Sunday, October 17
Judges 8:22-35 Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and lived in his own house. Now Gideon had seventy sons, his own offspring, for he had many wives...
think about it.
After his victories, what did the men of Israel want Gideon to do (8:22-28)? How does his answer demonstrate the problem of incomplete obedience? What do you learn here about Gideon's family? What happened after his death (8:33-35)? What are you doing to help the next generation be faithful to God?
Gideon's story is one that has always intrigued me. Yes, he most certainly did some great things for the Lord. He is in Hebrews 11 as a person of great faith after all. But Gideon also did some really foolish things and we find one of those in Judges 8:22-28. After Gideon has rescued Israel from the Midianites, the people want to make him King. Gideon wisely refuses this offer, but in the very next breath he foolishly asks them to give him the earrings from the spoil of the victory. The people comply and Gideon makes a golden ephod. The people of Israel worshiped it and "it became a snare to Gideon and his family" (vs. 27).
As I read this account, I found myself wondering What was Gideon thinking? And How did he get so far off base? Here's where I landed. Gideon didn't seek God. He just responded. Now one response was good, but the other was poor and it had serious consequences for the Israelites and Gideon's family.
So what can we do to make seeking counsel and direction from God our first course of action? Tami W.
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