Summary: This passage allows us a glimpse both sides of human character.
1Pastor Allan Kircher
September 14th, 2013
PRIDE, POLITICS, AND PERSISTENCE
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Intro: some time/looking at the lives/Judges of Israel.
• Background of/Ehud/Shamgar/Deborah/Barak
• Gideon/fearful young man when/Lord selected him
• reluctant to obey/Lord’s call on his life at first
• Eventually he did as the Lord commanded.
Gideon led a tiny force of just 300 men against/135,000.
• God intervened gave Gideon/men an astounding victory.
• Midianites put to flight and suffered terrible losses.
• Only 15,000 men were left from 135,000 men
Chapter records/events/occurred immediately after the conflict.
• not everyone Israel excited great victory God given Gideon
• Some in Israel more concerned their personal profit
• More concerned/pride than what God had done.
• They failed to grasp the big picture.
• They were too focused on their own interests.
This passage allows us a glimpse both sides of human character.
One hand we see those who cared/nothing/personal pride/glory.
• Cared nothing but themselves.
Other hand we see those who/motivated/glory of God.
• we see some who persisted/face of opposition,
• Persisted through criticism and overwhelming odds.
• I want/examine this text/preach
• Pride, Politics, and Persistence.
• I want/point out/types/people/present themselves/this text.
• Let us also consider ourselves. Which side issue/you on?
I. v. 1-3 SOME WERE PRIDEFUL
A. v. 1 The Criticism of Ephraim
• After/Midianites were defeated/were on the run
• Gideon sent messengers/men/Ephraim/pursue Midianites.
Ephraimites did this/they killed two/princes/Midianites and brought their heads to Gideon, Judges 7:24-25.
• When they met up/Gideon/began/criticize him.
• Want to know why they weren’t asked to join the battle.
• Bible says they “criticized him sharply”
• Attacked Gideon because he/not called them/battle.
Helpful/take/minute/talk about/tribe of Ephraim.
• Tabernacle/located/Shiloh/in Ephraim.
• Descended/Joseph/Egyptian wife. Asenath.
• Tribe that was proud/heritage/influence/power.
• They wanted/respect/rest/tribes.
Ephraim/often/wrong side/spiritual matters.
Later, during/reign/judge Jephthah, would again complain that they had been left out of a battle, Judges 12:1-4.
• Hosea 7:8, God says Ephraim “cake not turned over”.
• Overcooked/bottom/raw on the top.
• Hot toward/world---cold toward God.
Ephraim/tribe marked by trouble, pride/selfishness.
• Another powerful rebuke/pride/Ephraim/found/Psalm 78:9
“The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle.”
• Well, here they/jealous/Gideon’s victory.