If we look to Gideon as a hero for what he did in his early life, we miss the failure he became at the end. The only hero we should look to is Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. Destroy the idols of pride in your life and live for the glory of God.
Although Barak appeared to be a military success, he was a spiritual failure because he had a false view of God. Deborah had to remind Barak of God's command, and then had to usher him into battle. As a result, the glory went to someone else.
What false gods do you serve that get in the way of your serving the one true God?
The book of Judges presents the history of Israel, after their conquest of the Promised Land, as a downward spiral. Judges 1-2 points out that Israel failed spiritually because they failed to completely drive out all the inhabitants of the land, per God's command. In taking over the land but not settling it completely, they appeared outwardly to be a success but inwardly, spiritually, they were bankrupt.
To grow spiritually, we need to do all that God commands us. Our loyalty to him cannot be divided. We need to receive the grace he offers and live it out to the full.
Read more about Judges 1-2 here.
Jude interrupted his letter on salvation to warn against interruptions to the faith. He taught that God keeps us for himself, but only as we keep ourselves in God's love. Do not fall into deceit and trickery that says you can live a life of selfishness and self-indulgence. Keep yourself in God's love by building up your faith, praying in the Spirit, waiting patiently for the Lord's return, and showing mercy to others.
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