Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Saturday AM, November 11, 2006.
California Conference 2006. Part 3.
The minchah is an offering of propitiation honoring the person who would go to the Cross, TLJC.
The minchah offering portrays the person sitting under the tree as one day being crucified on the tree.
1. Gideon was a believer since he brought the minchah which God only accepts from believers.
2. He was a man of doctrine and this offering was the beginning of his first application of Bible doctrine.
3. Gideon’s application of Bible doctrine is going in the right direction because minchah represents personal love for God.
Cela` = TLJC as our savior or Christ the Rock.
Did so – kal imperfect – asah = to execute or to obey.
1. This is a miracle, and after the performance of the miracle the Arabs are still in the land.
2. The purpose of this miracle was the appearance of TLJC, the consuming of the offering, and the departure of TLJC.
This is all to establish Gideon’s relationship with God, not to deliver the people.
Before Gideon can become a spiritual champion he must have a personal love for God.
No one can ever become a spiritual champion unless he sees the invisible God through the eyes of the soul.
Alas – ahahh –
an expression of pain = “Oh no!”
Gideon was frightened at this moment, because he knew EXO 33:20, you cannot see the face of the Lord and live.
He has seen a theophany, and he does not understand the difference between seeing a theophany and seeing God.
God said, “You are going to deliver the country from the Arabs.”
Fear is the inability to think under pressure.
Fear is emoting under pressure rather than thinking under pressure.
The Lord is prosperity or Jehovah is shalom.
Prosperity is knowing the invisible but real God.
Gideon has seen how wealth does not sustain you under pressure.
Personal love for God will give you SSE, and SSE divides those in spiritual childhood from spiritual adulthood.
SSE is the dividing line between minus capacity for life and plus capacity.
Once Gideon becomes occupied with TLJC then he has the SSE to become a spiritual champion.
ROM 15:4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Verses 25-32, the basic leadership course.
Verses 33-40, the advanced leadership course.
Gideon will be trained at night.
Not in the day time but at night.
Because Gideon and 300 men will go up against 135,000 Arabs at night.
The bull’s age corresponds to the Arab tyranny of seven years.
Gideon’s father was one of the leaders in the Phallic cult and in the worship of Baal.
The Asherah was a Phoenician goddess representing female deity in the Phallic cult.
She was equivalent to Venus in Roman times.
The first thing a spiritual champion must do is cut himself off from apostasy, and that may even be your family.
Gideon is going to take his father’s bull, cut up the altar, take another bull and burn it as a burnt offering.
The people in the land must know that Gideon, as a leader, is not going in with the power of Baal.
If you are going to step out and do something for the Lord, there has to be no association with anyone who might take the credit.
One of the greatest enemies we have today is the same enemy that Israel had in their day, religion.
Took – Kal imperfect – laqach = to seize; to select.
A spiritual champion must be very careful with the people that he selects.
A good leader must know the weaknesses of those under him.
A good leader must know also their strengths.
No man, no woman can enter into positions of leadership with an authority problem.
God is even able to use Gideon’s fear to train him.
God can train us even by our failures or in the night seasons of our life, the dark times.
Stupidity, not low IQ but stupidity, has to learn everything by being hurt.
God the Holy Spirit records this fear because out of this fear comes wisdom.
Religion is intolerant, evil, uses violence, blows up abortion clinics, destroys private property, harasses citizens, etc.
God’s priority is that apostasy must be eliminated from the land before the Arabs.
The greatest risks in the will of God are the places of greatest safety in life.
Gideon was given the honorable title of Jerubbaal which means in the Hebrew, Baal is nothing.
1. Those who are closest to us are often our worst enemies.
2. Gideon had to overcome the negative influences of his parents, his neighbors, and his home town before he could defeat the Arabs.
Came upon – kal perfect – labash = to clothe.
He is called Lord or Kurios in the New Testament.
God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in 1CO 12:11.
He has omniscience in 1CO 2:10-11.
He is omnipotent in GEN 1:2.
He is everywhere present – omnipresent, PSA 139:7.
His Lordship is mentioned in 2CO 3:17.
A spiritual champion always sounds the alarm.
He remembers the promises.
1KI 8:56 Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people, according to all that He promised; not one word has failed of all his good promise.
They are valuable because they come from a God that cannot lie.
They are fantastic because they come from a God who only operates in perfection.
HEB 10:23b He who promised is faithful.
ROM 4:21 And being fully assured that what He had promised, He was able also to perform.
PSA 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.
MAR 9:23 And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible to him who believes.”
MAR 11:24 Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you.
Removal of obstacles is promised to those who have faith as a tiny grain of mustard seed.
JOH 6:35 “I am the bread of life, he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.”
PSA 30:5 Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.
PSA 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
PSA 41:3 The Lord will sustain him upon his sickbed; in his illness, thou dost restore him to health.
PSA 50:15 And call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.
PSA 138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will revive me; You will stretch forth thy hand against the wrath of my enemies, and thy right hand will deliver me.
ISA 43:2 When you pass through the water, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you, when you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you,
JOH 14:2 In My father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
We have the promise of all things working together for good for those loving God, ROM 8:28.
2CO 12:9 My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.
We have the promise of final deliverance from death which is really a promise of final deliverance from sorrow, crying, and pain, REV 21:4.
We have the promise to those that give liberally with no strings attached.
PSA 41:1 How happy is he who considers the helpless; the Lord will deliver him in a day of trouble!
LUK 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.
PSA 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves (delivers) those who are crushed in spirit.
Joel 2:13 Now return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in loving-kindness, and relenting of evil.
There is the promise of the uniform of glory for those who win souls, DAN 12:3.
MAR 9:41 For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.