Summary: Gideon has an encounter with The Angel of The LORD! Who is this? Is He just another nameless angel? Or is He God in human form prior to the Incarnation?
Last week in verses Judges 6:1-10
Israel had been committing spiritual adultery
That’s not a term I made up
Many of the prophets used the term adultery because it was graphic
We are to be the bride of Christ
God disciplined them in an attempt to bring them back to Himself
He gave them measured discipline
They cried out to God for relief from the oppression of the Midianites
(7) When the Israelites cried out to Him because of Midian, (8) the Lord sent a prophet to them. He said to them, “This is what the Lord God of Israel says: ‘I brought you out of Egypt and out of the place of slavery.
(9) I delivered you from the power of Egypt and the power of all who oppressed you. I drove them out before you and gave you their land.
(10) I said to you: I am Yahweh your God. Do not fear the gods of the Amorites whose land you live in. But you did not obey Me.’”
He don’t know who this prophet is
He recounted the glorious things God had done for Israel
He recounted the commandments of God
Here’s an easy word to overlook in verse 10 - “fear”
“Fear the Lord” as an exact translation shows up 49 times in the Bible
Psalm 111:10 - The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
Proverbs 1:7 - The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge
Proverbs 9:10 - The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
Proverbs 15:33 - The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom
If the fear of the Lord is wisdom and knowledge what is it called when you fear something or someone other than God? Foolishness and ignorance! Actually, it is sin and all sin is lawlessness and rebellion!
Then the prophet makes the pronouncement, “But you did not obey Me!!!”
One curious thing is that he never called Israel to repent and to turn back to the Lord.
Was the Lord just saving His breath?
Now, here’s a curious question … how long was it between when the Lord sent the prophet and when the Angel of the Lord came to have a chat with Gideon?
Pastor Karenlee and I like to watch some of the police shows on TV. Some of them are just soap operas filled with all sorts of filthiness but a few, a very few attempt to be somewhat realistic.
One thing that they try to do in order to solve a crime is to piece together a timeline of the crime and those involved.
Who was there at the time of the crime?
Who had witnessed the crime?
You can even see this in old shows like Matlock and so when we jumped from the prophet in Israel to the angel of the Lord visiting Gideon it made me wonder how long was the period between the two verses? A day. A week? A month? Several months?
There is probably no relevance or the Lord would have said how long it was, that’s just the way my mind works …
So, let’s move on to the next section …
(11) 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.