Reading #1 – Judges 6
Reading #2 – Psalms 5
Reading #3 – Proverbs 12
Reading #4 – Acts 8
Reading #5 – 1 Kings 7
Judges 6 – Calling of Gideon. The nation as once again under enemy invasion. This time, the nation was robbed of food and so they starved. The people resorted to hiding in the caves to protect themselves. Gideon was hiding in a vat processing wheat when the G_d’s angel found him. Imagine hearing the message “Mighty hero, the LORD is with you (12)!” Gideon was not a warrior before the Lord clothed him in power. “Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The LORD brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the LORD has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.” Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you (13-15)!” Gideon’s first mission was to cut down the altar of Baal, cut down the Asharah pole that was on his father’s property, and then sacrifice his father’s prized bull on the altar. This created quite a stir in the morning when the people saw the altar to Baal had been destroyed after all, “Baal might be angry with us” as if something worse would happen to them. “Bring out your son,” the men of the town demanded of Joash. “He must die for destroying the altar of Baal and for cutting down the Asherah pole.” But Joash shouted to the mob that confronted him, “Why are you defending Baal? Will you argue his case? Whoever pleads his case will be put to death by morning! If Baal truly is a god, let him defend himself and destroy the one who broke down his altar!” From then on Gideon was called Jerub-Baal, which means “Let Baal defend himself,” because he broke down Baal’s altar.
1 Kings 7 – Solomon’s Palace. The construction of the Tempel took seven years and the building of the palace took 13. Huram was brought in to build the items out of burnished bronze and items overlaid in gold. While Solomon was having these structures erected, it was also the groundwork for the decimation of his kingdom.
Psalms 5 – Lives in the Hand of G_d. How we live our lives will greatly determine the pathway that we walk in. IF our ways are pleasing to the Lord, He will walk beside us. If our ways are offensive to him, He will keep his distance and the enemy of our soul will sweep in for the attack. The enemy will wear us down sort of like how a predator will wear its prey down until it has no strength to fight and then will go in for the kill.
Proverbs 12 – Two Paths and Two Distinct Lives. Two paths head in the same direction and then come to split in the road. This split will determine the course of our life. If we go down the pathway to the Kingdom, we grow wise and can discern wickedness from goodness. This was Solomon’s struggle.
Acts 8 – The Fire that Could Not be Stopped. AS hard as the enemy of our soul tried, he could not stop the fire of the Spirit from growing. These outward pressures served only to expand the fire. Persecution is pressure from an outward source. Outward pressures cause people to unite whereas inward pressures to “compromise” destroy the group. To bring the group’s solidarity down, the enemy had to change its tactics by causing inward turmoil that would break down the walls.