Gideon--Faith Transforming The Helpless To The Heroic - Part 1 (17 of 26) by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

"TOUGH FAITH FOR TOUGH TIMES"
CT#709201 (243)

" GIDEON--FAITH TRANSFORMING THE
HELPLESS TO THE HEROIC"
PART I
Hebrews 11:32; Judges 6:1-36

(Heb. 11:32) And what more shall I say? I do
not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson,
Jephthah...
One of the heroes of faith mentioned in Hebrews 11, without any
narrative, is the story of Gideon. I want us to look at this for the
next several Sundays, because Gideon was a very important man, and what
happened in his life has a lot to say to us today, and it's found in
the Book of Judges, chapter 6.
Alexander White, a great preacher of another generation said, "We
do not know who wrote the Book of Judges, but we can be sure that
whoever wrote it was a master of the pen, and Gideon is his
masterpiece."
They say it happened in New Orleans Seminary. I don't know if
that's true, but they say it really happened in class. One day our
professor in Old Testament said, "I'd like to ask if any one of you
young theologians knows who wrote the Book of Judges?"
When you take the course in Old Testament Survey, you take a book
at a time, learn the purpose, the meaningr the method, tbe peri,od, the
author, etc., and there were a lot of puzzled expressions at this
question. No one said anything for a while, then one guy held up his
hand. The professor said, "Tell us, who wrote the Book of Judges?"
He stood up, scratched his head and said, "Well, I knew, but I
forgot."
The professor said, "Son, you knew and you forgot? Do you realize
that scholars for thousands of years have been trying to find out who
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wrote the Book of Judges, and you knew it and forgot it? I can't
believe it!"
We don't know who wrote the Book of Judges, but we do know that he
had some tremendous things to say. There's a strange thing about this
book. In it you will find that there has been no successor to Joshua.
From Joshua to th ...


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