Book of Judges Chapter Six
(Part Two)

Introduction: A key idea in Judges is that God blesses obedience and punishes disobedience. Today, we hope to continue our discussion of the Midianites’ oppression and the call of Gideon.

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Reach Judges 6:14-23

1. The Call of Gideon (continued). In the book of Judges there is an exchange between Gideon and the Lord. Gideon talks about his inability. The Lord talks about how with the Lord, Gideon is able.

When the angel causes the offering to flare up, Gideon is afraid. But the Lord assures Gideon that he will be alright.

Applications –

- God’s provision. Notice in vss. 15-16 that Gideon’s strength was limited, but the Lord’s strength was more than enough. In like manner, we should have an humble understanding of our own strength. There is no reason for us to be arrogant.

Without God, we are embarrassingly weak. However, we should be confident in the Lord’s strength. Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. Let’s work on trusting God to provide for us, as we follow His will.

- Giving. Notice in vs. 17 that Gideon gave. It should be natural for those who belong to the Lord to give to the Lord, in proportion to how God has blessed them.

Matthew 6:21 teaches that where our treasure is our heart is also. Let’s give to God, as if we appreciate Him and trust Him.

- Faith over fear. Notice in vs. 23 of Judges chapter 6 that Gideon was afraid. However, he was afraid because of a misinterpretation of what was going on. In like manner, if we are not careful, we will be fearful because of misinterpretation of what is going on in our lives.

Even when things are bad, we can interpret them as bad things that God will use for our good (see Rom. 8:28); thus, there is still no need to fear. Let’s work on trusting God more than fearing how things look to us.

Read Judges 6:24-30

Continuation. In this chapter of Judges the Lord calls for Gideon to destroy the altar of Baal. Gideon is to also offer a burnt offering to the Lord. Gideon was afraid but obedient. The men of the area found out what Gideon did and wanted to kill him.

Applications –

- Replacing false gods with the real God. Notice in vss. 25-26 that God called for the replacement of a false god with Himself (i.e., the one and only true God). First, whatever we treat as all important is our god. It can be our job, family, money, tradition, or even ourselves.

Second, God is calling us to tear false gods down. Third, God is calling us to replace the false gods with Himself. Today, this calls for accepting Jesus as our savior by faith and living lives that are focused on loving God and others, as we love ourselves.

Fourth, we should strive to set a great example for our young people and generations to come. Gideon’s father was a part of the idolatry, in the text. Let’s work on replacing false gods with the one and only true God. Our behavior is a greater indicator of our actually doing this or not.

- Overcoming fear with obedience. Notice that in vs. 27 that Gideon carried out God’s instructions under the cover of night. First, Gideon’s having 10 servants may suggest that he was a man of means.

His father was probably the one with the real wealth and he was sharing it with his son. In spite of his wealth, he was fearful, which was not in line with God’s will.

We should remember that money is not everything. If we have wealth but are out of fellowship with God, we will find ourselves hiding with our wealth. But with God, even if we are broke, God can send wealth. God can also provide us peace of mind without wealth.

Second, even though Gideon was so afraid that he worked at night, at least he got the job done. There are too many who are so afraid today that they don’t get the job done. Let’s work on prioritizing our fellowship with God, which calls for overcoming our fear with obeying Him.

Conclusion: Let’s work on being obedient, instead of disobedient. God has much for those who obey His will.

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