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
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?