Today I am going to do something a little different. On Wednesday’s Verse of the Day two comments were received concerning the verses and commentary. So before you read (reread) Wednesday’s verses here are their comments.
#1 – Remember they were CHILDREN of Israel…as soon as the “teacher” [i.e judge] left the room, they defaulted to their primal nature (selfish & idolatrous).
This is an interesting observation, but then again in a like sense we are all CHILDREN of some country of set of circumstances. And we too, all too often, when left to our own devices revert or default to our primal nature (selfish & idolatrous). However, this is not an excuse, but an observation and I believe our reader wants to warn us how easy it is default to our primal nature if we are not careful.
The Apostle Paul warns against this as well when he said
Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.
1 Corinthians 11:28
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?
2 Corinthians 13:5
#2 – What jumped out to me was God paring down the soldiers so much that his glory was clearly reflected.
This was in reference to my comment near the end when I wrote Two things jump out at me. First, once again they had peace for forty years. This time the peace ends because Gideon dies. The second thing that jumped out at me was No sooner had Gideon died than the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals.
The reader did not simply look at the end as I had done, but went back and considered earlier verses where Gideon assembled 32,000 men to go into battle and the Lord had Gideon send 22,000 men home leaving 10,000 men for the battle to come. Again was too many as Israel could boast their own strength saved them. So another 9,700 were sent home and Gideon was left with 300 to lead into battle against an army. The 300 were further divided into three groups of 100 each. All 300 carried a trumpet and
When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords.
Clearly the glory for the defeat of the Midianites belongs to God. An additional thought, all too often we want to take credit for a victory the Lord, has given us instead of giving Him credit. This would not be simply an error, but an incredibly grievous error.
So as we enter this weekend, think on who you give credit for your victories and successes. Think on this as you remember to go to church this weekend.