Why Did Gideon Tear Down the Idols?
2. Idol Worship Is Unacceptable
People today can often forget that we worship idols too. They don’t look the same as they did in Gideon’s time. While we don’t have golden calves in our yards, we hold wealth, status, time, and many other things as idols. Anything that separates us from God is an idol.
Gideon has been living in a family that has turned from their God. They have been worshipping Baal and most likely, so was Gideon. After Gideon has realized that it is the sovereign Lord speaking, he follows the instruction to take down his father’s altar to Baal and the Asherah pole beside it.
God still asks that we tear down the idols in our lives. He instructs us to not let anyone or anything come between Him and us. Idols were not acceptable then, and they are not acceptable today. We cannot serve two masters and we cannot carry out the work Christ has for us when we have idols in our lives.
3. We Are All Unfinished Products
The beginning of Gideon’s story paints the picture of a young man who is scared, complacent, and hiding from his enemies. Fear has infiltrated Gideon’s heart and the hearts of all Israelites. The tribe of Manasseh is weak, and Gideon doesn’t seem to have much hope of life getting any better. Some readers might even call Gideon a coward.
First, we must consider Gideon’s age. We don’t know the exact number, but we do know he is the youngest son in his family. Most likely, Gideon still has some growing and learning to do. His faith was weak, yet he sought out the Lord’s guidance.
Not once but three times in Gideon’s story, we read his requests for God to give him a sign. Clearly, Gideon was second-guessing what was happening. He wanted to be sure he was interpreting the instructions correctly. Gideon was still growing in his faith, and God was gracious in answering Gideon’s request for a sign.
What we can take away from this is that, like Gideon, we are an unfinished product. Only with the guidance of God can we grow and strengthen our faith.
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