Gideon Part I
6:2 The power of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of Midian the sons of Israel made for themselves the dens which were in the mountains and the caves and the strongholds.
3 For it was when Israel had sown, that the Midianites would come up with the Amalekites and the sons of the east and go against them.
4 So they would camp against them and destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance in Israel.
5 For they would come up with their livestock and their tents, they would come in like locusts for number, both they and their camels were innumerable; and they came into the land to devastate it.
6 So Israel was brought very low because of Midian,
and the sons of Israel cried to the LORD.
7 Now it came about when the sons of Israel cried to the LORD on account of Midian,
8 -10 that the LORD sent a prophet to the sons of Israel, and he said to them, "Thus says the LORDů"I am the LORD your God; you shall not fear reverence the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live. But you have not obeyed listened to Me."'"
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man's hands.
They have mouths, but they cannot speak;
They have eyes, but they cannot see;
They have ears, but they cannot hear;
They have noses, but they cannot smell;
They have hands, but they cannot feel;
They have feet, but they cannot walk;
8 Those who make them will become like them,
Everyone who trusts in them.
11 Then the angel of the LORD came and sat under the oak that was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press in order to save it from the Midianites.
12 The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, "The LORD is with you, O valiant warrior."
John 15:2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away lifts up
1 John 3:19-20 We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.
Romans 7:20 If I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we could walk in them.
13 Then Gideon said to him, "O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, "Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?' But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian."
14 The LORD looked at him and said, "Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?"
16 But the LORD said to him, "Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat Midian as one man."
John 15:5 Apart from Me you can do nothing.
Philippians 4:13 I can do everything through Him who strengthens me.