Judges 6; Talking With The Angel of God

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Is Gideon's Response to the Angel of God one of faith or sin?

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Heart Check: We want to think it is our own inherent goodness that draws God to show us favor. We think: Gideon must have had something good going on because God chose him. Rom 3:23 NIV - for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, God selection is picking which zombie He will use. Eph 2:5 NIV - made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved. Col 2:13 NIV - When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,

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TRUTH: Gideon was an evil sinner/ had nothing good going on and God chose him, NOW HE HAS SOMETHING GOOD GOING ON. AND he continues to sin during and after God uses him.

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1. The Judgment of God Jdg 6:1 NIV - Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites . The Condition of the suffering Jdg 6:2 NIV - Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds. Jdg 6:3 NIV - Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites , Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country. Jdg 6:4 NIV - They camped on the land and ruined the crops all the way to Gaza and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys.

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Jdg 6:5 NIV - They came up with their livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts. It was impossible to count the men and their camels; they invaded the land to ravage it. Jdg 6:6 NIV - Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the LORD for help. Economic break down; Israel was an agricultural state. If you really want to break a man, break his wallet.

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2. A prophet sent to rebuke the rebellious people (6:7-10) Jdg 6:7 NIV - When the Israelites cried to the LORD because of Midian , Jdg 6:8 NIV - he sent them a prophet, who said, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Jdg 6:9 NIV - I snatched you from the power of Egypt and from the hand of all your oppressors. I drove them from before you and gave you their land. Jdg 6:10 NIV - I said to you, 'I am the LORD your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.' But you have not listened to me."

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Jdg 6:11 NIV - The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite , where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites . Jdg 6:12 NIV - When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, "The LORD is with you, mighty warrior." Jdg 6:13 NIV - "But sir," Gideon replied, "if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, 'Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?' But now the LORD has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian ."

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Pause: What is wrong with Gideon’s Question? 1. He is insinuating God is at fault. Do we do ever do that? 2. Who rejected who? Did the angel come to Gideon because he was praying & fasting night and day? 3. “That our fathers told us about. A. He knew what God had done. B. What is his father currently worshiping.

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Jdg 6:14 NIV - The LORD turned to him and said, "Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian's hand. Am I not sending you?" Jdg 6:15 NIV - "But LORD," Gideon asked, "how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family." Gideon’s continued sinful response. 1. BUT, Who am I? But Who are you? 1Pe 2:9 NIV - But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

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Jdg 6:22 NIV - When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the LORD, he exclaimed, "Ah, Sovereign LORD! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face !“ Jdg 6:23 NIV - But the LORD said to him, "Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die."

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4. The altar of Baal and its grove destroyed by Gideon (6:25-32) Jdg 6:25 NIV - That same night the LORD said to him, "Take the second bull from your father's herd, the one seven years old. Tear down your father's altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it.

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The Fleece & Looking for Special Revelation What about you? Are you looking for a sign, yet ignoring the Bible, avoiding Church believe the anti-science of evolution? Creation shouts the Glory of God!

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Look what Peter writes . 2Pe 1:16 NIV - We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 2Pe 1:17 NIV - For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." 2Pe 1:18 NIV - We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

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Know Your Bible Old & New Testament. 2Pe 1:19 NIV - And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

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Yes, but wasn’t the Bible written by men? 2Pe 1:20 NIV - Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. 2Pe 1:21 NIV - For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

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Your Plan this week is clear ! 2Pe 1:2 NIV - Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2Pe 1:3 NIV - His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2Pe 1:4 NIV - Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

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2Pe 1:5 NIV - For this very reason , make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 2Pe 1:6 NIV - and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 2Pe 1:7 NIV - and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 2Pe 1:8 NIV - For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Avoid being ineffective & unproductive.

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2Pe 1:9 NIV - But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. 2Pe 1:10 NIV - Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 2Pe 1:11 NIV - and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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