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Bible Passage Judges 8:22-3
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book Judges.

Gideon’s strengths and weaknesses

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached April 22, 2023

22 Then the men of Israel asked Gideon, “Rule over us—you, your son, and your grandsons—because you have delivered us from Midian’s domination.”

23 But Gideon told them, “I won’t rule over you and my son won’t rule over you. The LORD will rule you.”

24 But Gideon also added, “I would like to ask that each of you give me a ring from his war booty” because, as Ishmaelites, the Midianites had been wearing gold rings.

25 They responded, “We’ll be happy to give them.” So they laid out a garment, and each of them contributed a ring from his war booty.

26 The weight of the rings that he had asked for was 1,700 gold coins, not counting the crescent-shaped necklaces, pendants, and purple garments worn by the Midian kings, and also not counting the bands adorning the necks of their camels.

27 Gideon crafted the booty into an ephod and enshrined it in his home town of Ophrah. Then all of Israel committed spiritual adultery with it there, and it became a snare for Gideon and his household.

28 Midian remained subjugated to the Israelis, and they didn’t so much as raise their heads anymore, so the land was peaceful for 40 years during the lifetime of Gideon.

29 Afterwards, Joash’s son Jerubbaal went home and retired.

30 Gideon raised 70 sons as his direct descendants, since he had many wives.

31 His mistress in Shechem bore him a son whom he named Abimelech.

32 Later, Joash’s son Gideon died at a ripe old age and was buried in the tomb of his father Joash at Ophrah, which belonged to the descendants of Abiezer.

33 Later on, as soon as Gideon was dead, the Israelis again committed spiritual adultery with various Canaanite deities and appointed Baal-berith to be their god.

34 The Israelis did not remember the LORD their God, who continually delivered them from the domination of their enemies who surrounded them on every side.

35 And they showed no gracious love to the household of Jerubbaal—also known as Gideon—despite all the good that he had done for Israel.


Gideon had led the Israelites to overcome the Midianites and their kings. There was a widespread feeling among the Israelites that they should be like the nations round about and have a king whose rule would pass on to his descendants after him. Gideon refused their invitation, pointing out that Yahweh was their king (verse 22-23).

Although Gideon continued to exercise some leadership in Israel, he was not the great leader in peace that he had been in war. As Aaron had once done, he made a material symbol of the unseen God, and this soon led the people into idolatry (verse 24-28).

In spite of his refusal to be Israel’s king, Gideon showed a tendency towards the sort of lifestyle that was typical of kings in neighbouring nations. Like them he built a large household of wives, concubines and children (verse 29-32).

When he died, the people easily slipped back into Baal worship. In their security and prosperity they forgot the God who had saved them (verse 33-35).

🔷 Those who are made successful must watch out never to become complacent and fall off the way of God

💥 Pray that you will do God’s will always
💥 Ask God to help turn your weaknesses into strength

We come before God with our strengths and weaknesses. But we must guard against those that will dishonour God or make us popular instead of God. We must learn to keep improving day after day so we can leave lasting Christlike footprints for others to step in.

In series Bright Morning Reflections