Description: Gideon goes from doing things in the Lord’s strength to doing things in his own strength and in that decline we see the rise of sinful leadership and wicked idolatry. It’s a journey from godly legacy to idolatrous tyrant that leaves us checking our own hearts and thanking God for the final Judge sent for the deliverance of God’s people, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Description: Sometimes God sends a trial into our lives to loosen our grasp on something that we were holding on to tighter than Christ. In the case of the Israelites, they saw strength in their numbers as they prepared to battle the Midianites and Amalekites. In order to prevent them from glorifying themselves, God drastically shrinks their numbers until their victory is impossible and that’s exactly where God wants them.
Description: In these verses Peter gives the climax of his urgent warning and strengthening of the church against the terrible persecution, already under way, but soon to issue in the death of countless numbers of the faithful. Although Peter primarily had in mind the prophetic destruction of Jerusalem, it should never be overlooked that the event itself was a type of the ultimate judgment of the Second Coming, giving all of the apostle’s teaching here a spiritual application for all generations to come.
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