--Today's Message: Stuck In Hiding (pt. 2) | Brandon Naramore
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Judges 6:11-27 (ESV)
11 Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” 13 And Gideon said to him, “Please, my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.” 14 And the Lord[a] turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” 15 And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.” 16 And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.” 17 And he said to him, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, then show me a sign that it is you who speak with me. 18 Please do not depart from here until I come to you and bring out my present and set it before you.” And he said, “I will stay till you return.”
19 So Gideon went into his house and prepared a young goat and unleavened cakes from an ephah[b] of flour. The meat he put in a basket, and the broth he put in a pot, and brought them to him under the terebinth and presented them. 20 And the angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened cakes, and put them on this rock, and pour the broth over them.” And he did so. 21 Then the angel of the Lord reached out the tip of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened cakes. And fire sprang up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened cakes. And the angel of the Lord vanished from his sight. 22 Then Gideon perceived that he was the angel of the Lord. And Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord God! For now I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face.” 23 But the Lord said to him, “Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die.” 24 Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it, The Lord Is Peace. To this day it still stands at Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiezrites.
25 That night the Lord said to him, “Take your father's bull, and the second bull seven years old, and pull down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the Asherah that is beside it 26 and build an altar to the Lord your God on the top of the stronghold here, with stones laid in due order. Then take the second bull and offer it as a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah that you shall cut down.” 27 So Gideon took ten men of his servants and did as the Lord had told him. But because he was too afraid of his family and the men of the town to do it by day, he did it by night.
“We had seen God in His splendours, heard the text that Nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man... In our darkest hour God is with us, in our weakest moments his strength endures." - Ernest Shackleton
Victim Mentality: The belief that bad things will always happen to you and it is outside of your power to stop it.
Vice: French word meaning moral fault or wickedness
Man of Valor: “The messenger calls Gideon a 'mighty hero of war.'” - T.C. Butler (2009). Judges (Vol. 8, p. 202).
The Desolate: Those with diminished powers, strength, and worth. - M.E. Tate (1998). Psalms 51–100.
“Although Gideon is aware of some of the traditions of Yahweh, for all practical purposes he and his family are worshipers of Baal and Asherah” (179), though Gideon and his family would probably see themselves as faithful worshipers of Yahweh at the same time.” T.C. Butler (2009). Judges (Vol. 8, p. 202).
“Gideon (is completely) unaware that he is having an encounter with God.” - B.G Webb (2012). The Book of Judges. (R. K. Harrison & R. L. Hubbard Jr., Eds.) (p. 229).
Weakest: low, poor, helpless, powerless, poor, insignificant, small.
Might: power, ability, (both) physical and intellectual.
"The gift/offering that Gideon prepares is a very large one, and must have occupied him for a long time. A young goat alone is more than a meal for a single visitor, and an ephah of flour (about 22 liters) is “entirely disproportionate, especially in the circumstances." - B.G. Webb (2012). The Book of Judges.
"What Gideon has just done he has done impulsively, as his own personal response to the revelation he has received. But probably without realizing it, he has created a situation which can’t remain unresolved, for there are now two altars in Ophrah, to two rival gods: his own God, Yahweh, who has just appeared to him, and his father’s god, Baal (the particular one worshiped in Ophrah under his father’s patronage)." - B.G. Webb (2012). The Book of Judges. (R. K. Harrison & R. L. Hubbard Jr., Eds.) (p. 235).