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Wednesday, February 26 2014
Judges 6: Gideon Of Manasseh
"Oh my LORD, wherewith shall I save Israel? Behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house"
After they had been delivered from their self-inflicted oppressors by earlier Judges (see Judges 2: The Rise Of The Judges, Judges 3: Othniel, Ehud and Shamgar, Judges 4: Deborah and Judges 5: The Song of Deborah and Barak), the Israelites continued their cycles of rise and ruin.
"6:1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD [Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God]: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years. 6:2 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds. 6:3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; 6:4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza [see also Gaza In History And Prophecy], and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass. 6:5 For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it. 6:6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD." (Judges 6:1-6 KJV)
So it was then that the LORD chose Gideon, the son of Joash, of Manasseh (see Joshua 17: West Manasseh and Why East And West Manasseh?). As was the case with all of the Judges, none were self-important, juvenile-minded "heroes" - a deliberately-retarded state of mind that is worthless to anything good. All of the Judges were humble men and women, who were genuine servants of the LORD, after His Word was delivered to them. The opposing force (that the LORD brought upon the Israelites because of their unfaithfulness and idolatry) were the Midianites - a people of the part of Arabia (see Paul's Geography Lesson) that extends from southern Saudi Arabia and across the Sinai Peninsula.
"6:7 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites, 6:8 That the LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus smith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; 6:9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and rave them out from before you, and gave you their land; 6:10 And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorite's, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.
Gideon then proceeded to confront the Midianites (see Who Has A Spirit Of Confrontation?).
"6:27 Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the LORD had said unto him: and so it was, because he feared his father's household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night.
Fact Finder: Did Moses know people of Midian very well? What benefits did they provide to the Israelites during their time in the Sinai?
This Day In History, February 26
364: Valentinian I was proclaimed the Emperor of Rome (see also Who Were Valentine And Cupid?).
1266: The Battle of Benevento. Charles, Count of Anjou, defeated German and Sicilian forces under King Manfred of Sicily. Manfred died in the battle; Pope Clement IV the proclaimed Charles as king of Sicily and Naples (see also Emperors and Popes and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1443: Alfonso of Aragon entered Rome, where he later became king.
1616: The Roman Catholic "Inquisition" delivered an injunction to Galileo to stop correctly teaching that the Earth orbited the Sun.
1658: The Treaty of Roskilde. After a decisive defeat during the Northern Wars (1655–1661), the King of Denmark-Norway lost almost half his territory to Sweden.
1797: One-pound and two-pound notes were first used in England.
1815: Napoleon Bonaparte departed from the island of Elba with 1,200 followers. Within 3 weeks, France rallied to its former emperor but his last hope of keeping his crown ended in Belgium with the Battle of Waterloo in June. The British government subsequently banished Napoleon to the island of St. Helena where he died in 1821 at age 52.
1832: The Polish constitution was abolished and replaced by one imposed by Czar Nicholas I.
1848: The Second French Republic was proclaimed after the abdication of King Louis-Philippe.
1848: Karl Marx and Frederich Engels published The Communist Manifesto. It was an economic experiment that by the late twentieth century had been proven as a dismal failure that enslaved the workers that it promised to "liberate."
1867: The British House of Lords passed the British North America Act, establishing Canada as an independent nation.
1901: The leaders of the Boxer Rebellion in China, Chi-hsui and Hsu Cheng-yu, were beheaded in public.
1914: Britannic, sister ship to the famous Titanic, was launched at a shipyard in Belfast. Britannic was sunk by a mine in 1916 while serving as a hospital ship during the First World War (1914-1918).
1915: Flame throwers were used in battle for the first time when the Germans used them against the French at Malancourt.
1933: Construction began for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
1935: RADAR (RAdio Detection And Ranging) was first demonstrated by Robert Watson-Watt of Britain.
1936: Adolf Hitler opened the first factory for the manufacture of the "People's Car," or Volkswagen.
1952: Winston Churchill announced that Britain had its own atomic bomb.
1969: Levi Eshkol, Israeli prime minister from 1963, died. He was succeeded by Golda Meir.
1972: The Soviet Union recovered Luna 20 which had returned with a cargo of moon rocks.
1980: Egypt and Israel established diplomatic relations, ending 30 years of war between the two nations.
1993: A terrorist bomb severely damaged the World Trade Center buildings in New York. 6 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured.
1995: The London finance House of Barings collapsed after huge losses were run up in Singapore by a single trader.