GIDEON PT1: Despite Our Lack Of Faith

“And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon…” Hebrews 11:32


The story of Gideon begins with Gideon’s LACK OF FAITH in the Lord.


Setting the stage here, the children of Israel had done evil in the sight of the Lord (yet again - what else is new?) and were under their enemy Midian’s rule for seven years until they finally cried out to the Lord to save them.


Enter scene: Gideon.


Judges 6:12-18 “And the Angel of the Lord appeared to [Gideon] and said to him, “The Lord is with you, valiant warrior.”


GIDEON QUESTIONS GOD THE FIRST TIME

Then Gideon said to him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did the Lord not bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to Midian.”


And the Lord looked at him and said, “Go in this strength of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?”


GIDEON QUESTIONS GOD A SECOND TIME

But he said to Him, “O Lord, how am I to save Israel? Behold, my family is the least in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my fathers house.”


Yet the Lord said to him, “I will certainly be with you, and you will defeat Midian as one man.”


GIDEON QUESTIONS GOD A THIRD TIME

“So Gideon said to Him, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, then perform for me a sign that it is You speaking with me.”


Gideon questions the Lord many times.


He questions God’s sovereignty. He uses his family's status and his own age as excuses.


And after all of his whining, the Lord assures Gideon that He is with him.


Gideon still doubts and then asks for a sign, for proof that it IS the Lord actually speaking to him. And the Lord patiently proves Himself, erasing all doubts that He is GOD.


Finally, after all the questioning and whining and excuses, Gideon realizes he is in the presence of the Lord, so he builds an altar to the Lord and worships. (v22-24)


I wish we could just stop there and say that Gideon learned his lesson...but there’s more to this story.


THAT SAME NIGHT, after having communed with Lord, after building an altar and worshipping Him, Gideon is asked to tear down the Baal idols and raise up an altar to the Lord.