How can God summon a weak person to do mighty things? We might as well see and learn from the story of an oddly chosen person to do great things for the Lord despite his weaknesses.
Let us find out how Jerub-Baal is People Just Like You.
Jerub-Baal’s Back story
Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) was not the first person you would choose in leading an army. He was meek about his clan being the weakest in Manasseh and being the least in his family. In fact, before God spoke to him and told him he was courageous, Gideon was harvesting in the hidden from the Midianites. (because he didn’t want them to destroy his crops) What he was showing countered how the Lord described him.
But God was patient with Gideon. And he was given a chance to overtake the Midianites with only a handful of army that gave the name of the Lord justice throughout Israel.
see full story in the Bible: Judges 6-8
For seven years, the Israelites were played by the hands of the Midianites. For they did evil in the eyes of the Lord just as their ancestors did in the past.
Midian bullied Israel.
Their power was so oppressive that the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in the mountain clefts, caves and strongholds. Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country. They camped on the land, ruined the crops and did not spare any living things for the Israelites, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys. Like locusts, they swarm their produce; they invaded the land to ravage it.
Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the Lord for help.
Gideon wanted to test if the Lord will save Israel by his hands.
Gideon said to God,
“If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised— 37 look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.”
And it happened the next day. He squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew — a bowlful of water.
Then Gideon said to God,
“Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.”
That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry — all the ground was covered with dew.
Early in the morning, Jerub-Baal (that is Gideon) and all his men camped at the spring of Harod.
The Lord said to him,
“You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me,
‘My own strength has saved me.’
Now announce to the army,
‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’”
Only Ten thousand remained out of Thirty-three thousand men.
But the Lord said to Gideon,
“There are still too many men.
Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there.
If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go;
but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”
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