Judges 6:6

serveimage-5Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the Lord for help.


6 thoughts on “Judges 6:6”

  1. The first thing that comes to mind is this verse:
    Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
    For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
    That collection of books you have in your lap that we call The Bible is a physical manifestation from the living and active God… and so is this event happening to Israel/Gideon. They’re asking God why are they suffering under the evil Midianites, but they need to be asking themselves that question. I have a hard time believing that they don’t know what God wants, so knowing those parameters, they can search their own thoughts and attitudes… and repent. But let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and say that they are a generation or two away from being taught anything about God… their parents neglected to tell them anything about Moses or Abraham or Joseph or Adam… the populace sunk into total asherah pole worship with no information about God. However unlikely that is… they knew enough to cry out to God.
    So, to the question of why does God cause or let bad things happen to “innocent” people. For two reasons, both are to bring you closer to Himself. One, if you are doing something wrong, he is trying to get you to cry out to Him and to repent. Two, it is to bless you with increased faith by giving you more opportunities to turn to Him instead of anything else when times are tough.


  2. I like the fact that, the Lord called Gideon a warrior in verse 12.Gideon responds saying, “my family is the least…and I am the youngest” verse 15. Something to be said about being low, whether you were brought low, or you simply recognize your low position.


  3. I watched that movie Pleasantville a few days ago. It’s a movie that, I think, is meant to provoke thought from many perspectives, but basically it’s an atheist’s movie. In the fictional town the citizens are all seemingly happy within the limits that are set for them… until a couple of outsiders arrive and show them that they have free will to challenge, test, and destroy those boundaries set for them… and the chaos ensues. In the end, the “moral” that the movie wants to demonstrate is that there is no “right” way and you can make your world and your life whatever you want it to be. It doesn’t go so far as to say that you are god, but it ignores God and says to make your own life what you want.
    So the reason I bring this up for this particular verse in Judges is because this is the historical pattern in the bible… ignore God until you need supernatural help, then cry to Him to save you, then when things are safe again ignore God, and so on. That movie, purporting freedom through existentialism, ignores the reality of our purpose for which we were created, the negative consequences of sin, and the positive consequences of faith and the deeds of faith. Gideon’s generation were ignoring God and He, mercifully, gives them an opportunity to repent.


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