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The Story of Gideon

Judges 6-8


"belief in oneself and one's powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance." 

This month here at ANC Kids, we will be exploring confidence and how God can use you and your confidence to make a difference!

The next lesson on confidence comes from the book of Judges. Gideon is the main character this week and in his story, we learn that God told him to defeat those around him and that He (God) would help him do it. Read here for the summary of these books...

Judges 6-8:  

Gideon was the fifth judge over Israel in the book of Judges. He is introduced in chapter 6 of the book while he was collecting wheat and hiding it from the enemy. An angel came to him and asked him to take on the task of overthrowing the Midianites. While Gideon was threshing wheat an angel spoke to him and addressed him as a mighty man of valor. Gideon was hiding from the enemy and Gideon’s response was that he came from a poor family and was not a hero. Gideon was acting very heroically and that his response was a response of humility, not fear. The first big task God asked of Gideon was to overthrow the altar of Baal that the people of Israel had erected. He was then to build an altar to God. Gideon knew he was going to make people mad when he did this. He took ten servants with him and they destroyed the altar at night so that no one knew who had done it. The next morning it was discovered that Gideon was the one to blame for destroying their idol. The men of Israel were upset and wanted Gideon to be delivered to them so that they could kill him on behalf of Baal. Gideon’s father said that if Baal had been a true god then Baal could kill Gideon himself. Needless to say, Gideon was not killed (Judges 6:25-32). 

Gideon and his men prepared themselves for battle. God told Gideon and his servant to go down into the camp of the Midianites and hear some encouraging news. They listened in while one soldier told his dream to another. The dream was that a great barley loaf rolled into the camp and flattened a tent. The second soldier said that the dream meant that Gideon and the Israelites would destroy the camp of Midian (Judges 7:9-14). Gideon and his servant returned to the troops excited about what God was going to do through them. Gideon and his 300 continued to pursue the enemy until they captured kings and princes of the enemy armies. Gideon’s victory won the respect of the Hebrew nation. They wanted him to become their king and lead the country. Gideon refused saying that God would lead Israel.

The fear of Gideon and his mighty army spread throughout the region. During his pursuit of the enemy armies, Gideon had trouble from some of the tribes of Israel that would not give food to Gideon’s army so that they could continue to fight. Gideon came back and slew those uncooperative men. The fear of Gideon and his men was great enough that Israel lived in peace and worshiped God for the next 40 years until Gideon’s death (Judges 8). Gideon learned to trust God step by step. If the angel had told Gideon that he would defeat the 135,000 person army of the Midianites with just 300 men, Gideon would have had an impossible time believing that the message really was from God. God led him step by step. Paring down the army in such a way that Gideon knew God was in control. The purpose for having such a small army was that God wanted Israel to know that it was He, and not Gideon and his men, who defeated the enemy (Judges 7:2).

Gideon listened to what God told him to do and he defeated the massive armies of his enemies. He knew he couldn't do it all alone...God used him and helped him!

BOTTOM LINE: God can use you no matter what.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: How could God use you?


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Our verse for this month is Psalm 27:13

"I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living."

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