- 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 8
Gideon defeats the Midianites.
Gideon took the life of two Midianites’ kings, Zehab and Zalmunna, and completed the battle. And he brought peace to the Israelites for forty years.
Two episodes were recorded during his battle against Midianites. When Gideon and his three hundred men camped at the east of Jordan river, the people of Succoth and Peniel did not support Gideon, instead they ridiculed him and his men, which provoked Gideon’s anger.
When the Israelites asked Gideon to rule them, he refused their request, saying, “the Lord will rule over you.” (v23). However, he made his own ephod, a kind of image, out of the plunder from the Midianites. He kept it at his home and the people of Israel worshipped it, which became snare to Gideon and his family.
When Gideon died the Israelites did not remember the Lord their God. They again worshipped Baal, and set up an idol, Baal-Berith, as their god.
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?