Pulling Down Strongholds (Part 2)
by Sophia Prinsloo
with Barbara Wilmerton Haas
Text Version | Afrikaans
A Bible Story About Gideon
(Continued from Part 1)
"Ouch!" Chester yelled. "Leave me alone!"
Elton pulled his brother's hair while Chester was playing a video game. "It is my turn now! Give it to me!" Elton demanded.
"No, it is mine!" Chester insisted as he shoved Elton away forcefully, causing him to hit his head against the wall.
Before Elton could get back at his brother, their mother appeared in the doorway. "What is this racket all about?" she asked.
Both boys began talking at the same time, but Mom silenced them. "I know what this is all about. It is about that idol!"
The boys frowned. "What idol, Mom? We don't have any idols."
"Of course you have. Look, Chester is holding it in his hand at this very moment."
They both looked at the video game in Chester's hand while Mom explained, "You love that video game more than you love each other, and it is making you treat each other badly. It is causing you to sin against God. What are you two going to do about it?"
Gideon had an eventful day......threshing wheat in a grape press,...having an encounter with the Angel of the Lord,...witnessing the miracle of the consuming fire,...and then building the Altar of Peace with the Lord.
That same night, while worshipping and praying to the Lord, Gideon asked the Lord to give him wisdom to know how to save Israel from their enemies. But, first, the Lord wanted to test Gideon to see how serious he was about obeying and trusting Him instead of his family's idols, so He spoke to him and gave him four things to do.
God told Gideon, "FIRST, take the best bull of your father Joaz. It is the second bull that is seven years old. Go up to the stronghold on the hill where the people worship their idols, hitch the bull to your family's altar of Baal and pull it down.
"SECOND, cut down the wooden idol of Asherah that is standing next to the altar of Baal.
"THIRD, build an altar to Me, the Lord, on top of that stronghold using uncut stones, but be sure to lay them down carefully in the proper order.
"FOURTH, sacrifice the ox as a burnt offering to Me, the Lord, using the wood from the chopped down, wooden idol to build the fire."
Gideon knew in his heart he had to get rid of all the idols in his family if the Lord was to save them from their enemies, so he immediately obeyed. He rounded up ten of their family's servants and told them what they were going to do.
"But, sir," one of the servants complained, "are you sure that is what we must do? You know there could be serious consequences if we touch the altar of Baal and the idol Asherah. The members of your family and the people of the city may try to stop us. They may even attack and kill us for trying to destroy these abominations!"
"I am sure that is what the Lord told me to do!" Gideon said firmly. "I know the risks we are facing, but we must obey God. That is why we are going to do it tonight while everyone is sleeping. Go, find that ox and its yoke! Get the rope and don't forget the axe! Let us go!"
As quietly as they could, Gideon and the servants took the ox with its yoke, the rope and the axe, and went up the hill. Reaching the top of the hill, they tied the rope tightly to the altar of Baal, hitching the other end of the rope to the yoke on the ox.
"PULL….PULL!" Gideon commanded.
Slowly the altar of Baal began toppling over and then, suddenly, it came crashing down to the ground, shattering into bits and pieces. Praise the Lord, task number one was complete!
"Bring me the axe!" Gideon ordered. Gideon chopped down the wooden idol of Asherah until it came crashing down too. Then the servants took turns chopping it into smaller pieces to build the fire for the Lord's sacrifice. Praise the Lord, task number two was complete!
"Now we must build an altar for the Lord!" Gideon told his servants. "Take care to use only uncut stones according to God's law and build it in the proper order." They took the best and the biggest uncut stones they could find and, stone by stone, they built the altar to the Lord on top of the stronghold. Praise the Lord, task number three was complete!
Then in the early hours of the morning, just before dawn — while it was still dark — Gideon and his servants sacrificed the bull on the altar they had built to the Lord. Praise the Lord, task number four was complete!
The light of the fire from the sacrifice could be seen for miles around, and the sweet smell of smoke filled the air, but not one person from Gideon's family or from the city noticed what was going on, because they were all still sleeping.
Or were they???
Happy they had done what the Lord commanded, Gideon and his servants quietly slipped back into their homes, thinking no one knew what they had secretly done in the dark. Gideon was a bit anxious, because he wondered what would happen when everything they had done was discovered, but he trusted the Lord to take care of everything.
As Gideon reached his house, he found his father waiting at the door for him.
"Son, where have you been and what has happened to my prize ox?" he asked with a note of anger in his voice.
Gideon knew it was now time to confess what he had done. He told his dad everything, starting with the Angel of the Lord commanding him to save Israel, then the fire miracle and the altar of Peace with the Lord and, last of all, he told him all about destroying the altar of Baal and the idol of Asherah. Then, wondering what his dad would say, Gideon also told him about the altar he had built to the Lord their God and how he had sacrificed his dad's prize ox on it.
Joaz was shocked, to say the least, but after a few moments of thought, he said, "Son, I was going to scold you for putting our family's lives at risk and for killing my prize ox, but this is from the Lord. It is all his doing! I am overjoyed that the Lord, the Almighty, the God of Israel, is finally going to save us from the Midianites and, of all people, He has chosen my son as his vessel. I am on your side, my son. Do not fear. Be brave for the Lord is with you!"
As dawn was breaking and the embers from the fire of Gideon's sacrifice were still smouldering, someone discovered that the altar of Baal had been knocked down and broken in pieces. Not only that but the idol beside it was missing, with a new altar built in its place that had the remains of the sacrifice still on it.
The one who made the discovery ran towards the city, alarming all the people, yelling at the top of his lungs, "Help! Someone has attacked our way of life! Our altar of Baal lies SHATTERED! Our idol of Asherah is GONE! Someone built an altar for the Lord on top of the stronghold and sacrificed a bull! We must avenge Baal and Asherah before they become angry with us and destroy us!"
Everyone was upset and demanded, "Who did this? Who is the culprit?"
Spies went out an enquired everywhere until eventually the truth came out. "It was Gideon, the son of Joaz!"
By this time, an angry crowd had gathered at Gideon's father's house. "Bring out your son!" they shouted to Joaz. "He must die for insulting the altar of Baal and for cutting down the Asherah idol!"
Encouraged by his son's bravery, Joaz shouted back to them, "Does Baal really need your help? Do you really want to fight for him? Those who want to fight for him will be killed this very morning! If Baal is really a god, then let him take care of himself and destroy the one who tore down his idol!"
The anger of the people subsided as they pondered Joaz's answer, realizing he was speaking the truth. One by one they went back to their own homes, having second thoughts about the power of Baal.
The news of Gideon's deed spread throughout the whole land of Israel and, from then on, Gideon was called "Jerubbaal," a nickname meaning, "Let Baal fight for himself because he had pulled down his altar!"
(Continued in Part 3)
Anything we love more than God, and put our trust in, is an idol and causes us to sin against God.
1. Who was Gideon's father?
2. What did Gideon use the ox for?
3. What did Gideon use the axe for?
4. How many servants helped him?
5. Why did Gideon do it at night?
6. Who stood up for Gideon against the people?
7. What nickname was given to Gideon?
8. Do you have an idol in your life? How are you going to tear it down?
9. Will you place God first in your life no matter what?
A VERSE TO LEARN
"We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29).
Heavenly Father, please forgive us for loving people
and things more than You. Help us to love others,
but to love You even more. Teach us to trust You
and be obedient to your Word. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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