Family Bible Study for March 14: Opposing False Beliefs : Friday, Feb. 20, 2004
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Family Bible Study for March 14: Opposing False Beliefs : Friday, Feb. 20, 2004
Friday, Feb. 20, 2004

Family Bible Study for March 14: Opposing False Beliefs

Focal passage: Judges 6:1, 7-10, 12-14, 25-32
Key verse: Judges 6:14

By Claude Frazier

Guard Against False Beliefs

Judges 6:1, 7-10

The children of Israel had a tendency to turn away from God and to worship idols. Such behavior had consequences. The text for this lesson describes a time when the Lord punished Israel by allowing the Midianites to conquer them. Oppression became so strong that the Israelites hid themselves in dens, caves and strongholds. Then they remembered God and cried out to Him. As always, the Lord heard their prayers and sent a prophet, who reminded them that God had brought them out of bondage under the Egyptians, but they had not given heed to God's voice.

Replace Fear with Faith

Judges 6:12-14

God worked through a man named Gideon to deliver Israel. An angel appeared to Gideon, calling him a "mighty man of valor." Gideon perceived it was an angel and thought he would surely die from being that close to him. He also wondered why all the oppression from the Midianites was happening if God was with him and His people.

Gideon did not think he was qualified to deliver Israel. He believed his background was inadequate, his tribe insignificant and that he was "least in my family." How could he undertake such a gigantic mission?

We can recall Moses feeling the same way when he was called to lead the children of Israel. The ones God calls to perform great tasks for His cause succeed when they let the divine overcome the human element, and respond with gladness and obedience.

It sometimes seems that God uses unlikely persons to do His work, but it shows God's wondrous ability to take little things and make much from them.

One great need is for Christians to read the word, pray and be obedient to God. We need to know the truth and stand for it. We should stand against false beliefs and wrong moral actions, upholding what is right.

There is no limit or end to the number of individuals and groups who have believed in God and known Him to be near. God's power is awesome - not even to be compared to atomic energy or the mighty workings of nature. All men are called upon to trust this power. Man's strength empowered by God's strength gives man the ability to do what he cannot accomplish alone.

Reject Idolatry - be Loyal to God

Judges 6:25-32

God ordered Gideon to pull down the altar of Baal which his father had erected. This shows how much the Israelites had taken over the Canaanite practices. The human touch to this story is that Gideon destroyed the altar at night because he was afraid of his family and the men in town.

But God was already working, as Gideon's father stood up for him when others defended Baal. He asked why Baal had not shown his power when Gideon destroyed his altar, questioning the Canaanite god's existence and showing the weakness of idolatry.

One early missionary to India was so courageous that she would take a cane, umbrella or hammer with her as she walked along and would smash Hindu idols.

Our most convincing argument when asked about God's existence is to tell what He has done for our soul. This is more effective than arguing.

I am sure Gideon was taught to honor his father, but like him, we sometimes have to do negative work. Later we see the positive reasoning and the outcome that lies behind it. It is not always easy to do God's bidding, but He will always be there when we do. We should live each day in commitment and loyalty to the one true God.

With only 300 men, each equipped with a trumpet, empty pitcher and a lamp to place inside the pitcher, the men followed Gideon's orders and caused the host of Midianites to flee.

With God nothing is impossible!

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