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Bible Passage Judges 6:11-32
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book Judges.

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  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached April 20, 2023

11 After this, the angel of the LORD arrived and sat down in the shade of the oak tree in Ophrah that belonged to Joash, a descendant of Abiezer, while his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a wine press in order to safeguard it from the Midianites.

12 The angel of the LORD appeared to him and told him, “The LORD is with you, you valiant warrior!”

13 But Gideon replied, “Right… Sir, if the LORD is with us, then why has all of this happened to us? And where are all of his miraculous works that our ancestors recounted to us when they said, ‘The LORD brought us up from Egypt, didn’t he?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us over to Midian!”

14 The LORD looked straight at him and replied, “Go with this determination of yours and deliver Israel from Midian’s domination. I’ve directed you, haven’t I?”

15 “Right…,” Gideon responded. “Sir, how will I deliver Israel? Look—my family is the weakest in Manasseh, and I’m the youngest in my father’s household.”

16 The LORD told him, “Because I’ll be with you, and you’ll defeat Midian—every single one of them!”

17 So Gideon asked him, “Please, if I have received favor from you, then do a miracle for me that shows that you’re making this promise to me.

18 And please don’t leave here until I’ve come back to you, brought my offering, and set it down in front of you.” The LORD replied, “I’ll stay until you return.”

19 Then Gideon went and prepared a young goat and unleavened bread from an ephah of flour. He put the meat in a basket and poured the broth into a pot, and brought them to the angel right under the oak tree. Then he made his offering.

20 The angel, who was God, replied, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread and lay them on this boulder. Then pour out the broth.” So he did that.

21 The angel of the LORD extended the tip of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and unleavened bread. Fire broke out from inside the boulder, consuming the meat and unleavened bread. Then the angel of the LORD vanished in front of him.

22 When Gideon realized that he had seen the angel of the LORD himself, he cried out, “Oh no! Lord GOD! I’ve been looking right at the angel of the LORD—and face-to-face at that!”

23 “Calm down! Don’t be afraid.” the LORD replied. “You’re not going to die!”

24 So Gideon built an altar right there to the LORD and called it “The LORD is peace.” (To this very day it still stands in Ophrah, which belongs to the descendants of Abiezer.)

25 Later that very night, the LORD told Gideon, “Take the bull that belongs to your father, along with a second bull that’s seven years old. Then tear down the altar to Baal that your father owns, cut down the Asherah that’s beside it,

26 and build an altar to the LORD your God on top of this stronghold in an orderly manner. Then take the second bull and offer it as a burnt offering using the wood from the Asherah that you’ll be cutting down.”

27 So Gideon went with ten men who were his servants and did just what the LORD had told him to do, though he did it at night because he was too afraid of his father’s family and the leading men of the city to do it during the day.

28 When the leading men of the city got up early the next morning, the altar to Baal had been torn down, along with the Asherah that had stood beside it, and the second bull had been offered on the altar that had been erected.

29 They asked each other, “Who did this thing?” When they looked into it and asked around, they concluded, “Joash’s son Gideon did it.”

30 So the leading men of the city ordered Joash, “Bring us that son of yours. He’s going to die, because he tore down the altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah that stood beside it!”

31 But Joash responded to everyone who was opposing him, “Do you really intend to fight on Baal’s behalf? Do you really intend to rescue him by ordering that whoever fights him will be executed by morning? If Baal is a god, let him fight for himself. After all, it was his altar that was torn down.”

32 So that very day he named Gideon Jerubbaal, that is, “Let Baal fight,” since he had torn down his altar.


The Israelites soon forgot about the success of Deborah and their return to sinful and idolatrous ways met its punishment in the raids of the Midianites. As usual, the Amalekites were pleased to join in the attack. Year by year, for seven years they raided the fields and herds of the helpless Israelites. Their attacks reached as far north as Naphtali and as far west as Gaza. So fierce were their attacks that the Israelites could no longer live safely in the open fields or in the towns. They were driven to a life of poverty and hardship in their mountain hiding places.

When the Israelites cried to God for help, God reminded them that they had been disobedient and unfaithful. Nevertheless, in His grace, He would send them a deliverer. The man He chose was Gideon (verses 11-14).

Notice the parallel between Gideon and Moses. Compare Judges 6:6, 11, 14, 15, 22 with Exodus 2:23 and Exodus 3:10-12 and Exodus chapter 6. Several things are the same about how God called each person and that person’s response. Every prophet recounts their weakness in their call.

In spite of an assurance of victory, Gideon was initially unsure of God’s call (verses 15-18). Only after fire miraculously burnt up his offering was Gideon certain that God had indeed spoken to him (verses 19-24).

Gideon began his reformation of Israel in his hometown. He smashed the altar of Baal, along with its sacred wooden pillar, and built a new altar on which he offered holy sacrifices to Israel’s God, Yahweh, the only true God (verses 25-27). His father, who was apparently the caretaker of the altar of Baal, was the first to see the error of his ways and turn from Baal (verses 28-32).


🔷 God’s people must never feel they deserve God’s call, lest, they may never be able to do anything

🔷 Our faith and call must be seen at work in our homes, first, before any other place

💥 Pray to take away every other god in your life
💥 Ask the grace to help you work for God

We must worship the true God not with our lips but from our hearts and be faithful to Him to become heirs to His throne. No one can or should serve any other God to incur the wrath of the Almighty.

In series Bright Morning Reflections