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Gideon: A Mighty Warrior

May 27, 2018

 


 

Gideon a Mighty Warrior

(Judges 6:11-16)

 

Hero: "a person who is admired and honored for courage, outstanding achievements, or sacrifice for the sake of others."

 

Gideon: A Mighty Warrior   

Judges 6:11-16

 

11 Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” 13 And Gideon said to him, “Please, my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.” 14 And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” 15 And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.” 16 And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.” (Judges 6:11-16, ESV)

 

"11 ...Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.”

 

14 And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” 15 And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.” 16 And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.”

 

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10, ESV)

 

 

 

 

LifeGroup Notes

 

Sunday’s sermon showed us a character in the bible named Gideon. At the beginning of the story, we find him hiding from the Midianites. Then we see him confused when the Angel of the Lord calls him a mighty man of valor. Finally, when directed to save Israel, we see him say that his clan is the weakest of all the clans and he is the weakest in his clan--essentially making him the weakest of the weak. This exactly what makes him mighty--not his skill set or his reputation but God’s presence and calling. Today’s study will look at another character who had no physical or reputational prowess--only GOD’s presence--that make him a mighty warrior!

 

Read 1 Sam. 17
1. This chapter begins by defining the parameters of the war zone. Then it goes straight into defining just how big this “Goliath” actually was in (v4-7). So before me move on, let’s take some time to understand just how big Goliath was. Measurement Equivalents

   a. Height: 6 cubits and a span = 9’3”-11’9” (a cubit was a general measurement)

   b. Coat: 5000 shekel = 125 lbs.
   c. Spear head: 600 shekel = 15 lbs.

 

2. We see in v12-18 the role and expectations of David. How would you describe the way people viewed David?

 

3. Now in 1Sam.16:6-12 we see a similar account of David compared to his brothers. Compare the accounts of David in 1Sam.16 and 1Sam.17

 

4. David becomes aware of Goliath in v23. How would you describe his response in v26-27?
David is deeply offended that a Philistine would defy the armies that represent the Living GOD. He is more offended that none of his people have had the faith enough to fight Goliath in the name of the Living GOD.

 

5. David encounters his 1st test of faith and opportunity to be a mighty warrior in v28. Discuss as a group what is happening here.

 

6. Why do you think that Eliab’s anger burned against David?

 

7. David receives his 2nd opportunity to be a mighty warrior in v33. Discuss as a group what is happening here.

 

8. What is David’s main point on contention with Goliath in v26, 36, 45

 

9. David receives his 3rd opportunity to be brave in v41-44. Discuss as a group the opposition that he faces here in Goliath.

 

10. The ultimate sign of David being a mighty warrior is his unwavering confidence in GOD throughout his interaction with Goliath. Where in this passage do you see evidence of this Faith in GOD?

 

Impact Statement

The ultimate sign of David being a mighty warrior is his unwavering confidence in GOD throughout his interaction with Goliath. Something interesting happens in 1 Samuel 17:54. David placed Goliath’s armor in his tent--a trophy if you will to remind him of GOD’s faithfulness to him in fighting Goliath and in GOD’s faithfulness in to His people! Another often overlooked component of this story that points to David being a mighty warrior for GOD is the fact that King Saul offered the ultimate reward in terms of earthly riches. This earthly reward was not enough to motivate anyone else in the entire army to fight Goliath. The logic here is simple--the promise of earthly riches had no value if they died fighting Goliath. But for David, when he saw that Goliath was defying GOD, the promise of heavenly riches and obedience and defense of GOD, even in death had value. Just like the rest of this story and like Gideon from Sunday’s message--the way the earth views things does not correlate with how GOD views things. Both Gideon and David were mighty warriors, in spite of the way that their peers viewed them. 

 

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