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Scripture: Judges 6-8

God’s Command: Be Strong and Courageous

Why? Like Joshua we will:

  • Face unusual circumstances
  • Receive an unusual calling and commission
  • Experience unusual breakthrough and victory

 

The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and for seven years He gave them into the hands of the Midianites. (Judges 6:1)

 

You Need Courageous Faith to:

1. Keep on trusting God (Judges 6:11-13)

11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” (Judges 6:11-12)

Gideon’s unusual circumstances = tough time

  • Whatever planted = ruined
  • Whatever livestock left = taken

“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” (Judges 6:13)

 

2. Obey God’s call and commission (Judges 6:14-16)

14 The Lord turned to him and said, “*Go* in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” 15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” 16 The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.” (Judges 6:14-16)

 

3. Ask God for a sign (Judges 6:17-24)

17 Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. 18 Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.” And the Lord said, “I will wait until you return.” 19 Gideon went inside, prepared a young goat, and from an ephah of flour he made bread without yeast. Putting the meat in a basket and its broth in a pot, he brought them out and offered them to him under the oak. 20 The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And Gideon did so. 21 Then the angel of the Lord touched the meat and the unleavened bread with the tip of the staff that was in his hand. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the Lord disappeared. 22 When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he exclaimed, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!” 23 But the Lord said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.”  24 So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord Is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. (Judges 6:17-24)

 

4. Break down Baal’s altar and rebuild God’s altar (Judges 6:25-28)

25 That same night the Lord said to him, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old. Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it. 26 Then build a proper kind of altar to the Lord your God on the top of this height. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the second bull as a burnt offering.” 27 So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the Lord told him. But because he was afraid of his family and the townspeople, he did it at night rather than in the daytime. 28 In the morning when the people of the town got up, there was Baal’s altar, demolished, with the Asherah pole beside it cut down and the second bull sacrificed on the newly built altar! (Judges 6:25-28)

 

You must renounce and denounce sin, falsehood, worldliness, permissiveness, etc.
You must stand up for what is right, godly and biblical.
You must preach the gospel, evangelize, fast and pray, support missions, etc.
You must contend for the faith (Jude 3)

Result:

  • You will not be popular
  • You will be persecuted

 

5. Ask God for a miracle (Judges 6:36-40)

36 Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised37 look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” 38 And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water. 39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.” 40 That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew. (Judges 6:36-40)

 

6. Do God’s work God’s way (Judges 7:1-25)

  • Manpower must reduce from 32,000 men to 10,000 men, from 10,000 men to 300 men.
  • Weapons of warfare = trumpets, empty jars, torches
  • Strategy for Victory
    • Form 3 groups of 100 men
    • Blow trumpets
    • Break jars
    • Light torches
    • Shout loudly
    • Attack at midnight

Reason for doing things God’s way: God will get ALL the glory

‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6)

27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)

Result of obeying God and doing things His way:

  • Enemy became fearful, confused and panicky
  • Enemy killed each other
  • Enemy was wiped out – 135,000 dead (Judges 8:10-12)
  • Israel enjoyed peace for 40 years

Courageous Faith calls for:

  • Total trust in God’s ability
  • Total dependence on God’s faithfulness
  • Total trust + dependence = Total Victory in Him

 

7. Follow God all the way (Judges 8:22-35)

  • Humble yourself before God
  • Allow Him to rule and reign in your life
  • Fear Him and give Him all the glory
  • Worship Him and find your rest in Him

Be ready for:

  • Unusual circumstances and situations
  • Unusual call and commission
  • Unusual breakthrough and victory

When unusual circumstances come:

  • Be Strong and Courageous
  • Exercise Courageous Faith
  • Expect Miracles and Victory

 

 

By: Rev. Glen Lim

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