Gideon’s Call From Weakness III

Judges 6:19 reads “Gideon went in, prepared a young goat, and from an ephah of flour he made bread without yeast. Putting the meat in a basket and its broth in a pot, he brought them out and offered them to him under the oak.” Using his distorted memory of proper sacrifice, Gideon had prepared a sacrifice suitable for many times the number of angels that he faced. It would be up the Lord to help him through it which he does by pointing to a rock that would become an altar. God was willing to find the positive in Gideon’s heart and accept the worship offering.

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The acceptance of the offering and the offering itself were both first steps toward a renewal of the covenant. The second step was Gideon’s realization before whom he had just made this covenant offering. Such was the reason behind Gideon’s naming the altar Yahweh-Shalom “The Lord is Peace”, the reconciled condition of Shalom that would ensue from the restoration.

So Gideon is called as a Judge, to be the agent of restoration between God and His people. He is hesitant to initially take the responsibility but he does upon receiving the sign from God. Is this a pattern he will repeat? Is it a pattern that we continue to repeat?

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