Bible Study Lesson — Judges 6:25-40
In the last lesson about Gideon we learned how he questioned God – and now he’s moved forward into testing.
Does this sound familiar?
Have you and I ever questioned God or asked for a sign that He was on our side?
Let’s study this lesson from Judges and get some answers.
Gideon and the Fleece Sign
Then Gideon said to God, “If You will deliver Israel through me, as You have spoken, behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor.
If there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I will know that You will deliver Israel through me, as You have spoken.”
And it was so. When he arose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece, he drained the dew from the fleece, a bowl full of water.
Then Gideon said to God, “Do not let Your anger burn against me that I may speak once more; please let me make a test once more with the fleece, let it now be dry only on the fleece, and let there be dew on all the ground.”
God did so that night; for it was dry only on the fleece, and dew was on all the ground. – Judges 6:36-40 NASB
The Plight of Israel
Remember that the Midian and Amalek armies were in the country, controlling the rich lands and trade routes.
Gideon has assembled his army and is ready to attack – or is he?
First, a Sign
Was God really with him? How was he to know for sure?
Yes, a clear-cut sign from God would do the trick. So, he gave God the fleece “test” since he couldn’t take God at His word.
Maybe I’m Exaggerating?
Okay, maybe Gideon just needed a little encouragement and was uncertain about his own abilities.
What would you do? These were powerful armies and you are about to engage in a bloody confrontation.
Wouldn’t you want a bit of assurance in this situation?
Yes, so would I!
Right Heart – Wrong Method
To give some credit to this young man, Gideon could possibly die during this conflict – and it was certain that at least a part of his men would not survive.
This was a huge responsibility for Gideon, wasn’t it?
Discounting God’s Power
Where his method failed was a matter of faith. He had already seen what God could do but still did not quite believe it could be repeated.
Faith is always on shaky ground when fear enters the picture.
It can make us want more; even when we already have all the facts as Gideon did.
The best part of being Christians living in modern times is that we have God’s Word to rely on – it’s called the Bible.
Yes, signs from the sky would be wonderful and I’m sure we will continue to ask for them in the low times but, if we take time to study His Word to guide us though life and have more faith, we won’t need signs.
The answer is always there.
Love in Christ
If you would like to discover how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 here.
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