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Summary: God called Gideon to do a specific task and confirms His call on Gideon’s life. Part 2 of 5 in a series on Gideon.

Gideon II

Judges 6:16-24

Review vs 11-16 – Gideon’s call

1. A Powerful sign. Vs 16-21

A. God had told Gideon that he would be victorious over his enemy. Vs 14-16

--Thou shalt save Israel

--I will be with thee

--You shall smite them as one man.

B. Show me a sign that it’s really you. Vs 17

C.Gideon said “hang on till I get something ready”.

D.Gideon prepares dinner/gift for the angel of the Lord. Vs 18-19

D.This was a meal commonly set before guests.

--It is not a sacrifice of the priestly order.

--Basically a meal of stew and crackers. (note unleavened)

--The angel tells him to put it on a rock. Vs 20

E. The meal is consumed by fire. Vs 21

-The angel disappears.

F. sign confirmed that Gideon was talking to the

Lord.

2. The promised security. Vs 22-23

A. The statement here is one of alarm.

--It is the Lord! (Jehovah)

--I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face.

--There is an implied fear of pending death since he

had seen the Lord’s messenger.

B. God’s promise. Vs 23

--Peace be unto thee (calm down Gideon)

---God’s presence brings us peace.

---God’s name brings us peace.

D. God speaks peace to our hearts.

--Psalms 85:8 I will hear what God the LORD

will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people…

--Fear not…

E. A reassurance to trust the Lord and not fear.

God says…”I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me”. (Hebrews 13:5b-16)

Psalms 27:1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

F. Trust the Lord – let go of the bush.

3. A peaceful sacrifice. Vs 24

A. Gideon built an altar there.

--An altar unto the Lord. (there were altars to false gods everywhere)

--An altar of peace – Jehovah-shalom

B. Much different then the other gods.

---theirs were altars of appeasement.

---altars of violence (remember the altar of Baal and

Elijah)

---altars of death

C.God offers an altar of peace.

-Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Conclusion:

-We have a promised sign that has been fulfilled.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you

a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

-We have a secured promise. (My sheep hear my voice…John 10:27)

-We have an altar of peace in Jesus Christ. (Rom. 5:1)

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