Today's Message: Stuck In Hiding (pt. 1) | Brandon Naramore
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Judges 6:1-12 (New Revised Standard Version)
1 The Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them into the hand of Midian seven years. 2 The hand of Midian prevailed over Israel; and because of Midian the Israelites provided for themselves hiding places in the mountains, caves and strongholds. 3 For whenever the Israelites put in seed, the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the east would come up against them. 4 They would encamp against them and destroy the produce of the land, as far as the neighborhood of Gaza, and leave no sustenance in Israel, and no sheep or ox or donkey. 5 For they and their livestock would come up, and they would even bring their tents, as thick as locusts; neither they nor their camels could be counted; so they wasted the land as they came in. 6 Thus Israel was greatly impoverished because of Midian; and the Israelites cried out to the Lord for help.
7 When the Israelites cried to the Lord on account of the Midianites, 8 the Lord sent a prophet to the Israelites; and he said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I led you up from Egypt, and brought you out of the house of slavery; 9 and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians, and from the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out before you, and gave you their land; 10 and I said to you, ‘I am the Lord your God; you shall not pay reverence to the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not given heed to my voice.”
11 Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the oak at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press, to hide it from the Midianites. 12 The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty warrior.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 8
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Evil: wickedness, morally depraved… (Decisions) of little worth...
"The (never ending) fickleness of the Israelites, who cannot long resist the allurements of other gods no matter how much Yahweh exerts himself on their behalf” - Webb, B. G. (2012). The Book of Judges. (R. K. Harrison & R. L. Hubbard Jr., Eds.) (p. 222).
1 Corinthians 10:13 13
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Prevailed: “To render your opponent powerless...”
Genesis 3:7 (English Standard Version).
Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths
"According to Genesis 25:1–6, Midian, the ancestor of the Midianites, was the son of Keturah, one of Abraham’s concubines.”
- Webb, B. G. (2012). The Book of Judges. (R. K. Harrison & R. L. Hubbard Jr., Eds.) (p. 222).
People of the East
“Apparently, the Midianites recruited a coalition of nomadic tribesmen to harass Israel and to provide themselves with food and other goods.”- Butler, T. C. (2009). Judges (Vol. 8, p. 197).
"Sheep, oxen and donkeys represent, collectively, the sum total of economically valuable animals, and were therefore special objects of destruction by enemies (1 Sam. 15:3; 22:19; Josh. 6:21)" - Webb, B. G. (2012). The Book of Judges. (R. K. Harrison & R. L. Hubbard Jr., Eds.) (p. 223).
1 You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, 2 will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” 3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence;
4 he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
or the arrow that flies by day, 6 or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only look with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, 10 no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder,
the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.
14 Those who love me, I will deliver;
I will protect those who know my name.
15 When they call to me, I will answer them;
I will be with them in trouble,
I will rescue them and honor them.
"Israel becomes very small—in significance, in self-esteem, and in possessions… Israel is “humiliated” physically, socially, and spiritually” - Butler, T. C. (2009). Judges (Vol. 8, p. 197).
Psalm 10:17 17
O Lord, you will hear the desire of the (humble); you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear
2 Corinthians 12:9a
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”