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Key Scriptures for Bible Discovery Judges 6: 11-7:25
And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor.” (Judges 6:12).
There are so many hilarious stories in the bible. Moreover, Jesus has a wonderful sense of humor. One day He said to the Pharisees, “You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel” (Matthew 23:24). If you don’t think that is funny, next time you see a camel, look at it. There are so many projections on a camel. They have great big hooves, knobby knees, fantastically large humps, and the largest Adams apple in the world. Everywhere you look, there is something sticking out at odd angles. Imagine the religious leaders trying to choke down a camel….(J. Vernon McGee).
One day, Jesus came to visit Gideon (Judges 6:14; 16). But before He spoke to him, Jesus sat down under an oak tree, just to watch and see Gideon’s funny antics. Perhaps, Jesus was even chuckling, because Gideon was trying to beat a small bundle of wheat with a stick in a winepress. A winepress used for grapes, for pity sake. The servants and the cows, who usually threshed the wheat, were not helping, nor was Gideon on a hill. Threshed wheat is usually thrown into the wind with a winnowing fan to separate the grains from the chaff. No, it was just Gideon, grains of wheat in his hair, chaff covering his body, working in a hole and most likely, not very adept at it. Jesus then says one of the funniest things the Lord could have said to Gideon, “Oh, mighty man of valor”. I think when Gideon heard the greeting and saw Jesus, he quickly turned to look behind him to see if there wasn’t somebody else in that winepress with him, because the salutation did not fit at all. Gideon then could have said, “Who, me? Do you mean to call me a mighty man of valor when I am down here in this winepress pitching grain up in the air when I should be up on the top of that hill over there? If I were a mighty man of valor that’s where I would be, not down here in this hole. Yet, God calls Gideon.
And so, Gideon begins his adventure. He is still afraid and hesitant, but God develops His courage and faith while strengthening Gideon’s weak hands and feeble knees (Isaiah 35:3), so that without any weapons of war, capital or an army, which Gideon said he had to have to save Israel, gives victory against the Midianites.
Thank you, Jesus for showing us through humor that we too are often silly and yet, you do not judge, but strengthened us by Your grace. We need more and more of You. Help us to have more courage, boldness, and faith in You. Thank you Lord for blessing and keeping us. Thank you Lord for making Your face to shine upon us, and for being gracious. Thank you Lord for lifting the light of Your countenance upon us, and giving us peace (Numbers 6: 24-26). For there is no peace apart from You. For You are “the Father of lights, from whom cometh down every good and perfect gift” (James 1:17). Thank you for Lord Jesus who Mediates and is the channel for of all spiritual blessings. Amen
- Thanking God for being the God of our life, our El Chaiyai. Thanking God for giving His people the strength, El Sali, to stand.
- Teach us to be passionate for the cause of Christ, for His Name, His Kingdom, His Will and how to worship i.e. serve as a living sacrifice every day.
- For children to be drawn to serve and worship El Echad, the One and Only, now and forever.
- For the prayer warriors who commit to worship in prayer for the kingdom. Pray blessings and endurance for those called to pray and who chase the darkness, fight deadly spiritual battles, and sing the word while on their knees. Pray strength and resolve for these faithful watchmen on the wall. Pray holy anointing for those who take the night shifts and the lonely hours before dawn. Pray God would continue to bless His church; making us strong followers, standing firm and tall for His kingdom.