Let the weak say, “I am strong!” – Judges 6

“‘But Lord,’ Gideon replied, ‘how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Mannasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!’ The Lord said to him, ‘I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.’” (Judges 6:15-16)

In this chapter, Israel turned away from the Lord again, so He handed them over to the Midianites who ruled over them for seven years. The Midianites were so cruel to them that they were reduced to starvation. That’s why you see Gideon threshing wheat at the bottom of the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites, because at other times they had ruined their crops. So the Angel of the Lord reveals Himself to Gideon, even though he was the weakest in his family, and calls him to deliver Israel from the Midianites. He asks for signs to prove that it was the Lord speaking to him, which the Lord does for him. Probably as a test to see whether Gideon would obey Him, the Lord tells him to destroy his father’s altar to Baal and the Asherah pole next to it. So he did it, but at night for fear of his family. His family tried to have him killed, but his father stuck up for him, saying that if Baal was really a god, he could defend himself. So Gideon was named Jeru-Baal, meaning, “let Baal defend himself.” Also, in this chapter is revealed one of God’s names. When Gideon realized it was the Angel of the Lord and was not killed- he named Him “Yahweh-Shalom,” the “Lord is our peace.”

Gideon was of the tribe of Mannasseh, who was Joseph’s son. You may remember that Joseph was the one picked on by his brothers and sold into slavery to Egypt. So Gideon was not only from a weak tribe, but his clan was the weakest and he was the weakest in his entire family! Just as God chose Joseph, the weakest in his own family, He also chose to call Joseph’s descendant who was the weakest again! God loves choosing the weak things of this world and making them strong! In 1 Cor 1:26-29, Paul says that God chose the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and He chose the weak things of the world to confound the strong, that no one may boast before the Lord. He chooses us, not because we are wise and strong, but because He is wise and strong and will receive all the glory from us in this world. Hallelujah! So let the weak say, “I am strong!”

“Lord, thank You that You choose, not as the world does, but You choose because you see each person’s heart. Even though we may be weak and foolish by the world’s standard, You make us strong in Yourself, by Your Spirit! Thank You that in You, I am strong and can do all things- but in and of myself, I can do nothing- in Jesus’ name, amen.”

*Isaiah 40:29-31; Joel 3:10; 1 Cor 1:18-31

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