Gideon Objective



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Gideon

Objective:


  • Summary of the Old Testament Story

  • Understanding God’s will and interactions with his people

  • Understanding that the Holy Spirit was present in the beginning

  • Understanding Characteristics of a servant who responds to God’s calling


References:


  • Spirit Filled Life Bible for Students; NKJV

  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Bible

  • www.biblegateway.com

  • Father Younan’s sermon on Gideon (January 2007)


Scriptural Verse:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
      And lean not on your own understanding” Proverbs.3:5-6
Outline:


  • Summary of the Story (Gideon: Judges 6-8)

  • Characteristics of Gideon

  • Relationship with God

  • A Call to Service



Midianites Oppress Isreal

  • Israelites disobedient to the Lord, they were oppressed by the Midianites for seven years; they worshiped their gods (Baal)

  • Judges 6:7, people of Israel cried to God for help.
  • The Amalekites were an ancient nomadic tribe that were compared to locusts(Judges 7:12)



Characteristics of Gideon


  • Helped to create sustenance for his family at the time of oppression; hard worker: 6:11

  • Judges 6:12

  • Became a MIGHTY MAN OF VALOR that’s what God called him; because God saw him not for what he was; but for what He was going to make him to be.

  • Youthful, brave, felt the responsibility to help his people (responded, although slowly) to the calling, despite his youth and despite he was from a poor family. (Judges 6:15)

  • a man of prayer Judges 6:13

  • Judges 6: 14-16; the Lord’s conversation with Gideon, I have sent you; and you should defeat them as one man. It is through God that our victories are won; Prov. 3:5,6


Gideon’s Relationship with God


  • Gideon did not want to be deceived; but wanted prove that it was indeed God that was talking with him; 6:17-24 and (2 Corinthians 11:14)

  • Judges 6:12, the Angel of the Lord is the Holy Spirit-God HIMSELF not just an angel, present from the beginning with the father, told Gideon
  • The Lord is Peace: Yahweh Shalom: Shalom means “wholeness”, “security” and “well-being”, “prosperity”, “peace” and “friendship” Gideon discovered a new relationship with God. Gideon had a personal understanding of who God is and this is how he was able to trust Him and His will for Gideon.


  • Gideon needed confirmation of his calling by the Lord; he had a relationship with God that provided assurance/confidence for the calling; Judges 6:36-40


A Call to Service:


  • What are we called to do? What do we feel a responsibility to do? Do we have a relationship with God, so that we have an understanding for His will in our lives?

  • Is God sending messages to our hearts and are we sensitive to what our hearts are aching for?

  • Are we feeling the responsibility like Gideon did?






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