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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?
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.
Fact Finder: Who were the "judges" of Israel?