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SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 20160403 GIDEON'S AMAZING CALLING

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GIDEON'S AMAZING CALLING
SERMON STARTER
GOD'S ONE-HUNDRED TO ONE MIRACLE
Judges 6:11-16 - 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
          This is the time of doldrums: political, economic, seasonal doldrums. Sure there is an occasional Spring bulb-type flower, daffodils and the tiny yellow and violet flowers we see at the end of winter each year. As soon as we become hopeful that Winter's over, another cold rain or wintry mix hits and we go back to cabin fever and a longing for the seasonal change to happen. I will never forget one of my first visitors at my first church parsonage. A local pastor from Fowler Community Church dropped by to make a friendly welcoming visit. Pastor Ben Saint said,
"Winters around here are extremely harsh, but Spring is like the Millennium."

          We also need a Spiritual time-out from spiritual doldrums: a time to catch our breath and re-focus on our lives and our surroundings. It becomes difficult to be where our shoes are. We struggle to allow ourselves to be objective about how God sees us. Our protagonist in this morning's Biblical narrative, Gideon has a lot of our kind of struggles. He hates conflict, avoids confrontation and hides when doing even the simplest of tasks in the agricultural world, winnowing grain.
 
          God sends his commissioning angel to Gideon hiding deep in a wine press. Removing chaff from wheat is usually done on a hilltop where the wind can carry away the chaff. He has to hide lest the Midianites or Malachites come and steal his grain by force.
          Our sermon this morning is about God's amazing call on Gideon's life. It could happen to any one of us. After all, God called Moses when he was 80, why couldn't He chose to call Gideon the son of a former man of wealth, Joash the Abiezrite? In fact God might even choose to call YOU!

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Sheepfold Ministries, April 3, 2,016

Pastor Phil Roland

GIDEON'S AMAZING CALLING
GOD'S ONE-HUNDRED TO ONE MIRACLE
Judges 6:11-16 - 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
“God both calls and commissions the people of His choice to do His work.
Often the least qualified and the poorest people in our estimate are used by God to do His amazing work.    Pastor Phil   <><<

26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.
27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;                                1 Corinthians 1:26,27


I. CALLED - Gideon was Called by God - Judges 6:12
12 And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him, and said to him, "The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor!"

          A. Israel's 7 Cycles of Apostasy: Depravity- Oppression - Deliverance
                    1 Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD. So the LORD
              delivered them into the hand of Midian for seven years,        Judges 6:1
                    1. God raises up a Prophet to confront sin / Rebellion
                            Nabi: To Bubble Forth, a spokesman, speaker, prophet
                    2. He raises up a Judge to Deliver them
                        Deen: Administer, defender, one who executes judgment, governs
          B. The Midianite and Amalekite hoards came each harvest for 7 years
                    1. Like devouring grasshoppers and locusts they consumed all
                    2. Camped with their warriors, tribes, families
          C. Gideon is Israel's Fifth of 15 Judges
                    1. Spanned 350 years from Joshua to Samuel
                    2. Seven cycles of Depravity - Oppression - Deliverance
          D. Called by  an Angel of the Lord (Adonai, Elohim, Hashem)
                    1. Theophanes - God Form
                    2. Christophanes - the Pre-Existing Christ

II. COMMISSIONED - Gideon was Commissioned by God
Judges 6:14
14 Then the LORD turned to him and said, "Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?"        A. Gideon Confirmed his Calling and  Commissioning
                    1. Gideon had a Call on his life
                    2. He still had to do something
          B. At first Gideon was cynical about God's Calling - Judges 6:13b
              And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about?
GIDEON'S AMAZING CALLING, cont., p.2

                    1. Gideon challenged God's Call - Judges 6:15
                               15 So he said to Him, "O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan
                       is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house."
                    2. C.S. Lewis said it like this,
                        "God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but
                          shouts in our pains. It's His megaphone to rouse a deaf world."
          C. God tested Gideon and Gideon tested God
                    1. Gideon's Offerings are consumed by fire
                    2. God's Messenger simply touched His Staff
          D. Gideon devised a Fleece Test
                    1. If the Fleece is wet and ground dry
                    2. Still skeptical, asked to have the ground wet / fleece dry
                    3. Dangerous Ground: We don't Fleece God, He fleeces us
                                        12 And Jesus answered and said to him, "It has been said, 'You shall
                          not tempt the LORD your God.' "    Luke 4:12
           
E. God Gives Gideon the Final Test: Sending Warriors Home
                    1. Gideon calls for help and gets 32,000 Warriors
                    2. God tells Gideon to send home the fearful warriors, 10M left
                    3. God gives Gideon and his men the "Lap Test"
                    4. Warriors who drank from the stream with Vigilance
                    5. 9,700 more Warriors were eliminated
                    6. Only 300 remained to do God's job
                    7. Only one in a hundred remained to destroy the enemy

III. COMPLETED - Gideon's Call was Completed by God
7 Then the LORD said to Gideon, "By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. . ." Judges 7:7b

          A. Deliverance - 300 men with Torches, Pitchers and Trumpets
                    1. They were to come against 132,000 enemy hoard
                    2. Sovereignty - By God and Him alone they were set free
                    3. God uses Weak Things - 1 Corinthians 1:27
                          God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the
                          things which are mighty
                    4. We, like Gideon are totally dependent on God's Grace
          B. The Battle Plan: Dispersement - Surprise - Terror
                    1. At Gideon's Command the 300 broke their Pitchers
                    2. The Torches were Exposed
                    3. The Shofar's were Blown
                    4. Battle Cries went forth
          C. Gideon Divided his 300 into 3 Companies,100 each - Judges 7:20
          20 Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers--they                     held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for
             blowing--and they cried, "The sword of the LORD and of Gideon!"
                    1. It was midnight and the enemy was terrorized
                    2. The darkness, bedlam and confusion they killed one another
GIDEON'S AMAZING CALLING, cont., p.3

Adrian Rogers told a story about a woodpecker pecking on a tree. In the middle of his pecking, a bolt of lightning hit that tree, splitting it right down the middle. The woodpecker backed off, surveyed the situation, and flew away. Later that day he returned with nine other woodpeckers. Proudly he said, "There it is, gentlemen. Right there. That's what I did."

LESSONS FROM GIDEON
1. God is Sovereign and chooses whom He uses
2. Never take credit for what God is doing
3. One man/woman plus God is a majority
4. Righteousness and obedience has the power of deliverance
5. God uses our weakness to do His Mighty Works
6. God is finally able to work through us when we "bottom out"
7. Testing is only allowed when you do something God desires
8. God specializes in the use of nobodies
9. Listen to God - Be Obedient - Enjoy the Victory
10. Of all the fifteen men who ruled as Judges of Israel, Gideon, the fifth Judge, was the greatest, in courage, in wisdom, and in faith in God

 

 

The Touch of the Master's Hand
Myra Brooks Welch
It was battered and scarred,
And the auctioneer thought it
Hardly worth his while
To waste his time on the old violin,
But he held it up with a smile.
"What am I bid, good people", he cried,
"Who starts the bidding for me?"
"One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?"
"Two dollars, who makes it three?"
"Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three",

But, No,
From the room far back a grey haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow,
Then wiping the dust from the old violin
And tightening up the strings,
He played a melody, pure and sweet,
As sweet as the angel sings.

The music ceased and the auctioneer
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said "What now am I bid for this old violin?"
As he held it aloft with its' bow.
"One thousand, one thousand, Do I hear two?"
"Two thousand, Who makes it three?"
"Three thousand once, three thousand twice,
Going and gone", said he.

The audience cheered,
But some of them cried,
"We just don't understand."
"What changed its' worth?"
Swift came the reply.
"The Touch of the Masters Hand."

And many a man with life out of tune,
All battered with bourbon and gin,
Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd
Much like that old violin.
A mess of pottage, a glass of wine,
A game and he travels on.
He is going once, he is going twice,
He is going and almost gone.
But the Master comes,
And the foolish crowd never can quite understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
By the Touch of the Master's Hand.

"The Master's Hand" was written by Myra Brooks Welch. She was called "The poet with the singing soul." Hers' was a very musical family. As a young woman, Myra's special love was playing the organ.
            In 1921, she heard a speaker address a group of students. She said she became filled with light, and "Touch of the Master's Hand wrote itself in 30 minutes!" She sent it anonymously to her church news bulletin. She felt it was a gift from God, and didn't need her name on it. It's popularity spread like magic.

 

GIDEON'S AMAZING CALLING
Judges 6:11-16
11 Now the Angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order 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, you mighty man of valor!"
13 Gideon said to Him, "O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, 'Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?' But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites."
14 Then the LORD turned to him and said, "Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?"
15 So he said to Him, "O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house."
16 And the LORD said to him, "Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man."

1 Corinthians 1:26-31
26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.
27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,
29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.
30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God--and righteousness and sanctification and redemption--
31 that, as it is written, "He who glories, let him glory in the LORD."


Judges were between Israel's military leader, Joshua's death and the coming of Kings and Prophets
Judges were like our State Governors
Sometimes God's leaders were empowered and commanded to act as military leaders
Eli and Samuel are considered the last Judges of Israel

 

Sovereignty of God
God's Lottery, except Gideon never bought a ticket
          God chose him anyway
God tested Gideon / Gideon tested God