July 15, Reading 1 – Judges 8

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SAA Notes

Several chapters are devoted to Gideon, because he epitomises the mixed state of Israel at that time. His life’s work ends in the snare of the golden ephod, or priest’s special garment. The religious symbol meant more to them than God Himself. Is there anything like the ephod in my life?

SJA Notes

“And Gideon made an ephod of it and put it in his city, in Ophrah. And all Israel whored after it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and to his family.”

It is often in our lives that the very strengths we might think we have get turned around and very quickly become points of weakness.

Back in chapter 6 we read that Gideon was named Jerubbaal after destroying the altar to Baal – Meaning “Let Baal contend against him”.

Gideon was used to tear down an idol, and yet in the end made decisions that turned not just him, not just his family, but all of Israel back into idolatry.

Worshipping things other than the Lord God Almighty.

Have no other gods but ME says the Lord.

And both of these elements can be true for us today.

That we start taking pride in some strength, building little by little trust in ourselves, which little by little erodes our trust in God.

And that we can so easily become ensnared in idolatry and lead others down that road.

But!

In Jesus we have a better Gideon – A King who leads us, who makes only good decisions, who is our God that we can and do and only worship. Him and Him alone – When our eyes are turned to Jesus, they are not on another thing!

“Set your minds on things that are above, no on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2

* Holy and True God,

You alone are worthy of worship – Please mark us as a faithful people, as we meet for corporate worship, as we gather for fellowship, as we go our ways through the week.

Please help us set our minds on the things above – To truly take hold of the truth that Christ is all, and in all.

Lord please help us keep our eyes fixed on You and Your alone.

Amen.

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