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Taking Risk       Judges 6:11-16; 7:9-11,13-15      July 22. 2012


Introduction

       An interesting question: “who is this Angel of the Lord”? If you study much about it you will discover some believe it is an Old Testament appearance of the Lord Jesus. I personally lean to that interpretation. The title, “angel”, is used many times in the New Testament but it is interesting to note this specific title is not used after the birth of Christ.


 

1.   Taking Risk May Cause You to . . Shift Your Focus. 6:11-16

       A.   Gideon Got Shifted from Captivity to the Lord’s . . Presence. 6:11-13

11 Now the Angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites.

       12 And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him, and said to him, "The LORD is with you,

       you mighty man of valor!"

       13 Gideon said to Him, "O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened

       to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, 'Did not the

       LORD bring us up from Egypt?' But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into

       the hands of the Midianites."

 

      B.  Gideon Got Shifted from Captivity to the Lord’s . . Power. 6:14-16

14 Then the LORD turned to him and said, "Go in this might of yours, and you shall save

       Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?"

       15 So he said to Him, "O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in

       Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house."

       16 And the LORD said to him, "Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the

       Midianites as one man."


       Gideon was threshing wheat in a secret place for fear of the Midianities. One commentator suggests the greeting calling Gideon, “you mighty man of valor", may have been a touch of humor. Gideon certainly needed a shift in his focus away from a sense of dejection from the captivity of the Midianites, to the power of the Lord. His fear was broken because he felt the Lord’s presence and heard the promise of God’s power in His willingness to lead Israel in a new direction. The Lord’s promise to use Gideon certainly caused Gideon to change His focus from woe is me, to the power of God to redeem Israel. It is very interesting how God, many times, starts His work in and through one person.

 

2.   Taking Risk May Give You . . Security in God’s Encouragement. 7:-9-11

      A.  Gideon Learned about Security from the . . Statement of the Lord. 7:9-10 

9 It happened on the same night that the LORD said to him, "Arise, go down against the

      camp, for I have delivered it into your hand.

      10 But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant,

 

      B.  Gideon Learned about Security from the . . Strengthening of the Lord. 7:11

11 and you shall hear what they say; and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp." Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outpost of the armed men who were in the camp.


      Does the Lord know when we are afraid? Of, course, and He quite regularly draws us out of that fear with a very practical remedy. The Lord simply made a statement to take his servant. Isn’t it interesting how one other human with us can make us more brave? The more we follow the Lord the easier it gets to be obedient to all we know He may be asking us to do.

The Lord promised after Gideon heard what the Lord wanted him to hear he would gain strength and be braver to take the lead in the battle the Lord wanted Him to lead. In the great commission the Lord said “remember, I am with you always”. So He is with us at all times.


 

3.   Taking Risk May . . Substantiate More of God’s Grace. 7:13-15

      A.  Gideon Substantiated More Grace Through the . . Witness of a Dream. 7:9-10

13 And when Gideon had come, there was a man telling a dream to his companion. He said, "I have had a dream: To my surprise, a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian; it came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent collapsed."

      14 Then his companion answered and said, "This is nothing else but the sword of Gideon,

      the son of Joash, a man of Israel! Into his hand God has delivered Midian and the whole

      camp."

 

      B.  Gideon Substantiated More Grace Through his . . Worship of the Lord. 7:15

15 And so it was, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, that he worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel, and said, "Arise, for the LORD has delivered the camp of Midian into your hand."


      Have you learned that obedience in one area substantiates your trust in the Lord. When we learn to trust in one area it causes us to build strength to trust in another area. Those of you who started tithing several years ago and now just very easily write a check for the tithe know exactly what I am writing about. Gideon heard a man interpreting a dream involving him and it convinced Gideon God spoke to him through another’s dream. If God told you to secretly go somewhere to hear a person interpreting a dream about how God had used you in a mighty way. Would that cause you to worship and be strengthened in you, faith? Would you be one confidently Taking Risk? Amen? Amen!