Gideon’s Home Was Different
Raising World Changers!
A “Family By The Book” blog
There is an interesting, almost hidden message in Judges chapter 6 as God called Gideon to lead the fight against the Midianites. There is a bit of true humility in this young man as his life is interrupted by the Angel of the Lord as he secretly beat wheat grain in an abandoned winepress. He is hiding his activity because the Midianites come and take anything they can from God’s people … leaving them living on the edge of starvation and deprivation.
The Lord (Angel of the Lord) says “The Lord is with you, O brave man.” To which Gideon says, “If God is with us, why are we enslaved by the Midianites? And where are the wonderful deeds our fathers keep telling us about God dealing with our ancestors?” (Note this reference to what he’s been hearing in his home.) “And why do you call me brave,” he continues. “You don’t know me, do you? Our family is the least in our tribe of Manasseh and I’m the youngest and smallest in our family.”
But God prevails and assures him that God will use him to defeat the enemy. “Build an altar, take your father’s bull to sacrifice and cut down the Asherah pole your village uses to worship Baal and use it to burn the sacrificial bull.”
God’s call to challenge the idolatry of the day is taken by Gideon and by morning he has obeyed God’s command.
Now it gets interesting. As daylight breaks and the men of the village smell the smoke, see the altar and realized that the wood burning the bull is their favorite religious totem they call for the execution of Gideon. And who steps to the plate on his behalf? Joash, his father comes to his defense. Listen to the challenge he gives for his son’s actions.
“Will you plead for Baal?” he asks. “Wish to save him? Whoever pleads for Baal shall be put to death while it is still morning. If Baal is a god, let him defend himself, because someone has torn down his altar.”
I am encouraged that even in the midst of a ‘sell-out’ of the majority of God’s people there are still homes where God’s presence is honored – where his works are still discussed and faith’s small ember is continually kept burning. In such a home God always can find a recruit to challenge the unrighteousness in the culture.
May yours be just such a home. Keep faith alive in the lives of your family. Tell the stories, not only from Scripture, but from your family’s walk with God. For when you train up your children in this way, they will not only be kept by God, but be available for God to use in untold ways.