Gideon: The Man From the Margins

Sermon from CCM:Kingsway

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This sermon was preached by Andy Brownlee at the CCM Kingsway site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 16th May 2021.

SERIES

 

This message was part of the ‘SERIES NAME’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Burnage in EARLY/MID/LATE YEAR. The full series included the following sermons:

BIBLE VERSES

This sermon was based on Judges 6:11-24.

11The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

13“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”

14The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

15“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

16The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”

17Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. 18Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.”

And the Lord said, “I will wait until you return.”

19Gideon went inside, prepared a young goat, and from an ephah of flour he made bread without yeast. Putting the meat in a basket and its broth in a pot, he brought them out and offered them to him under the oak.

20The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And Gideon did so. 21Then the angel of the Lord touched the meat and the unleavened bread with the tip of the staff that was in his hand. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the Lord disappeared. 22When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he exclaimed, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!”

23But the Lord said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.”

24So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord Is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

KEY POINTS

Gideon’s Call

  • God call’s Gideon to save his people from the Midianites. This is often how God operates. Rather than directly intervene in situations he more often calls someone to step up and do the job he wants done.
  • Perhaps you’ve experienced a sense of God calling you to do something – it might be a big thing like a particular career, or a small thing like asking someone how they are!
  • So, God call’s Gideon and he still calls us too, we have to listen and obey.

Gideon’s Unsuitability

  • Gideon seems like the last person in the world that should have been considered for this calling.
  • God doesn’t just see what someone is but he sees what they could become.
  • Another reason why God often calls unsuitable people by the world’s standards is because people who know they are weak and unsuitable tend not to rely on themselves but rather rely on God. When they succeed they tend not to take the glory themselves but instead give it to God. 

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