18354. JUDGES CHAPTER 6
VERSE 1. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian SEVEN YEARS.
VERSE 2. And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds. 3. And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; 4. And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass. 5. For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.
6. AND ISRAEL WAS GREATLY IMPOVERISHED BECAUSE OF THE MIDIANITES; and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD.
7. And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites,
8. That THE LORD SENT A PROPHET unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; 9. And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land; 10. And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: BUT YE HAVE NOT OBEYED MY VOICE.
11. And THERE CAME AN ANGEL OF THE LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, TO HIDE IT FROM THE MIDIANITES.
12. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of Valour. 13. And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
14. And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?
15. And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? BEHOLD, MY FAMILY IS POOR IN MANASSEH, AND I AM THE LEAST IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE.
16. And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man. 17. And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me. 18. Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before thee. And he said, I will tarry until thou come again. 19. And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it. 20. And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so. 21. Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight. 22. And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because I have seen an angel of the LORD face to face. 23. And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die. 24. Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
25. And it came to pass THE SAME NIGHT, that the LORD said unto him, Take thy father’s young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and THROW DOWN THE ALTAR OF BAAL THAT THY FATHER HATH, AND CUT DOWN THE GROVE THAT IS BY IT: 26. And build an altar unto the LORD thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down. 27. Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the LORD had said unto him: and so it was, because he feared his father’s household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night.
28. And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built. 29. And they said one to another, Who hath done this thing? And when they inquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash hath done this thing.
30. Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it.
31. And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar. 32. Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down his altar.
33. Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel.
34. But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him. 35. And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.
36. And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, 37. Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. 38. And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.
39. And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. 40. And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground
1. I HAVE BEEN VERY RELUCTANT FOR THE PAST 48 HOURS TO RETURN TO THIS TOPIC, BUT THE HOLY SPIRIT WON’T LET ME GO. HE WITHDREW MY REST FOR THY SAKE. IF ONLY YOU KNOW THE PAINS I WENT THROUGH. I WANTED TO MOVE IN TO THE JUICY CHAPTER 7 OF JUDGES, BUT RABBONI IS NOT DONE WITH YOU.
FAITH COMETH BY HEARING, AND HEARING AGAIN! THE LORD GOD MADE ME TO COME BACK TO THIS TOPIC OF CHANGING YOUR GENEALOGY OF ADVERSITIES INTO GENEALOGY OF PROSPERITY
2. MANY TIMES WE CRY UNTO THE LORD FOR DELIVERANCE FROM THOSE WHO OPPRESS US. BUT OUR CRIES ARE WRONG CRIES, OUR CRIES ARE SELFISH CRIES. WE ARE BETTER THAN OUR ANCESTORS BECAUSE WE LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES AND ERRORS (ROMANS 15:4) “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were WRITTEN FOR OUR LEARNING, that we through patience and comfort of the SCRIPTURES might have hope.”
WE ARE BETTER THAN GIDEON AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BECAUSE WE LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES. THEY “… CRIED UNTO THE LORD BECAUSE OF MIDIANITES… ” (JUDGES 6:7). THEY CRIED UNTO THE LORD BECAUSE OF THEIR ENEMIES. THAT WAS A WRONG CRY. GOD HAD TO CORRECT THEM BY SENDING A PROPHET (JUDGES 6:8), TO TELL THEM THAT THEIR AFFLICTIONS AND POVERTY WERE AS A RESULT OF THEIR DISOBEDIENCE TO HIS VOICE (JUDGES 6:10), AND NOT JUST BECAUSE OF MIDIANITES (JUDGES 6:6-7).
3. MANY TIMES WE CRY OR PRAY TO GOD FOR THE WRONG REASONS. THAT’S WHY MANY TIMES GOD KEEPS SILENT. TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH WILL BE REQUIRED IN RETURN (LUKE 12:48). GOD IS EXPECTING MUCH FROM US BECAUSE HE HAS GIVEN US MUCH GRACE IN THIS GENERATION THAT IS GREATER-THAN-JOHN (MATTHEW 11:11).
THEY CRIED UNTO THE LORD AND THE LORD SENT A PROPHET (VERSE 8) TO TELL THEM THAT THEIR DISOBEDIENCE (VERSE 10) IS THE CAUSE OF THEIR AFFLICTIONS AND IMPOVERISHMENT. HE ALSO SENT AN ANGEL (VERSE 12) TO INSTRUCT THEM TO UPROOT AND OVERTHROW (VERSE 25) THE ALTARS OF IDOLATRY WHICH THEY WORSHIPPED.
4. GOD’S FORMULA HAS NOT CHANGED. EVERY DELIVERANCE IS TRIGGERED BY A CRY UNTO THE LORD. IF IT’S A WRONG CRY, HE SENDS A PROPHET OF CORRECTION TO THE PEOPLE, AND AN ANGEL OF RESTITUTION TO HIS BACKSLIDDEN SERVANT.
5. WE SHOULD NOT MAKE THE MISTAKES OF OUR ANCESTORS. INSTEAD OF POINTING 👉 FINGERS AT THE MIDIANITES (EXTERNAL ENEMIES), WE SHOULD LOOK INWARD AND CONDUCT SELF-EXAMINATIONS. WE SHOULD CHECK OUR OBEDIENCE LOGS. WE SHOULD CHECK EVERY INTERNAL STRANGE IDOLS IN OUR HEARTS, AND OVERTHROW EVERY STRANGE ALTARS IN OUR LIVES. WE SHOULD STOP POINTING 👉 FINGERS AT THE PROBLEMS, WE SHOULD LOCATE THE ROOT AND SOURCE OF THE PROBLEMS AND OVERTHROW THE SOURCE, IF WE WANT THE PROBLEM TO DISAPPEAR! THAT’S WHAT GIDEON DID, THAT’S WHAT WE MUST DO.
6. GOD COULD NOT DELIVER ISRAEL WITH THE ALTAR OF BAAL. MANY OF US GATHER UNDER STRANGE ALTARS, AND CRIED UNTO GOD FOR DELIVERANCE BUT WE REFUSE TO LET GO THE ALTARS OF DIVINATION WHICH WE WORSHIP. YOU CAN’T EAT YOUR CAKE 🎂 AND STILL HAVE IT.
GIDEON OVERTHREW EVERY STRANGE ALTARS OF HIS FATHER’S HOUSE. HAVE YOU EVER ASKED YOURSELF WHY THE DEMONS AND AFFLICTIONS REFUSED TO OBEY YOU? HAVE YOU BOTHERED TO FIND OUT HOW THE GIDEON WHO WAS THE YOUNGEST, FROM THE WEAKEST AND POOREST FAMILY IN MANASSEH (VERSE 15), COULD COMMAND SO MUCH RESPECT AND AUTHORITY OVER THE WHOLE ISRAEL, AND THEY OBEYED AND FOLLOWED HIM?
DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A RABBONI’S COMMANDER OVER YOUR DESTINY WITH RESPECT AND AUTHORITY OVER MANY NATIONS?
IF YOU DO WHAT GIDEON DID, YOU WILL ENJOY AUTOMATIC PROMOTION FROM ADVERSITY AND IMPOVERISHMENT INTO PROSPERITY IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME.
7. I KEEP HEARING IN MY SPIRIT: “… THE ALTARS… THE ALTARS… GET RID OF THE STRANGE ALTARS… ” 😭😭😭 THANK YOU HOLY SPIRIT.
WHAT IS YOUR OWN STRANGE ALTARS? TELL ME YOUR OWN SECRET ALTARS IN YOUR HEART AND IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT CONSCIOUS AND UNCONSCIOUS IDOLS DO YOU WORSHIP 🛐 ?
UNLESS YOU UPROOT AND OVERTHROW THE STRANGE ALTARS PLAYING GAMES OF DIVINATIONS AND AFFLICTIONS IN YOUR LIFE, THE DRAMA IMPOVERISHMENT WON’T END!
8. AN ALTAR IS GOD’S ARMOURY OF VICTORY IN EVERY BATTLE OF LIFE. GIDEON AND ISRAELITES COULD NOT DEFEAT MIDIANITES AND AMALEKITES UNTIL THE ALTAR OF BAAL WAS UPROOTED AND OVERTHROWN. A NEW ALTAR WAS BUILT UNTO GOD AFTER THE OVERTHROW OF THE REGIME OF IDOLATRY. UNTIL YOU HAVE A NEW ALTAR RAISED UNTO GOD, YOU CAN’T HAVE NEW VICTORIES.
DON’T CRY WRONG CRIES, AND DON’T CRY WITHOUT AN ALTAR. ALTAR-LESS CHRISTIANS ARE POWERLESS CHRISTIANSALTAR-LESS CHRISTIANS ARE POWERLESS CHRISTIANS! ALTAR-LESS CHRISTIANS ARE HELPLESS CHRISTIANS! ALTAR-LESS CHRISTIANS ARE GREATLY IMPOVERISHED CHRISTIANS!.
AS SOON AS GIDEON OVERTHREW THE ALTAR OF BAAL, AND BUILT A NEW ALTAR UNTO GOD, HIS GENEALOGY CHANGED, AND COMMANDED RESPECT AND AUTHORITY OVER ALL OF ISRAEL! YOUR THRONE IS WAITING FOR YOU TOO, OF YOU OVERTHROW EVERY LIMITING ALTARS OF YOUR FATHER’S AND MOTHER’S HOUSE.
9. TAKE THE FOLLOWING PRAYERS:
(i). EVERY ALTAR OF FAILURES AND LIMITATIONS OF MY FATHER’S HOUSE, I UPROOT AND OVERTHROW YOU NOW, IN THE NAME OF JESUS
(ii). EVERY ALTAR OF STAGNATION AND IMPOVERISHMENT OF MY FATHER’S AND MOTHER’S HOUSE, BE UPROOTED AND OVERTHROWN NOOOOOOWWWWWW IN THE NAME OF JESUS
(iii). EVERY STRONGHOLD RELIGIOSITY AND DIVINATION IN MY LIFE, I UPROOT AND OVERTHROW YOU NOOOOOOWWWWWW BY THE POWER IN THE BLOOD 🩸 🩸 🩸 OF JESUS, IN THE NAME OF JESUS
(iv). GENEALOGY OF POWERLESSNESS TROUBLING MY LIFE AND FAMILY, I DROWN YOU TO DEATH NOOOOOOWWWWWW, IN THE NAME OF JESUS
(v). BY THE POWER 💪 IN THE BLOOD 🩸 🩸 🩸 OF JESUS, I RAISE A NEW ALTAR OF DELIVERANCE OVER MY LIFE AND FAMILY NOOOOOOWWWWWW IN THE NAME OF JESUS
(vi). EVERY ALTAR OF INDEBTEDNESS, SHAME, AND REPROACH IN MY FOUNDATIONS, I UPROOT AND OVERTHROW YOU NOOOOOOWWWWWW BY THE EXCAVATOR OF THE HOLY GHOST, IN THE NAME OF JESUS
(vii). EVERY ALTAR OF ANCESTRAL SLAVERY IN MY FOUNDATIONS, BE UPROOTED AND BE OVERTHROWN NOOOOOOWWWWWW IN THE NAME OF JESUS
(viii). EVERY ALTAR OF DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD IN MY LIFE AND FAMILY, BE UPROOTED AND BE OVERTHROWN NOOOOOOWWWWWW IN THE NAME OF JESUS
(ix). WITH A CRY OF FURY AND VENGEANCE, I CRY AGAINST EVERY ALTAR DIVINATION AND SORCERY THAT HAVE EVER STOLEN MY DESTINY’S BREAKTHROUGHS, VOMIT THEM NOOOOOOWWWWWW AND DIE IN MY LIFE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS
(x). WITH A CRY OF REPENTANCE AND GODLY SORROWS, I RENOUNCE, REJECT, AND OVERTHROW EVERY ALTAR OF MAMMON IN MY LIFE AND FAMILY, IN THE NAME OF JESUS
(xi). O GOD ARISE BY YOUR RAIN OF MERCY 🩸🩸🩸, WASH AWAY EVERY POLLUTION AND CONTAMINATION WITCHCRAFT FROM MY LIFE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS
(xii). MY FATHER, SEND YOUR ANGEL OF DIVINE INTERVENTION FOR MY DELIVERANCE FROM EVERY ALTAR OF DEMONIC OPPRESSIONS, IN MY LIFE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS
(xiii). EVERY ALTAR OF SICKNESSES AND DISEASES IN THE TEMPLE OF MY BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT, BE EVACUTED AND EXPLELLED NOOOOOOWWWWWW IN THE NAME OF JESUS
(xiv). LET THE ARMOURY OF VENGEANCE ARISE FOR MY SAKE NOOOOOOWWWWWW FIGHT FOR ME! FIGHT FOR ME! FIGHT FOR ME! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!…. IN THE NAME OF JESUS
(xv). O GOD ARISE, BY YOUR POWER THAT CHANGED THE GENEALOGY OF GIDEON FROM THE WEAKEST AND POOREST FAMILY IN MANASSEH, TO THE STRONGEST AND MIGHTY MAN OF VALOUR AND SAVIOUR OF ISRAEL, CHANGE MY OWN GENEALOGY TOO FROM ADVERSITY TO PROSPERITY, IN THE NAME OF JESUS
(xvi). EVERY FINGER OF ENVY AND FAILURE, POINTING 👉 AT MY LIFE FOR EVIL, I CUT YOU OFF NOOOOOOWWWWWW IN THE NAME OF JESUS
(xvii). EVERY ROCKET 🚀 🚀 🚀 GAZA FIRED BY 5GE ENEMY AGAINST MY PROMISED LAND, GO BACK AND CONSUME YOUR OWNERS AND SENDERS, IN THE NAME OF JESUS
(xviii). EVERY BOMB 💣 💣 💣 OF TERROR PLANTED BY THE ENEMY IN MY JERUSALEM, BE EVACUATED NOW AND DETONATE 💥💥💥TO CONSUME YOUR OWNERS AND SENDERS, IN THE NAME OF JESUS
(xix). EVERY HOSTILITY OF ESAU AND ISHMAEL FASHIONED AGAINST MY DESTINY’S ISAAC AND JACOB’S BREAKTHROUGHS, BE DROWNED TO DEATH IN THE RIVERS OF THE BLOOD 🩸 🩸 🩸 OF JESUS
(xx). GENEALOGY OF TERROR AND INTIMIDATIONS, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! SCATTER UNTO DESOLATIONS, IN THE NAME
(xxi). BY THE POWER IN THE BLOOD 🩸 🩸 🩸 OF JESUS, I RAISE A NEW ALTAR OF PER0ETUAL OBEDIENCE AND ABUNDANCE OVER MY LIFE AND FAMILY UNTO GOD NOOOOOOWWWWWW IN THE NAME OF JESUS
10. THANK YOU FATHER FOR HEARING AND ANSWERING MY PRAYERS AND DESIRES OF MY HEART IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME.