Book of Judges Chapter Seven
(Part Two)





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

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Body:

Read Judges 7:9-18

2. Gideon’s Conquest (Continuation). The Lord tells Gideon to essentially sneak into the enemy camp, if he is scared. Gideon takes his servant with him, into the enemy’s camp. When Gideon heard the fear that the enemy had for the people of God, Gideon came back to his men with great confidence.

He calls his army to form three groups, and they are to follow his lead. They are armed with trumpets and empty jars with fire in them. 

Applications -

-Faith and fear. Notice in vss. 9-11 that when God gives us a great assignment, it is not strange for us to have faith and fear. The challenge of our day is to make sure that we have more faith than fear, and this calls for feeding our faith.

Prayerfully studying and obeying God’s word with the support of other disciples can help us become so filled with faith that there is little room for fear. Think about a young mother’s fear of raising her first child or your first few days on a new job.

After you step out on faith for a few months, notice how you have more faith than fear. Let’s work on feeding our faith, so we can be used by the Lord.

- Helping, instead of hurting, human leaders. Notice in vs. 11 that Gideon had a servant (i.e., Purah, vs. 11) who supported him, in spite of his frailties. First, every human has some frailties – short comings, weak spots, etc. No one is perfect.

Second, human leaders need helpers who will support them, be with them, and help them with their frailties, instead of simply expose, criticize, or even ignore the frailty. Third, we have a vested interest in our leader being the best that he/she can be, because we are all in this thing together.

Let’s work on helping our human leaders, instead of hurting or ignoring them. Think about how this relates to family leaders, leaders on your job, and community leaders.

- How do you hear God’s word? Notice in vss. vss. 12-15 that the dream demoralized the enemy and encouraged Gideon. In like manner, the word of God is comforting to some and condemning to others.

It is comforting to those who are either obeying it or willing to repent and start obeying it. However, it is condemning to those who are living in contradiction to God’s word and who refuse to repent.

Let’s make sure that we are striving to live in obedience to God’s will, so that we can be comforted, instead of condemned by God’s word.

- Worshipping and obeying.  Notice in vs. 15 that Gideon’s understanding of God’s will led to him worshipping God and serving Him with great confidence.

First, the more we understand God and His will for our lives, the more we should worship and praise Him. We should worship God with more enthusiasm than we celebrate our various forms of entertainment (e.g., sports).

Second, the more we understand God’s will, the more we should obey Him. To whom much is given much is required. Think about how much worse it is for people who have been in church for 10 or more years and don’t study, serve, or give, compared to those who just joined this year.

Let’s work on worshipping and obeying God even more, as we study and learn more about His will for our lives.

- Example setting. Notice in vss. 16-18 that Gideon was an example of a soldier who was enthusiastic about fighting for the Lord.

First, every believer is called to serve the Lord with enthusiasm, in spite of the devil doing all that he can stop us. There is a war going on.

Second, we should give extra effort to setting an example of how to serve and fight for the Lord, when people are being influenced by our example. Like it or not, our attitude influences the attitudes of others.

Let’s work on fighting for the Lord with exemplary enthusiasm. If all of God’s soldiers were like you, what kind of army would God have?

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

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