Thought to Guide Your ReadingGideon turns down the ability to become king of Israel.
Summary in 100 Words or LessThe tribe of Ephraim quarreled with Gideon over the battle against Midian. Gideon patched their relationship. They all chased the enemy.
The men at Succoth would not allow Gideon or his men any bread. Gideon punished Succoth when he returned from battle.
Israel asked Gideon to become king. Gideon refused, citing God's reign. He received gold instead.
Peace reigned for forty years, but the people continued to forget God.
Abimelech, the son of Gideon, killed 69 of his brothers. One escaped. He ruled disastrously for three years. He died when a mill stone fell on his head—God's punishment.
How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right
The men at Succoth were inhospitable and paid for it with their lives.Gideon and his men needed food. The men at Succoth did not give them food only because they did not approve of their pursuits. Gideon threatens them and follows through with the threat. God does not approve of inhospitality.
Gideon turns down the ability to rule the nation of Israel.Gideon's reason is important, "I most certainly will not rule over you, nor will my son. God will reign over you" (8:23, The Message). When God's Chosen People give God reign they need no king.
Gideon allowed his wealth to seduce him to other gods.Even though Gideon was a great leader for God, he still did not stay loyal to God. His need to commemorate his great wins in gold caused his family to fall away and eventually end. Leaders must not assume their success will lead to life-long obedience. They must always be obedient!
Is God reigning over you?
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