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Signs For Gideon

Gideon, also known as Jerubbaal, was one of the better-known tribal judges (see the Fact Finder question below) that ruled the Israelites in the time from the death of Joshua to the era of Samuel when the Israelite monarchy was established (see Israelite Monarchy - The Origin; also Royal Democracy). The Israelites at that time had settled into what became a familiar pattern - they became corrupt, so the LORD allowed their enemies to prevail over them, and then the LORD sent them a deliverer to restore them.

"There rose up fire out of the rock"

Gideon was one of those chosen by the LORD to deliver a liberating victory to the Israelites. When he was called to do so, Gideon did not feel worthy of the seemingly-impossible task. So Gideon asked for a sign from the LORD.


"6:14 And the LORD [see The God Of The Old Testament to understand how "that Rock was Christ" 1 Corinthians 10:4 KJV] looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?

6:15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh [see The Israelite Patriarchs - Manasseh], and I am the least in my father's house.

6:16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites [see Midian] as one man.

6:17 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then show me a sign that thou talkest with me. 6:18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before thee.

And he said, I will tarry until thou come again.

6:19 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it.

6:20 And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so. 6:21 Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight. 6:22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because I have seen an angel of the LORD face to face." (Judges 6:14-22 KJV)

Not long after, Gideon asked for more miraculous signs. The LORD was tolerant of Gideon's lack of faith, as Gideon himself realized i.e. "Let not thine anger be hot against me."

"6:36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, 6:37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. 6:38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.

6:39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. 6:40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground." (Judges 6:36-40 KJV)

Fact Finder: Who were the "judges" of Israel?
See The Judges

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