Gideon wanted to know for sure that the one who was standing in front of him was really an angel of the Lord. He wanted to be sure of the source of the words that were being spoken to him. So he decided to bring an offering, a meal, as a sacrifice. Gideon hurried home, killed and cooked a young goat, baked bread, packed it all in a basket, and brought it back to the angel of the Lord.
The meal Gideon prepared for the angel of the Lord was an offering, a sacrifice. The Midianites had stripped their land and reduced the Israelites to starvation.
This young goat and the baked bread weren’t from abundance, but from scarcity. It was food that Gideon needed for his own survival, food his flesh hungered for. Yet, this was the very thing Gideon chose to sacrifice to know for sure the truth, to discern the voice of God, the God of his ancestors.
When the angel touched the meat and fire flamed up from the rock and consumed the meal Gideon prepared, he was overwhelmed with the presence of the Lord, afraid he would die because he had seen an angel face to face.
God had Gideon’s full attention!
Gideon now believed it was really God who was speaking to him. And so God spoke to Gideon from heaven and reassured him that he wouldn’t die. God’s words brought comfort and hope to Gideon.
The God Gideon heard about from his fathers, the Almighty God who brought his people out of Egypt with signs and miracles, was now talking to him!
The God Gideon thought had forsaken him, the God he doubted even cared about him, was actually speaking to him! To him, the least of the least. God was speaking to him, personally, face to face!
An offering out of scarcity will bring immense revelation and produce a great harvest!
Gideon was undone!
He was brought to his knees!
He was moved to worship!
Gideon built an altar to the Lord and named it Yahweh-Shalom, which means…
“The Lord is Peace.”
Gideon, who hours before was alone, and afraid in his “whinepress” from the oppression of his enemies and striving to satisfy his needs, was now bowing down before the Lord of Peace!
Gideon’s circumstances didn’t change immediately. It was still true that his enemies were oppressing him. He was still without food. He was still of the weakest clan, and the least in his family, but
The fire of God consumed Gideon’s sacrifice…
It consumed Gideon’s fear.
It consumed his striving.
It consumed his insecurity.
Gideon’s true was exchanged with God’s truth…
God was with him!
God talked to him!
God was for him!
Gideon was set free!
Gideon had a new perspective!
We can draw confidence from Gideon to bring our fears, striving, insecurities, and our true, to God as a sacrifice, and allow His Fire to consume all that is not of Him.
As we have just celebrated the death and resurrection of Jesus I’m reminded that we have an advantage that Gideon didn’t have…we live on this side of the Cross!
God sent His Son, Jesus, as the Perfect Sacrifice!
Jesus’ love for you demonstrated by surrendering His will to the will of His Father was the ultimate sacrifice! Jesus’ death on the cross consumed all the scarcity the enemy brought into your life because of sin. The shed blood of Jesus paid the price for all the fear, striving, and insecurities that sent you into hiding. Your cloak of guilt and shame has been removed, and you have been wrapped in a robe of righteousness!
This is the truth! – The resurrection of Jesus brought you freedom, victory, and everlasting life!
As a beloved child of God, you are not meant to thresh wheat in a “whinepress.”
As a beloved child of God you’re not meant to hide in fear, live in scarcity, or feel insecure.
So if your true finds you there…remember the truth…
God’s love for you is unconditional and it compels Him to come to you even while in your “whinepress,” bringing words of comfort, peace, and hope.
God comes with a personal word just for you. He wants to talk with you to let you know that He is with you, that He loves you, and that He is for you!
So, get up out of your “winepress,” and prepare Him a sacrifice…
When you choose to offer God a sacrifice out of your scarcity He will consume it with His consuming Fire.
He will consume your true that says, “God has forsaken me.” “If God was with me, He would answer my prayer.”
He will consume your true that says, “I don’t have enough.” “I need to take care of myself.”
He will consume your true that says, “I”m not worth anything.” “I’m not good enough.”
No matter what your true is, God wants you to offer it to Him as a sacrifice and allow Him to consume it and to replace it with His truth…
“For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33
“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
“Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29