Judges 6 Outline
– The Midianites raided the Israelites (Judges 6:1-10)
– God chose Gideon to save the Israelites (Judges 6:11-25)
– Gideon destroyed the altar of Baal (Judges 6:25-32)
– Gideon asked for proof of Israel’s deliverance from the enemies (Judges 6:33-40)
Judges 6 Summary
The Israelites sinned against God so he delivered him into the hands of the Midianites. The Midianites oppressed the Israelites and forced to live in the mountains and caves. The Midianites were notorious. They stole their foods and livestock so that they live in poverty. When the Israelites couldn’t stand the oppressions any longer, they begged God to have mercy and help them. God sent a prophet to remind them of how he brought their ancestors out of Egypt when they were slaves. The prophet rebuked them for worshipping the Amorite gods of the Canaan people, which caused all these bad things to happen to them.
One day, an angel came to sit under the oak tree of Joash, the Abiezrite. Joash had a son called Gideon. At that time, Gideon was threshing the wheat at the winepress to hide his presence from the Midianites. The angel greeted Gideon by saying that God is with him. Gideon replied saying that if God was with the Israelites, the Midianites wouldn’t have robbed them of their crops and livestocks. The angel replied that God will give him the strength to defeat the Midianites so there is nothing he should be afraid. After arguing back and forth, Gideon asked the angel to prove to him that his message is from the Lord so that he can believe him.
Meanwhile, Gideon went into his house to prepare some sacrifices to present to the Lord. Gideon prepared meat, unleavened cakes and broth and put them under the tree. The angel told Gideon to put the meat and unleavened cakes on a rock and pour the broth over then. Gideon did what the angel told him. The angel used his staff to touch the meat and unleavened cakes so that flames jumped up out of them. Suddenly, the angel disappeared. When Gideon realized that he was speaking to God’s angel, he thought he was going to die. However, the Lord calmed down Gideon by telling him that he will not die. Therefore, Gideon built an altar and called it Jehovahshalom.
That night, God asked Gideon to butcher his father’s young bullock and another 7 year old bullock. He also instructed Gideon to tear down Baal altar and cut down the pole next to it. Next, Gideon is to use the wood to build an altar to the Lord on top of a rock. After that, Gideon is to use a second bullock to offer sacrifice to God. Gideon got help from 10 servants and did what God commanded of him at night because he was afraid of the people. When the people woke up, they found out that the sacred pole was cut down and Baal altar was already torn down. The people were furious and they started asking around to find out who did it. They finally found out that it was Gideon who did it.
When the people were about the kill Gideon, Joash protected him by saying that let Baal take avenge for himself since he is a god himself. It happened that the Midianites had allied with Amalekites and other eastern people to attack the Israelites again. The Holy Spirit filled Gideon and he blown a trumpet to gather fighting men from Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali.
Judges 6 Bible Study
1. Gideon was not fully assured of God’s promises and he repeatedly asked him for proofs
Gideon want to have firm assurance that God will give him the victory over his enemies so he put a fleece of wool on the floor. He asked God to make the fleece of wool wet with dew but let the ground around it dry. God answered Gideon’s prayer by doing just what Gideon asked. The next morning, when Gideon woke up, he found out that wool is wet with dew but the ground wasn’t wet at all. He twisted the wool and got a bowl full of water. To get more assurance, he asked God to make the wool dry but the ground around it should be wet with dew. God did just what Gideon asked that night. Gideon already acknowledged that God will deliver the enemies into his hands. Despite that, he was still unsure of God’s promises. He was not sure whether God will deliver the enemies into his hand so he asked for proofs. It is not wrong to ask God for proofs but it is best that we put our full trust in him. As Christian, we must grow our faith.
2. Maturing In Christ and putting our full trust in God
When you are a baby Christian, your faith will be weaker. As you grow and mature in Christ, your faith should become stronger and stronger. Sometimes, God will put obstacles in our lives so that we can look unto him and trust him to deliver us from the situation. Every obstacle that God puts in your live is a chance to make your faith in him stronger. The stronger your faith is, the more difficult Satan can lead you into astray from God.
3. Asking proofs from God
Asking for proofs from God is not wrong. In fact, it can help a new believer to strengthen his faith when he asks for proof from God. The bible already has many promises. When you are in doubt, you should reference the bible about God’s promises and held fast unto it. In this way, you will continue to have faith and perseverance in God.