Sunday, January 28, 2018
Block 94 Gideon
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“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
Despite countless warnings, the Israelites continued to disobey God and worshipped false gods. As punishment, God allowed them to be overtaken by others. During a time when they were under siege by the Midianites, God chose a very unlikely hero to deliver Israel from the Midianites.
Gideon was the youngest member of his family and belonged to the weakest clan in Israel. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and described him as a great and might warrior, Gideon was flabbergasted. He must have been thinking, “who, ME? You must have the wrong guy.” Gideon asked God for proof (three times) before he would commit himself to God’s plan to deliver the Israelites. God provided the proof, and Gideon went to work. God commanded Gideon to destroy the shrine of the false god Baal and offer a proper sacrifice there. This task was a warm up for God’s next task: build an army and combat the Midianites. Gideon obeyed and assembled 32,000 men. Ready to attack the enemy, God cut Gideon’s army to a mere 300 men and then He sent Gideon into battle without traditional weapons. Gideon’s men were armed with nothing more than pitchers, trumpets and lamps, yet they were victorious. They made such a ruckus that the Midianites feared they were being attacked by a mighty army, and they ran away. God gave Gideon proof that despite insurmountable odds, God’s grace delivered the victory over the Midianites. There could be no doubt that Gideon could not have defeated the Midianites without God’s intercession. The Israelites wanted to reward Gideon for his leadership and declare him king, but Gideon declined, giving God the credit for the victory.
At a time when his faith was challenged, Gideon placed his trust in the Lord. “In God We Trust” is printed on all American currency. Those words should be a constant reminder to us that when we face adversity in our lives, should put our faith in God to deliver us.
I chose Nelson’s Victory block to represent Gideon and commemorate his underdog victory over the Midianites.