This is a sad story to read. It is a description of Gideon falling away from the Lord and getting caught up in his own pride. This is a man who with his mouth “elevates” God and with his actions elevates himself and what he wants. Just look back at he says to the people that the Lord will rule them.
Gideon denies ruling as king. This sounds great and humble at first. Then he asks for all of the earrings and many valuables which he creates an ephod with. This later becomes the object of worship for the people. The Lord is essentially forgotten about. Not only that, but Gideon himself functioned as king even though he said that he was not the king. Gideon’s son Abimelech who would take Gideon’s place after he dies sheds a lot of light on Gideon, that even though he claimed to not be king, he saw himself as just that. “Abimelech” literally means “My father is King.”
It is a sad record of events. But in reading and studying I had to ask myself how many times have I said one thing and lived another? I was greatly convicted over my commitment to keeping God as the center and not myself. I believe that many of us, due to our sinful nature, have this problem. We tend to have a self-focus, even though we claim God as our focus. I am not saying we must be perfect, because we cannot achieve perfection. I am saying that as followers of Jesus we should be aware that we are just a couple of decisions away from ending up just like Gideon. Our God is of more value and is worthy of all praise and honor. This is a passage that causes great awareness of the potential to fall away from God.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate