(Judges 8) – Gideon’s adventures and accomplishments.
God used Gideon in mighty ways to deliver Israel, exactly what He said He was going to do.
Gideon chased after the kings of Midian to capture and kill them. While doing so he experienced opposition from his fellow Israelites.
Sometimes your greatest opposition in serving God will be from other Christians.
These supposed “Brothers” were unwilling to serve bread to Gideon and his weary men. They didn’t show kindness to them and even appear to mock them for asking for bread before having “finished the job”.
Gideon presses on, as he should, and God strengthens him and his men to accomplish what they set out to do. They do indeed finish the job.
The unkindness of the people in Succoth and Penuel resulted in severe discipline at Gideon’s hands.
It’s never wise to spurn a faithful representative of God.
Israel wanted Gideon to rule over them, something they seem to default to whenever a servant of God wins battles over foreign enemies. They wanted a human king like the rest of the nations.
Being like the rest of the world isn’t a good idea.
Gideon rightfully points them back to being ruled by God in their lives. God was their king and it should stay that way.
Because of Gideon’s leadership and obedience to the Lord, the people of Israel experienced peace for 40 years.
Funny how that works…you listen to God, and things go well!
As soon as Gideon dies though, the people revert back to idol worship.
And so the cycle continues…