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We are Gideon.

November 28, 2016

Over the past few weeks at our church we have been examining the life of Gideon from the book of Judges. Just this past Sunday we noticed that the last act of Gideon that the author of Judges recorded for us was not one worthy of admiration. Gideon deviated from God’s word by setting up an ephod (which is a strange name for a vest). The high priest of God’s people wore an ephod, and it was used to help discern the will of God. The text does not fully explain it, but it seems that Gideon was trying to take on a role that was designated for the high priest. Whether this was his intent or not, the whole shenanigan didn’t end well. The text says that the ephod became a snare for Gideon and the people, and they treated the ephod like an idol.


Gideon’s story in the book of Judges didn’t end well. Gideon sinned and led others into sin.


Thankfully, that is not the last word from the Bible about Gideon. The author of Hebrews encouraged his original readers to live by faith in what they knew to be true about Jesus Christ, even it didn’t seem reasonable, or comfortable, or safe for them. The author used Gideon, and many others, as examples of those who lived their lives by faith. Read carefully what he wrote: “For time would fail me to tell of Gideon (and others)…who through faith conquered kingdoms , enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.” I don’t remember Gideon stopping the chomping bite of a lion (that was Sampson), but Gideon did enforce justice, obtained promises, escaped death, was made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, and made the Midianite men run for their lives. The point is that Gideon’s life was not ultimately defined by one failure, but by faith in the promises of God.


We are all Gideons in the sense that we have all blown it big time. We have all sinned, and we have led others down that path of sin. But there is great hope in the story of Gideon. That hope is not that Gideon got it right the next time. The great hope is Jesus. Jesus got it right all the time. Jesus succeeded as a deliverer and ruler where Gideon failed. Gideon didn’t build his hope on himself, but rather on the promises of God, all of which are ultimately fulfilled in Jesus. Jesus is where our hope is supposed to stay.


I’m certain I will fail this week. And so will you. Our advantage over Gideon is that it is not likely that someone will record our failures for people to read about in hundreds of years. But our need is the same as Gideon’s. We need to be rescued and transformed. That is why Christ came to the earth—to accomplish what we could not accomplish, and to give His perfect life as the perfect sacrifice for our failures.


So look to Jesus, and march on in faith.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Clayton permalink
    November 29, 2016 8:15 am

    Great stuff. I may use that.

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