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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
"TOUGH FAITH FOR TOUGH TIMES"
"GIDEON--FAITH LEARNING FROM THE
BATTLES OF LIFE" PART I
Hebrews 11:32; Judges 6:36-40
We're in the Book of Judges, chapter 6, which is the graphic story
of a man by the name of Gideon, who is also spoken of in Hebrews 11:32.
There are several men named there, without telling their individual
stories. But when you go back to the Old Testament and read the
accounts of their lives, you have to spell it out, because it has so
much to teach us today. We!re going to learn about the marvelous way
in which God dealt with Gideon in order to teach us about our own walk
with Him today.
You might have seen the movie, "The Invasion of Normandy." If you
remember, there was a particular young private who came ashore during
that tremendous deluge of men being slaughtered on the beaches of
Normandy. This young man showed considerable bravery as he tried to
fulfill the objectives of his particular group. As men were falling
all around him, it soon became evident that the leaders in his platoon
were all dead.
While he was lying there seeking to know what to do next, a
general came up, and there beside him in the sand, said, "Son, I've
been watching you and I want you to take the men and charge through
this barbed wire...1" and he gave him instructions for the next move.
The private said, "Sir, I would do it, except that I am not in
command here. I am not an officer." The general said to him, "You are
now. I have just promoted you to Lieutenant. Take charge and get it
done!" He received a battlefield commission right on the spot.
Gideon was such a man. He had no experience. He was not a leader
but God picked him out and said, "Gideon, here you are; I am making you
an officer and I want you to do what rIve asked." And Gideon began to
fulfill God's promise to Israel to deliver them.
Remember that Israel had bee ...
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