Date: April 2, 2020 ()

Bible Text: Judges 8 |

Judges 8

Introduction: On September 29, 1938, Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy met together and signed the Munich Pact which granted Adolf Hitler the northern part of Czechoslovakia. It was a complete betrayal by some of the leaders of these countries who had made promises to protect and help Czechoslovakia. Neville Chamberlain flew home after this momentous signing and proclaimed to his people that they now had a historic peace in our time, peace with honor. There however was one man not fooled, Winston Churchill who arose in the House of Commons and spoke these prophetic words:

“Britain and France had to choose between war and dishonor. They chose dishonor. They will have war… the people should know that we have sustained a defeat without war… they should know that we have passed an awful milestone in our history … and that terrible words have for the time being been pronounced against the Western democracies.” And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning.” This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup. Churchill recognized two things.

  • Gideon’s Greatest Victory - Judges 8:22-23
    • Temptations Ploy
      • Appeals to our pride – the men of Israel came.
        Oh, A King – A Savior. This is so man’s reaction. We must have a physical presence before us. This was a pattern for the Israelite nation. Remember, when Moses went up into the mountain to pray just for a little while. The folks grabbed Aaron and told him that they needed a physical representation of God before them – they ended up building a golden Calf.
      • Appeals to our pleasure – thou shalt rule over us
        What are we indicating here? Sometimes, we can be led into something that seems to be okay by the monetary gain. We have been praying about some decisions as a church in some of our finances in just this light! We must make sure that the end is not justifying the means. God’s ways are always perfect and just.
      • Appeals to our sense of importance – for thou hast delivered us
        What do I mean by this one? Sometimes, the sense of urgency can make us take a wrong road in life. Have you ever been there? I have. Even through this time, I have had that pressure on me – Right now, I have to have the decision. No, I need time to think and pray. I have learned that hastiness in decision making does not lead to good things. Yes, we should learn to be decisive and be able to make the hard call if necessary, but we must learn also to wait on the Lord!
    • Temptations Refusal
      This refusal by Gideon for some as Gideon’s crowning moment. A.F. Muir said that in this refusal “his humility and magnanimous loyalty to God as the only sovereign for Israel outshine all his exploits.” Another author said that this refusal was “Gideon at his best.” Another author said, “his rejection was the pinnacle of his moral and spiritual glory.”

      • Be Firm in your refusal – I will not!
      • Be Fearful of your flesh – The flesh would have loved to be the King! Be careful of giving in to the flesh. Not too many good things come when you give in to the flesh. You may say – there is never anything good. Well, I do like red-velvet cupcakes and devils food cake, etc.. So, yes there are times to indulge in a good meal, etc… but we must be careful of this laxness in giving into our comforts all the time.
      • Be Faithful to your God – The Lord SHALL Rule OVER you!!
        Temptation will lose its power with us when we insist in our conduct being God-honoring.
        There’s a story about C.H. Spurgeon and P.T. Barnham. P.T. Barnham had invited Spurgeon to come to America and speak in a large tent in Barnum’s traveling circus. He made to Spurgeon a very attractive offer - $1000/ lecture. Now, I am sure that Barnum was going to also get a pretty good payday. In Spurgeon’s letter of response to Barnum, he wrote, “You will find my answer in Acts 13:10 – “O full of all subtility and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?”
        Wow! What strong language – some may have wanted to scold Spurgeon for his language, but Spurgeon’s reputation to this day is untarnished and PT Barnum was a clown – a circus guy!
  • Gideon’s Great Defeat - Judges 8:24-35
    And the weight of the golden earrings he requested was one thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold… 50-66 lbs. of gold – This today would be about $1.2 million dollars. WOW!
    This computation of the weight of the golden ear-rings, taken from the slaughtered Ishmaelites, will bring to the reader's mind the slaughter of the Roman knights by the Carthaginians at the battle of Cannae, from whose spoils Hannibal sent three bushels of gold rings to the city of Carthage!

    • Don’t Let Gold-dust get into your Eyes
    • Don’t let Good Intentions lead you against God’s Word
    • Be Faithful to Share Christ with Your Children
      • We see that he had a son Abimilech – My Father was King!
      • Judges 9 – not a good son / not a worshiper of the Lord

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