October 14, 2018

Judge Gideon

"Judge Gideon"

Judges 6:1 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD , and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites.

After the events detailed in the account of Deborah, there was peace in the land for forty years. When the Israelites returned to worshiping Canaanite idols, God allowed the Midianites to oppress them. The Midianites were particularly brutal, allying themselves with the Moabites, Amalekites and "other eastern peoples", they started a campaign to starve the Israelites off of the land. During this time, the descendants of Jacob are having to shelter in the clefts and caves of the mountains while the Midianites burn their crops and slaughter their animals. The bible likens the Midianites with their tents and camels "like swarms of locusts."

The Midianites were the descendants of Midian, a son of Abraham with his second wife Keturah (Genesis 25.) Ishmaelites would be from Ishmael, also a son of Abraham, but the names are used interchangeably; in Genesis when Joseph's brothers sell him into captivity and in Judges after Gideon defeats them.



Judges 8:33-35 33. No sooner had Gideon died than the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals. They set up Baal-Berith as their god and 34. did not remember the LORD their God, who had rescued them from the hands of all their enemies on every side. 35. They also failed to show kindness to the family of Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) for all the good things he had done for them.

Baal-Berith ironically means "lord of the covenant".