Tag Archive: Judges 8

“Gideon is well aware that his victories are really God’s; therefore he refuses to allow the people to make him their king.  Even when he makes a golden ephod, which some of the people later use in an idolatrous manner, Gideon does so to honor the true God of Israel.

One of Gideon’s sons, Abimelek, does not have the same strength of character as his father, and actively seeks to be a king.  In the process, Abimelek kills his many brothers.  Abimelek is but a sorry example of a son who refuses to follow in the steps of a righteous father.”

Read: Judges 8:4-35 and chapter 9

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Gideon and His Son

“The people of Ephraim, and the people of Manasseh are the object of attack by Midianites, who are the first people known to use camels in battle.  With the mobility provided by the camels, the Midianites are able to force many of the Israelites to live in caves, away from their crops (which are being destroyed).  God raises up Gideon, an unlikely leader who only reluctantly takes command of the outnumbered forces.  Gideon’s initial battle with the Midianites is an exciting example of the power of God which is available whenever one is overwhelmed by an enemy.”

Read: Judges 6, 7 and 8:1-3

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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