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Summary: Gideon's Test

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Judges 6:11-24 & Ch.7 Gideon's Test 1. THE PLACE. 11 And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. I. A PLACE OF CONSTERNATION!

A. Where Gideon Was Found

B. What Gideon Was Feeling

II. A PLACE OF REVELATION! 12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour

A. The Angel Of The Lord Standing

B. The Angel Of The Lord Speaking

III. A PLACE OF TRANSFORMATION! 13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.

A. What God Can Do For Us 13 why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of B. What God Can Do In Us 14 And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?

C. What God Can Do Through Us 14 And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? 2. THE PERPLEXITY. 13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? 'The Midianite is in the land, Bleak devastation reigns.

Charred fields and looted granaries, Give witness to their gains. A lonely figure threshes there, 'Neath Ophrah's grizzled tree,

Then stunned, he looks, To find himself in regal company. The Angel of the Lord, no less, Now graces Gideon’s view.

'I've come to vanquish all your foes, My weapon will be you!' My Lord, what instruments have I, To drive the tyrant hence?

Just two, but all sufficient they - FAITH and OBEDIENCE'. They were (a) Many (b) Mighty (c) Malicious 3. THE PROTEST. 15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.

“GIDEON’S GOD” Judges 6.11-7.18 Gideon was: 1. A MAN WITH LITTLE COURAGE (6.11-14) 2. A MAN WITH LITTLE STATUS (6.15-16) 3. A MAN WITH LITTLE FAITH (6.36-40) 4. A MAN WITH A LITTLE ARMY (7.1-8) 5. A MAN WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD 6:16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man. Zechariah 4.6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. 1 Cor 1:29, That no flesh should glory in his presence. 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 4. THE PROMISE. 16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man. (a) The PROMISE of the God’s PRESENCE v.16 Surely I will be with thee


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