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The Lord Is With You

“In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself”. John 1:1 AMP

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24th Judges Chapter 6 Chapter 7 The Lord Is With You

Memory Verse: When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” Judges 6:12 NIV

The Lord himself is a mighty warrior.  A warrior will not let you stand alone; but will even fight for you though you may not fight for yourself.

We read in Deuteronomy 1:30 (KJV) that God said, “The LORD your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes;

The Angel Michael is a mighty warrior, subject to the Lord of Hosts. A strong warrior will not follow a weak leader. The Host is an army with power from the Almighty God. Jesus is the Lord of Hosts. Though he had not yet come in human form during the days of Gideon, Jesus was and is yet the Son of God, commander of the greatest army ever.

Any time the Children of Israel thought they were above the necessity of the Lord, they did evil forgetting Him as their source of victory. God chastened them to show that He was not willing to allow them to become reprobates.

For they [the Midianites] 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. Judges 6:5 KJV

We see in in this lesson that God is true once again, proving that He is faithful and just to forgive us when we confess our faults to Him.

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. Judges 6:7-10 KJV

In the sixth chapter of Judges, Gideon was called a mighty warrior by the Angel of the Lord (Judges 6:12). This is no small compliment. Yet, Gideon had a conversation with God, showing his humility. How could this man of humble stature having no title of nobility, no riches or honor among men. How could he be God’s chosen warrior? God showed how he loves a humble heart. Gideon was even able to ask a sign from God (more than once) and He performed it.

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 show 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.

Judges 6:13-23 KJV

Gideon understood that his might in battle would not be an affront to God; not some indication that Gideon should then battle against God to see who would prevail – (this mind of usurping God was the reason the angel Lucifer became Satan: that evil one, who was cast out of heaven – and the third of angels who followed him, were cast out also, receiving the same reward as their leader). Gideon knew that God would have to be the source of his might, else there could be no victory. Gideen was subject to the Lord of Hosts; and the Lord would not let his words fall to the ground.

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 KJV

17 And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do. 18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. Judges 7:17-18 KJV

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