Gideon Builds Momentum (I think?)
When you overcome a big hurdle in your life, don’t you go: Yeah!! Especially, when this is something God has been dealing with you about? I know I do. Perhaps this is how Gideon was feeling after he obeyed God and pulled down the altar of Baal and the Asherah, replacing them with an altar to the LORD his God. I’m not talking about being filled with pride because “you did it” but about being filled with joy because God did it through you.
Does that feeling of accomplishment give you a little momentum for the next hurdle, especially if that hurdle is not yet in sight?
Judges 6:28-32 ESV
When the men of the town rose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was broken down, and the Asherah beside it was cut down, and the second bull was offered on the altar that had been built. And they said to one another, “Who has done this thing?” And after they had searched and inquired, they said, “Gideon, the son of Joash has done this thing.” Then the men of the town said to Joash, “Bring out your son, that he may die, for he has broken down the altar of Baal and cut down the Asherah beside it.” But Joash said to all who stood against him, “Will you contend for Baal? Or will you save him? Whoever contends for him will be put to death by morning. If he is a god, let him contend for himself, because his altar has been broken down.” Therefore on that day Gideon is called Jerubbaal, that is to say, “Let Baal contend against him,” because he broke down his altar.
Repercussions from Town
Oh yes, Gideon knew it was coming and it seems that his dad did as well. His dad certainly had a good answer prepared, huh?
Those men from town were looking for someone to blame for tearing down their pagan altar. They wanted to make someone pay! It did not take long for them to figure out who their man was, did it??
Who Contends for Who?
So, they are fully prepared to kill this guy. They go to Gideon’s dad and say, “Give him to us!” And he says, “Can’t this god of yours take care of himself?”
Let’s go back for just a second. Verse 25 clearly states that this place of pagan worship belonged to Joash. Something seems to have happened to Joash’s convictions at this point. Maybe, he was forced to have it there from the beginning… or maybe, he was a witness to all that had transpired between Gideon and the Angel of the LORD and had a complete change of heart.
Right now, all I know is that Joash did not seem at all upset about the altar that had been built for the LORD Himself replacing the pagan altar that had been there before. In addition to this, it also seems that he is not really too concerned about Baal wiping Gideon off the face of the earth either. Don’t you just love that whole scen??!!
Through My Eyes
You know, if I had been there I think I would have been shaking in my size 8 boots!! Unless of course, I had a solid knowledge of the power and dominion of the One whose side I was on.
It is a little difficult to relate this situation to
Let’s really think about it for a minute. In reality, we see it when we listen to the news (which I avoid as much as possible), look around at the people we encounter, and even look in that mirror over the sink when we brush our teeth! Undeniably, we see how idolatry exists and persists every single day in many different ways in 2019.
Happily and Gratefully Sheltered
Most of us are happily and gratefully sheltered from the worst kinds of things that are rooted in idolatry. However, then my own selfishness crops up, as I attempt to navigate Macy’s for a gift for someone else. And then, what a struggle ensues! More about me and Macy’s on another day… or not!
Gideon’s New Name
Those angry men now decided to saddle Gideon with a new name. They called him, Jerubbaal, which I think was meant to make him and his dad shudder with fear. It might be a trophy of sorts to some. It did not seem to slow Gideon down at the time, did it? At this point in time, I think he knew that he was safe in God Almighty’s care and protection.
God and Mere Men
This is such a wonderful story of our great God, His faithfulness and mere men who were being used for His glory!! And the best part is that it is not a fairy story or a tall tale. It is a historical account of God, His beautiful character, and His love for His people.
Things to Ponder:
- It is so easy to minimize my attitude at Macy’s as I compare it to what “really bad people” do. But, if I have idolatry in my heart, especially as a Christian, I must take it very seriously, because God does.
- How would you handle the challenges Gideon’s dad and Gideon himself are facing in this situation? Think of it in a situation that could happen today.
- When I think about being in a similar situation, I myself, wonder if I could so courageously fulfill this assignment. I pray that God will give us what we need when we need it.