Tear down your father’s idol

Judges Bible Background

04.01.2017 – Old Testament: Jdg 6.25–27

To read the Bible in a year, read Judges 6–7 on April 1, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Gideon worshiped the one true and living God, but that does not mean his parents did, for the Bible shows one of the first things the Lord wanted Gideon to do, destroy his father’s idol,

Now it came to pass the same night that the LORD said to him, “Take your father’s young bull, the second bull of seven years old, and tear down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the wooden image that is beside it; and build an altar to the LORD your God on top of this rock in the proper arrangement, and take the second bull and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the image which you shall cut down.” So Gideon took ten men from among his servants and did as the LORD had said to him. But because he feared his father’s household and the men of the city too much to do it by day, he did it by night (Judges 6.25–27). 

So began the famous work of Gideon. He had to start at home before he could lead the nation into righteousness and in battle against its enemies. Gideon began working in secret, but he grew bolder until everyone knew of his work.


  • Where do you need to start in your work for the Lord?
  • Have you delayed?
  • If so, why?

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