Do not fight a man who works for the Lord

Judges Bible Background

04.02.2015 Old Testament: Jdg 8.13–17

To read the Bible in a year, read Judges 8–9 on April 2, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

The Lord chose Gideon to lead an army to fight the Midianites, but not all Israelites accepted Gideon’s appointment,

Then Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle, from the Ascent of Heres. And he caught a young man of the men of Succoth and interrogated him; and he wrote down for him the leaders of Succoth and its elders, seventy-seven men. Then he came to the men of Succoth and said, “Here are Zebah and Zalmunna, about whom you ridiculed me, saying, ‘Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in your hand, that we should give bread to your weary men?’” And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth. Then he tore down the tower of Penuel and killed the men of the city (Judges 8.13–17). 

When Gideon needed help and support, the people of Succoth did not give it, although victory for Gideon meant victory for them. A true man of God does not work for himself, but for God’s people. Therefore, we ought to support such men, giving them whatever they need for the spiritual battles they fight.

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