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March 16 - Evening

"The Lord said to Gideon, 'You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ ' "

-Judges 7:2

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Getting Rid of the Fearful and Distracted Men


The nation of Israel was ready to act. They had been oppressed long enough, so they responded in large numbers to Gideon’s call (Judges 6:34). But, because there was so little knowledge of the Lord in the land and the people had such a corrupt understanding of the Covenant they had with YHWH, the Lord tells Gideon he has too many men. An army of 32,000 men had assembled when Gideon blew his trumpet to summon Israel to battle. Because of their ignorance of the Lord these men would credit themselves with the victory that the Lord wanted to give them.

In order to demonstrate to this new generation of ignorant Israelites the Lord reduces the number of fighting men in two phases from 32,000 to 10,000 to 300. The Lord first eliminates all the men who were fearful by inviting them to leave. And, 22,000 men left. Then the Lord eliminated the men who were not focused on the battle, but where more concerned about their own comfort and provision by telling 9,700 men who drank water like a dog to leave. Now, with 300 fearless, focused men the Lord would demonstrate his power and fulfill his covenant to Israel by acting in the positive sense of deliverance instead of discipline and punishment.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“The kingdom of God bursts history open, sets it in motion…toward the liberation of men in all the many stratifications in which they are endangered or enslaved.”
– J. M. Lochman

Something to Ponder??

1.  He had only one major publication.
2.  It was in Hebrew.
3.  It had no references.
4.  It wasn't published in a refereed journal.
5.  Some even doubt he wrote it himself.
6.  It may be true that he created the world, but what has he done since then?
7.  His cooperative efforts have been quite limited.
8.  The scientific community has had a hard time
replicating his results.
9.  He never applied to the Ethics Board for permission
to use human subjects.
10. When one experiment went awry he tried to cover it up by drowning the subjects.
11. When subjects didn't behave as predicted, he deleted them from
the sample.
12. He rarely came to class, just told students to
read the Book.
13. Some say he had his son teach the class.
14. He expelled his first two students for learning.
15. Although there were only ten requirements, most students failed his tests.
16. His office hours were infrequent and usually
held on a mountaintop.
(This is copied from these sources here, here, here and here.)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Euangelizo (Gr) – Proclaim Good News (Eng) – euangelizo is a Greek word that is translated “to preach good tidings” in Luke 4:18 as quoted from Isaiah. Euangelizo is also used in Acts 13:32, Romans 10:15 and Hebrews 4:2 to say “to brings good tidings” and “to declare glad tidings” referring to the presentation of the facts of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In 1 Thessalonians 3:6 and Luke 1:19 it is referring to announcing good news that is something other than the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.


Questionable? A coin with the name Quirinius has been found which identifies him as the proconsul of Syria and Cilicia from 11 BC until sometime after 3 BC. This indicates that there was a Quirinius governing Syria at the time of Jesus’ birth just as Luke 2:2 says. Some confusion and skepticism has arisen in the past because Josephus refers to another Quirinius who governed Syria in 6 AD and was also part of a census. The 6 AD date, the second Quirinius and the second census do not fit the Gospel account concerning Jesus’ birth since Herod the Great died in 4 BC.  The early Quirinius and his governorship, confirmed by the coin, matches Luke’s record perfectly. (Image of coin hereand here. Details - support and criticism. Other proof of correct dating by Luke here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will not allow fear to prevent me from doing what I know is right and what I know is my responsibility.
I will replace fear of failure with focus on the mission. I will focus and take action.
  "Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
    through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided."
- Proverbs 16:6
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

This is a view of the Wadi Besor located in the Western Negev Basin and drains into the Mediterranean Sea. David's men moved about in this area. Abraham and Isaac's city of Gerar of Genesis 20:1 and 26:1-7.
(click on image for larger size)

This is a labeled photo of a model of the southwest corner of the Temple Mount as it would have appeared in the days of the New Testament.(click on image for larger size)
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