August 6, 2017
Gideon may being saying he doesn't want to be king, but he was acting like it.
Gideon actually leaves Israel in worse shape than when he started
July 30, 2017
He had to fight against Midianites
He had to fight against the Israelites
He had to fight against himself
July 24, 2017
Israel's army of 32,000 was still at a 4 to 1 disadvantage against the Midianites. This was too many Israelites for God.
When 22,000 soldiers leave, leaving 10,000, it was now a 14 to 1 disadvantage against the Midianites. This again was still too many Israelites for God.
After the testing at the water, only 300 pass the test, making it now a 450 to 1 disadvantage against the Midianites. God doesn't even need the 300 and Gideon but chooses to use them.
July 16, 2017
The problem of Israel was not the Midianites but the fact they forget God.
Gideon puts God to the test, where he is at in fear and doubt, not out of faith.
God responded to Gideon out of grace.
July 9, 2017
God commands Gideon to tears down his father's alter to Baal in the middle of the night.
Idol worship is not just in Israel in some vague way, its in his own family!
Even though the whole town wanted Gideon's life, his father stands with Gideon.
July 4, 2017
Chapter four the Israel's battle is conveyed in literal detail. Chapter five conveys the same battle in poetic terms.
June 26, 2017
Was Barak fearful or wise in wanting Deborah to come along?
Was Deborah rebuking or prophesying?
Who was the true Judge and deliverer Deborah or Barak?
The hero is always God.
June 18, 2017
Abraham committed himself to God's will. God did provide a sacrifice.
June 11, 2017
Missions for the church is to be centrifugal (moving away from the center) Making disciples is the main verb in the text. Go, baptize, teach are all modifiers of the verb. All four are imperatives.
June 6, 2017
Shamgar's Time people traveled carefully and in much fear due to oppression by the Philistines. Shamgar's killing of 600 Philistines is reminiscent of Samson or David's mighty men