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Week 12 Day 5
Week 12 Day 5
The Midianites grazed their cattle on Israel's farmlandsThey stole anything they wanted from the IsraelitesGideon grew up in that environment of fear frustration and povertyYet he knew the stories about glorious days long ago when God had done miraculous deeds to save his forefathersBut one look outside his door told himGod was no where in sight nowThen an angel addressed Gideon as a "mighty man of valor!" now that was a totally new thought! Gideon considered himself anything butIt took a little time but Gideon did become strong in the Lord.
FEARFUL OR MIGHTY? Will the real Gideon please stand up. Judges 6
So the land had rest for forty years. 1Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord. So the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian for seven years, 2and the children of Israel made for themselves dens, caves, and strongholds in the mountains. 3So it was, whenever Israel had sown, Midianites would come up; also Amalekites and the people of the East would come up against them. 4They would encamp against them and destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep nor ox nor donkey. 5They would come up with livestock and tents, as numerous as locusts, and enter the land to destroy it. 6So Israel was greatly impoverished and cried out to the Lord. 11Now the Angel of the Lord came 12and appeared to Gideon and said to him, "The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!" 13Gideon 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? But now the Lord has forsaken us." 14Then the Lord turned to him and said, "Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?" 15So he said to Him, "O my Lord, how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house." 16The Lord said, "Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man." 25The Lord said, "Tear down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the wooden image that is beside it; 26and build an altar to the Lord." 27So Gideon took ten men from among his servants and did as the Lord had said. But because he feared his father's household, he did it by night. 36So Gideon said to God, "If You will save Israel by my hand--37look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel as You have said." 38And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung out a bowlful of water. 39Then Gideon said to God, "Do not be angry with me, but let me test, once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew." 40And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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