Saturday, October 16
Judges 8:1-21 Then the men of Ephraim said to him, "What is this that you have done to us, not to call us when you went to fight against Midian?" And they accused him fiercely...
think about it.
With victory over the Midianites, what is Gideon's next battle (8:1-6)? How does he handle this opposition (8:5-17)?
Gideon gives us a sad example of what can happen when we allow our anger and frustration to drive our actions. He and his men are pursuing the kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, who fled from the main battle with 15,000 men. Gideon and his 300 men are exhausted and they stop in two cities and ask for food. At both places, they are rudely turned away. Well as you can imagine, Gideon is not pleased. He's angry so he lashes out verbally and then comes back and takes revenge on the leaders of these two cities punishing the men of Succoth with thorns and briers and actually killing the men of Penuel. (vs. 15-17). Gideon was out of line and out of control.
It's not a sin to get frustrated or angry. That's part of life. It's how we respond that's the tipping point. So what are some things we can do to help us stop and think about responding properly? Tami W.
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