[bible1year] Devotional comments on Judges 7-9

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 14 Mar 2016 11:52:52 -0000
MARCH 14

        We see today that Gideon was not the only one who was 
afraid. Of the 32,000 men who rallied to his side, 22,000 of them 
were also afraid and returned home. However, God did not even need 
10,000 men to win the victory, so He put the remaining ones to a 
test and an additional 9,700 were sent home, leaving 300 to fight 
the battle with Gideon.

        On the night of the battle God saw that there was still fear 
in Gideon's heart, so He graciously gave him a special sign that he 
would win the battle. The barley cake represented Gideon, for barley 
was the poorest kind of food. God was going to use this "poor 
farmer" to win a great victory.

        Gideon became a compromiser in chapter 8. After his great 
victory, the nation asked him to become their king and establish a 
royal family. He refused, saying, "The Lord shall rule over you" 
(chapter 8:23). However, he used this opportunity to ask for a 
"lesser thing"--all their earrings and ornaments. He made an 
idolatrous image with the 70 pounds of gold he collected! What the 
Midianites had been unable to do by means of sword, Satan 
accomplished with earrings! It is sad to see the man who overthrew 
Baal's altar now setting up an idol of his own! Unfortunately, the 
whole nation forsook God and worshiped the new god. When Gideon died 
the nation went right back to worshiping Baal.