Gideon: On Becoming

 

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.

Deal?

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    Immanuel
    January 8, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    The protagonist of your writeup was an interesting personality; indeed. Lol
    It just goes on to reveal that there is a Gideon in most of us – that coward,fearful and skeptical personality.
    I came to this understanding that, God wouldn’t accept any excuses from him and interestingly from us no matter how valid they may be.
    Faith is not the absence of fear and as such God expect to move ahead in faith even when you have no idea where. If we allow God to deal with the how, where, when and who.

    Today’s post is particularly important to me presently because I could see myself acting exactly like Gideon. God is asking me to do some things that I don’t even have a clear idea about. But I’m trusting and moving bits by bits until the next instruction.

    Thanks for sharing this!
    Blessings

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      Bisola
      January 8, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      Interesting person he was indeed. I can imagine the look on the faces of his brethren when they realised he burnt down the idol. Like “is he high or something? “lol.The cowardly person they knew would not have been so bold as to do something like that. He ended up exceeding their imagination.

      You are correct. Faith is not the absence of fear. Instead we should trust God to calm our fears and deal with the where, when and how. It struck me how patient the angel was with him, and how God kept telling Gideon till he believed. What we hear from God can change us, if we are willing to hear it and believe it.

      If you are able to trust God, you are good to go. I am certain that he will honour your trust.
      Thank you Immanuel for this insight on Gideon. I would love your Insight on any other Bible character.

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    Knit
    January 9, 2017 at 11:49 am

    It fulfills the requirements of individuals.It is very useful for my future.

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    Immanuel
    January 9, 2017 at 11:58 am

    It would be a pleasure if given the chance to discus any other Bible character you might have in mind.
    Have a great week

    Blessings

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      Bisola
      January 9, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      Of course the chance is yours already.
      Any Bible character will do. It doesn’t have to be a good one as we know it, some of those good ones were flawed too, it could be a bad character. Anyone whose life teaches us one or two things or lessons or more about God is fine. I wil send you an email today.

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    E
    January 12, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Super excited for this! Looking forward to reading about these characters! Going to read about Gideon now

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      Bisola
      January 12, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Thank you dear.
      Glad you are excited. I am too. And I am happy about the reaction It has gotten.
      That’s the goal, for me and for you to be interested in reading more about this people, their lives and their relationship with God and improve our Bible reading too.

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    FTJ
    January 12, 2017 at 7:52 am

    This Gideon guy, from fearfear to man of valour. His story excites me. What trusting God can do. Well done on this post. I look forward to more.

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      Bisola
      January 12, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Not only you, it excited me too. As Immanuel said, there’s a Gideon in all of us. May God help us to see ourselves the way he sees us and be what he created us to be.
      Thank you dear. But it’s for all of us. I am eager to read more about characters from other people’s perspective.

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