GIDEON

Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you; the Lord will rule over you.”

Judges 8:23

Gideon, a young man who believed in God and did not allow his shortcomings to stop him; he became strong in God and moved forward thus becoming a TRUE HERO!

The name Gideon means “Destroyer or Mighty Warrior.” He was a farmer called by an angel of God to save the people of Israel from the Midianite invasion.  Gideon said that he was the youngest in his family and that his was the weakest family of the tribes of Manasseh.  The angel asked him to demolish the altar to Baal. That same night Gideon obeyed and demolished the altar with the help of ten servants.  The following day the people tried to kill him. His father said: “if he be a god, let him plead for himself.” For that reason he gave Gideon another name: “Jerobbaal,” which means “Let Baal plead against him.” Then God called him to gather an army and attack the large Midianite army.  The sign of the fleece, the defeat of the Midianites in the hands of only three hundred soldiers picked by God and who used pitchers and lamps, and Gideon’s refusal to rule (the first attempt at constituting a monarchy that shows up in Hebrew history), are parts of the history of this just judge of Israel.

QUALITIES: Mighty man of valor, Humble, Faithful.