Good morning! While we missed Pastor Alan last Sunday, we were blessed to have Terry step in to take us through chapters 6 & 7 of the Book of Judges, teaching us about God uses unlikely heroes. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included some notes and links to Scriptures he references. Enjoy!
God has called us: not the mighty or the famous, but those who are willing to let Him work through us. (1 Corinthians 1:22-29)
- Judges 6:1 – shows the rebellion of God’s people & the sovereignty of God over all things
- Judges 6:2-7 – Midian laid waste to Israel until the people finally “cried uncle”
- Judges 6:8-10 – God sent a prophet to remind the Israelites of all He had done for them, and of their disobedience.
- Judges 6:11-12 – Gideon, hiding from the Midianites, was approached by the angel of the Lord, who called him “mighty” (God can use any willing heart – 1 Corinthians 1:22-29).
- Judges 6:13 – Gideon essentially asked the question we all are probably asking in these days, “Why are things the way they are?”
- Judges 6:14 – Instead of answering his question, God began to impart His strength.
- Judges 6:15-16 – Gideon told God he was unworthy to be sent out, but God reminded Gideon that He was with him.
- Judges 6:17-21 – Gideon asked God for a sign to prove that this calling was really from Him
- Judges 6:25-27 – God told Gideon to tear down the idols, but Gideon (still fearful) did it at night.
- Judges 6:34 – the Spirit came upon Gideon
- In the Old Testament, the Spirit came when needed, but then departed.
- In the New Testament/Covenant, the Holy Spirit ABIDES in His people
- Judges 6:37-40 – Gideon, still wanting to make sure this is from God, asked for more signs.
- Judges 7:1-8 – God winnowed down the Israelite forces until only 300 remained to go against over 135,000 Midianite forces, so there’d be no doubt Who defeated the Midianites.
- Judges 7:9 – God had already won the battle, already knew the outcome. All that was left was for Gideon and his 300 men to remain faithful.
- Judges 7:10-14 – God knew Gideon’s heart, so He gave Gideon a fourth sign.
- Judges 7:16-22 – Gideon & his men were “armed” with trumpets, torches, and pitchers to cover the torches. God did the work – He confused the enemy & they destroyed themselves. Not one of Gideon’s 300 men were killed!
- The story of Gideon shows us that the idols in our lives must come down first before God can prove Himself mighty in/through us.
- Hebrews 12:1-2 – throw off those things holding us down, so that we can finish strong
- We need to redeem the time, for the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16)