Judges 8

(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…

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One thought on “Judges 8

  1. If you are looking unto Jesus, you should recognize His voice.

    The message of The 11 (“The narrow gate”)

    “The eleven disciples went to Galilee”
    “Where Jesus had told them to go”
    They heard His voice and obeyed His will
    Despite uncertainty down below

    Jesus spoke to them at length
    He wasn’t really a Tweeter
    Only 3 of them wrote Scripture
    Matthew John and Peter

    “Feed my sheep” said Jesus, for though
    “Heaven and earth will pass away”
    I have the words of eternal life and
    “My words will never pass away”

    “Enter through the narrow gate”
    The voice of Jesus through the eleven
    Believe in Jesus “through their message”
    And “eat from the tree of life” in heaven

    Jesus commissioned the eleven
    With “everything I have commanded you”
    “Teaching THEM to obey” Jesus
    And “THEM” means me and you !

    “The command given by our Lord and Savior”
    Is not a Pharisee speaking alone
    It came rather “through your apostles”
    Matthew Peter and John

    If a Pharisee boasts proudly
    Those men added nothing to my message
    He doesn’t speak for Jesus
    His words are nothing more than garbage

    Bibliography
    All “quotes” in “quotation marks” are from the writings of the Apostles Matthew John and Peter in the Bible, mostly the “Red Letter” words of Jesus. [Matthew, John, Revelation, 2 Peter – NIV]

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