- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Judge 6
After forty years of peaceful time, the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and the Lord gave them into the hands of the Midianites, the people of the East, nomadic raiders, who oppressed them for seven years. The oppressed life condition of the Israelites is described verses 1-6)
God raised Gideon in response to the Israelites’ cry for help to save them. He was a hero of the tribe of Manasseh. God called him to save Israel. His calling story as deliverer of his country recalls that of Moses when God called Moses to go back to Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go, but he reluctant to go giving excuses (Exodus 3 and 4).
God commanded to bring sacrificial offering to show the presence of God, and Gideon knew God by experience, “The Lord is peace.” Destroying the Baal altar and Asherah pole, was an act of purity in faith of God.
Allied army with the Midianites and Amalekites attached Israel but the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, and he prepared to attack them by asking God a sign. Why did he ask God signs? He wanted to make sure if God really wanted him to save Israel (v.36)
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?