Summary: Father’s Day
I. A young couple decided to wed. As the big day approached, they grew apprehensive. Each had a problem they had never before shared with anyone, not even each other. The groom-to-be, overcoming his fear, decided to ask his father for advice. "Father," he said, "I am deeply concerned about the success of my marriage. I love my fiancée, very much, but you see, I have very smelly feet, and I’m afraid that my future wife will be put off by them." "No problem," said dad. "All you have to do is wash your feet as often as possible, and always wear socks, even to bed." Well, to him this seemed a workable solution. The bride-to-be, overcoming her fear, decided to take her problem to her dad. "Dad," she said, "When I wake up in the morning my breath is truly awful." "Honey," her father consoled, "everyone has bad breath in the morning." "No, you don’t understand. My morning breath is so bad, I’m afraid that my new husband will not want to sleep in the same room with me." Her father said simply, "Try this. In the morning, get straight out of bed, and head for the bathroom and brush your teeth. The key is, not to say a word until you’ve brushed your teeth. Not a word," her mother affirmed. Well, she thought it was certainly worth a try. The loving couple was finally married in a beautiful ceremony. Not forgetting the advice each had received, he with his perpetual socks and she with her morning silence, they managed quite well. That is, until about six months later. Shortly before dawn, the husband woke with a start to find that one of his socks had come off. Fearful of the consequences, he frantically searched the bed. This, of course, woke his bride, who, without thinking, immediately asked, "What on earth are you doing?" "Oh, no!" he gasped in shock, "You’ve swallowed my sock!"
II. The principle: “As is the man, so is his strength,” found in Judges 8:21 is illustrated by four lives in the story particularly for the men who worship with us today.
A. Good men who choose the wrong god and whose lives end in tragedy.
1. Zebah and Zalmunna (zal MUHN uh) “Man killer”
a. Do not discount these men too quickly. As is often done in scripture, God uses them to illustrate some virtuous qualities.
• Compare “Z Z Top” with the officials of Succoth and men of Peniel and see the striking difference.
b. There are many qualities about Zebah and Zalmunna:
• They are both kings.
• They are both kings leading their people to a better life.
• They both possess qualities of character and wisdom.
vs.18, “What kind of men did you kill at Tabor?’ ‘Men like you,’ they each answered, ‘each one with the bearing of a prince.’”
c. They were men like Gideon and his three hundred soldiers, honorable, brave, smart men; EXCEPT they followed a false god.
• Midian was the son of Abraham, mother was Keturah and also the father-in-law for Moses, this is the tribe that Joseph was sold to, Jethro was a priest of Midian.
• However the people of Midian were led astray with the people of Moab by following Balaam and they oppressed Israel for seven years.