Thursday, June 17, 2010
The Hill of the Lord, or I Have The Power!
Gideon was the son of Joash, the Abiezrite. He was literally picked from the wheat fields by the servant of the lord who called him a mighty man of valor and told him he possessed the spirit of the lord. And then sat under a tree for some time. It was hot.
Gideon responded to the servant with an honest question, “If the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? And where be His miracles which our fathers told us of…”
In my personal dealing with SGA, I have had the same question. If the Lord is with us, as claim the latter-day prophets, where are the miracles? Wouldn’t a terrific and timely miracle for me in my life be the taking away of unwanted feelings of SGA?
The servant spoke for the Lord and said to Gidion, “…have not I sent thee?“
Gideon, at the direction of the lord proceeded to defeat the Midianites -the oppressors of the Israelites. He did so even though he was the least of his father’s house, and he did so without utilizing the collective armies of Israel at his disposal who numbered over twenty two thousand as was expected, but with 300 men chosen by Gideon at the command of the lord. The other solders of Israel went back to their tents to literaly to wait it out.
The Israelites or a small choice remnant of the Israelites were successful because the lord backed them up. He gave them, through Gideon their leader, power. With that power and authority, deliberately few in numbers “they stood every man in his place.” It should be mentioned that they, in a very stage-y move, performed alongside lit lanterns and played instruments – trumpets in this case – in and of itself quite musical and theatrical. (Judges 6:22)
The job was done.
The oppressive Midianites were defeated. It was not done through the conventional wisdom of current warfare. This miracle was arranged through experience, priesthood power & authority, and a higher knowledge of the living God.
And having good lighting, a director that was in tuned into the moment, and 300 armed musical theatre enthusiasts may have helped as well.