Lol. Gideon is quite an interesting character, which is why we are borrowing Toke’s book title. He “became” right before our very eyes ( or Bible pages). At a point his antics made me laugh out loud. It was really funny to me how very much afraid he was at first. Reminds me of somebody but I won’t say who. Lol.
So let’s talk about Gideon. After Joshua and Caleb died, the naughty and stubborn Israelites went back to their old ways a couple of times and God raised up some people to deliver them. Gideon was one of them. Isn’t it just amazing that God uses man to save man. He raises up deliverers from among the delivered. That’s just awesome. That’s what happened to Gideon . When you think of a deliverer, you think of someone like Samson, or even David, people who were courageous. But sometimes, we look outside for what is inside or among us.
Gideon didn’t have any courage oh at the beginning. I am certain that he never knew or even imagined that he was the man that would lead other men in Battle and deliver his people from the Midianites. In fact he was quite cowardly. He was threshing wheat in a winepress for the simple reason of keeping it from the Midianites who were oppressive and terrorising the People.
Then, he had an encounter with an angel who called him ” Mighty man of valour” and told him he would save Israel from the hands of the Midianites. The angel told him that the Lord was with him but he didn’t believe so he told the angel that the Lord had abandoned them, if not,the Israelites wouldn’t be suffering in the hands of the Midianites.
His reply when the angel to him that he was being sent to save Israel is hilarious. He was literally giving reasons why it couldn’t be.
Let me not give you Expo, read just three chapters , 6-8 in the book of Judges to find out more about Gideon and how he changed from a coward who burnt the idol of his father’s house ( 6 vs 27) at night instead of during the day out of fear, who tested the angel (6 vs 17) and God’s patience by requesting for signs ( 6 vs 37 and 38) to a leader and a mighty warrior.
When you read Chapters 7 and 8 you won’t believe that it was the same Gideon. He was learning to trust in God more, and God was the one calming his fears in chapter 7 vs 10. He may have been afraid but he learnt to trust in God.
He eventually died and in Chapter 9, we read of what happened after his death. Abimelech, his son killed the remaining 70 sons he had except Jotham who escaped and then cursed Abimelech and those who helped him before running to hide out of fear (Vs 21) . Abimelech and those who helped him eventually died as a result of that curse.
As for the Israelites, they went back to their naughty ways as soon as Gideon died
Have you read about Gideon? What’s your impression about him? Any lessons to be learnt? At the end, do you think he earned “Mighty man of valour “, the name he was called by the Angel?
His reply when the angel called him “Thou Mighty man of Valour ” shows that it is possible to see yourself less than what God sees you.
Gideon wasnt hearing it at all, he didn’t believe. It took a while before he could allow himself believe what God was saying about him. I am sure he was like “mighty what? For where? “lol. We have to connect to God in order for us to know what our divine destiny is, in order to be what God wants us to be, and see ourselves the way he sees us.
Did you note that Gideon, didn’t receive any special anointing or baptism of courage, all that happened is that he saw heaven’s picture of what he should be. He heard from God. What he was,was inside of him from birth. God already deposited it in him but fear took over.
P.S I am trying out ways that can make all of us including me more interested and invested in knowing more about the Word of God. This post is one of them, I intend talking about characters I read about from my point of view. You can also do so and send to me for posting. Any character, any view point, anyhow you see them or think of them. Let’s read up the Word of God.