THE BAPTISM OF FIRE---GIDEON
Jesse M. Hendley
In Hebrews, chapter 11, we have a roll-call of the men
of faith, and GIDEON is mentioned as one of the men of
faith. Let us go back now to Judges; chapter 6 and see
what God has to say about Gideon.
Gideon was a man who had the baptism of fire, All
through the Bible we read of holy men who had
religious experiences, who met the Lord and KNEW that
they met the Lord. And, friends, when we see how they
met God, we will know that God is no respecter of
persons, and that we can meet Him, too.
I like Gideon. Moses and Elijah and Isaiah were men of
great stature, but somehow Gideon doesn't seem so
great. And yet, he won a mighty victory for God
because he had the baptism of fire. The Lord worked
through this man Gideon.
You remember that Israel was in a deplorable apostasy.
Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord
delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years. I
wonder today, friends, as I study this Bible, if this
constantly recurring crisis all around the world in
every nation, the fear, and the war, and so forth, is
not because of the evil that we have done in the sight
of the Lord? Not in the sight of men, or our own
sight, but in the sight of the Lord. The Lord
delivered Israel to the enemy, the Midianites, BECAUSE
OF THEIR SIN. And so great was their terror that they
hid themselves in caves and mountains to get away from
the enemy. They had no sustenance. The enemy took
their sheep and oxen and everything they had. The
enemy came up as grasshoppers, a great army, without
number, and Israel was helpless in their hands.
In the midst of their suffering, THEN they cried unto
the Lord. Sometimes, when people sin, they say it is
no use to pray, that God won't answer their prayer
anyhow. So they don't pray. But when you have failed
God, that's the time you need to pray the most!
Here we read that when they did cry, the ...
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