Judges (Program #4) – The Miserable History of Israel’s Forsaking God (3)
During a very difficult time in Israel’s history the Lord raised up Gideon to be a judge and ruler. Initially great victories were afforded under Gideon’s leadership and the account of his successes stands as the most glorious of those recorded in the book of Judges. His success can be attributed to 4 glorious factors of his relationship with Jehovah. However shortly after these successes he succumbed to serious temptations. These ultimately overtook him and all of Israel eventually suffered as a consequence. These factors remained as major stumbling blocks to many of God’s people and especially to many leading ones among God’s people today. We will look at the factors of both Gideon success and his failures on our program.
Rebellion. Of all the evils and sins of mankind none carry greater consequence nor evoke a more serious reaction from God. That’s because the target or object of all rebellion is authority which comes from and signify God Himself. God’s people Israel were caught up in acts of rebellion against God and His deputy authority on many occasions. The book of Numbers records the accounts of several progressive stages of rebellion ultimately resulting in God’s judgment and wrath being poured out in a very sobering display. The on-going and progressive rebellion of Israel in the wilderness is again our topic on our life study from Numbers.