Summary: God confirms His will for Gideon. This is part 3 in a series of 5 sermons on Gideon.
The Confirmation of God’s Will
Intro: How do you know when God is calling you?
-There are too many mama called and papa called
-How did Gideon know that God was calling him?
- Review Gideon’s call. Vs 11-16
1. The command. Vs 25-28
A. He heard God’s voice telling him what he was to do.
B. He had to get rid of the false gods. Vs 25
-Altar of Baal
-The grove, (the ashereh) (ashtereth pole)
C. Build and altar to the Lord
D.Offer a sacrifice.
E. Gideon got help. Vs 27
-They went at night
-Fear of his own father.
F. He obeyed the Lords command.
-It was clear to everyone
-He obeyed completely
2. The criticism. Vs 29
A. Who did this?
B. It didn’t take long to find out.
C. Criticism came from his friends.
-They had even helped him.
-They’re telling his father to kill him.
-No personal accountability here – it was all Gideon’s fault.
D. Father’s (Joash) response.
-Let Baal fend for himself.
-He called his son Jerubbaal – contender of baal.
3. The call to action. Vs 33
A. The enemy prepares. Vs 33
B. Gideon prepares. Vs 34
-The spirit of the Lord comes upon him.
-The Spirit of the Lord “clothed” him.
-We should never go to battle without the filling
of the Holy Spirit.
C. He blew the trumpet.
-It was a call to battle.
-He was sending out the signal for everyone to
gather – there’s going to be a fight.
-The people began to gather. Vs 35
4. The confirmation. Vs 36
A. The first test. Vs 37-38
B. The second test. Vs 39-40
The battle is set to begin… Judges 7:1
We are in a spiritual battle….We must advance in the power of God.
-Get rid of the false Gods.
-Moses said “Who is on the Lord’s side”? make up
-Your friends and even your family may come out
-Sound the battle cry….make it a certain sound.
1 Corinthians 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
-Confirm in your heart and mind that you are doing the
right thing. (not just convenient)