Look at Judges 8:1-3 again. The men of Ephraim felt humiliated that Gideon and his three hundred men were willing to go to war against the great army and Ephraim was afraid to do anything until Gideon began to win the fight. It says Ephraim “reprimanded him sharply.” I want to make 2 unrelated points from this.
Gideon and his army were fighting (and winning) a God inspired battle that would cause blessing on the whole nation, but when he looks for some support of bread to eat, they get none. When we are doing what God has called, we can expect God to provide, but don’t look to people ; often they don’t understand what God is doing.
Judges 9:56-57 sums up the main point of the chapter: “Thus God repaid the wickedness of Abimelech, which he had done to his father by killing his seventy brothers. And all the evil of the men of Shechem God returned on their own heads, and on them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal.” When someone sows treachery and violence, they will reap the same.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan