Gideon: Mighty man of valor
Summary: Gideon was a man called of God to do great things. He thought so little of himself, and was so filled with doubt and unbelief, but God was patient with him. He was still them man for the job, in spite of his weaknesses. God had a big plan, that he accomplished through a small group of men. (their army went from 22,000 to 300) God had a specific plan that they had to follow in order to be victorious. Ultimately, because he obeyed the plan God gave him, he became what God knew he was all along, the “Mighty Man of Valor”. If we will obey God like Gideon did, even when the plan sounds crazy, we will become what God desires and sees us as already.
22 "For if you are careful to keep all this
commandment which I am commanding you to do, to love the LORD your God, to walk
in all His ways and hold fast to Him, 23
then the LORD will drive out all these nations from before you, and you
will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you. 24 "Every place on which the sole of your
foot treads shall be yours; your border will be from the wilderness to
47 "Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things; 48 therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in the lack of all things; and He will put an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you. 49 "The LORD will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as the eagle swoops down, a nation whose language you shall not understand, 50 a nation of fierce countenance who will have no respect for the old, nor show favor to the young. 51 "Moreover, it shall eat the offspring of your herd and the produce of your ground until you are destroyed, who also leaves you no grain, new wine, or oil, nor the increase of your herd or the young of your flock until they have caused you to perish.
1 ¶ Then the sons of
Some things had happened to
Now it came about when the sons of
Finally they prayed, and as always, the Lord heard. Once they had given Him permission to get involved, He was able to move, until then, His Arms were tied. God couldn’t move until they asked Him to.
8 that the LORD sent a prophet to the sons of
The Lord sent a man of God to bring the Word to them. He reminded them that He was still the same God who had delivered them in the past. He told them where they had missed it.
11 ¶ Then the angel of the LORD came and sat under
the oak that was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite as his son
Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press in order to save it from the
Midianites. 12 The angel of the LORD
appeared to him and said to him, "The LORD is with you, O valiant
warrior." 13 Then Gideon said to him,
"O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us?
And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did
not the LORD bring us up from
He called a man, an unlikely man, to use. Gideon wasn’t as weak as he let on. He was mostly weak in his own mind.
Then Gideon took ten men of his servants and did as the LORD had spoken to him; and because he was too afraid of his father’s household and the men of the city to do it by day, he did it by night.
He had servants. Poor weak people don’t have servants.
18 ¶ Then he said to Zebah and Zalmunna, "What kind of men were they whom you killed at Tabor?" And they said, "They were like you, each one resembling the son of a king." 19 He said, "They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. As the LORD lives, if only you had let them live, I would not kill you."
The kings of Midian said that Gideon was a “son of a king”. It was only Gideon that thought so lowly of himself. God still used him, even though he doubted, even though he still had a low self image. He obeyed God. That was what finally made him a “Mighty Man of Valor.” Stop making excuses and obey God!