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Friday, February 28 2014
Judges 8: Gideon's Victory
"I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you"
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) permitted the Israelites to be conquered and oppressed whenever they became unfaithful and disobedient to Him (a cycle that extended far beyond the time of the Judges - including the time of the Messiah's first coming when He allowed the Romans to invade and occupy the land of Israel; see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Israel In History and Prophecy: Herod). When they repented, after their self-inflicted hard and painful lesson, the LORD gave them a deliverer to deliver the Deliver's Deliverance of them.
The LORD empowered Gideon to liberate (see also Liberty Under God or Liberty Under Satan?) the Israelites from the Midianites (see Judges 6: Gideon Of Manasseh and Judges 7: Gideon's Trumpets) - despite the juvenile-minded squabbling of the "leaders" of the tribes.
"8:1 And the men of Ephraim [see also Joshua 16: Ephraim's Inheritance] said unto him, Why hast thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when thou wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they did chide with him sharply.
The "Judges" of the LORD were commissioned solely as deliverers, military leaders, not as kings - the LORD was their King (both Moses and Joshua had served, in effect, as the Prime Minister of Israel, under the LORD; see Exodus 3: The Sign Of The Flaming Bush and Joshua 1: Joshua's Commission). When the Israelites wanted to proclaim victorious Gideon as their king, Gideon rightfully replied, "I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you."
Gideon built a monument to the LORD's deliverance of Israel. As was and is the case of most national monuments, it soon became an idol of the people's petty worship of themselves: "All Israel went thither a whoring after it."
"8:22 Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son's son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian.
So it was then that the cycle of deliverance (see Judges 2: The Rise Of The Judges) from idolatry and then a fall back into idolatry continued: "And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith their god."
8:28 Thus was Midian subdued before the children of Israel, so that they lifted up their heads no more. And the country was in quietness forty years in the days of Gideon.
This Day In History, February 28
202 BC: Liu Bang became Emperor Gaozu of Han, beginning four centuries of the Han Dynasty of China.
628 Persian King Khosrau II was assassinated (see also The Decrees Of The Persian Kings).
1066: Westminster Abbey opened. Originally an abbey church of Benedictine monks, it became a national shrine of Britain.
1525: Aztec King Cuauhtemoc was executed by the forces of Hernan Cortes.
1638: The Scottish National Covenant was signed in Edinburgh.
1692: The Salem, Massachusetts witch hysteria began (see also What Is Sorcery?).
1759: Pope Clement XIII granted permission for the Bible to be translated into the languages of the Roman Catholic states - provided that it was read and "interpreted" only by Catholic priests.
1784: John Wesley of the Church of England established his "Methodist Church" (also known as "the Wesleyan faith" or "the Methodists").
1825: A treaty was signed between Britain and Russia settling the border between Canada and Alaska. Alaska was then a Russian province.
1843: The Great March Comet of 1843 made its closest approach to the sun, only 120,000 km., less than a tenth of the solar diameter. For a few hours that day, the comet outshone any comet seen in the previous 7 centuries. Burning in the daytime sky like a brilliant, tailed star less than 1 degree from the limb of the sun, the comet's astronomical magnitude may have reached -17, more than 60 times brighter than the full moon. The tail eventually reached a length of 68 degrees, 3 weeks after perihelion, estimated to have stretched 300,000,000 km. across the inner solar system. The last time a comet was seen that close to the sun was in 1106.
1844: On the Potomac River, the U.S. navy was demonstrating its new frigate Princeton when one of its guns exploded, killing Secretary of State Abel Upshur, Navy Secretary Thomas Gilmer and some other government officials.
1917: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), total ships sunk for the month by German submarines: 212.
1940: British Colonial Secretary MacDonald terminated all further land sales to Jews in "Palestine" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism). The move was officially intended to prevent arousing the Arabs, thereby destabilizing the region, which would have benefited Nazi Germany.
1940: The superliner Queen Elizabeth was launched in Britain.
1948: The last British troops left India which had then become independent.
1954: The U.S. detonated its second hydrogen bomb, at Bikini atoll. The expected yield of the weapon of mass destruction was 8 megatons; the actual yield turned out to be 15 megatons.
1969: A Los Angeles court refused Robert Kennedy's assassin Sirhan Sirhan's request to be executed.
1974: The U.S. and Egypt re-established diplomatic relations after 7 years.
1993: The siege at Waco, Texas, began after U.S. federal agents tried to serve an arrest warrant for weapons charges on Branch Davidian sect leader David Koresh.
1996: Russia entered as the 39th member of the Council of Europe.
1997: An earthquake in northern Iran killed over 3,000 people.
2013: Pope Benedict XVI resigned - the first pope to do so since 1415.