Why the gods of the earth are dead and false 

Old Testament: Jdg 6.31–32

To read the Bible in a year, read Judges 6–7 on April 1, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

Gideon tore down the altar of Baal and the wooden image that sat beside it. People did not know that he had done it, but they wanted to know. They found out that Gideon had done it and they wanted to execute him, but the Bible shows that his father stood up for him: 

But Joash said to all who stood against him, “Would you plead for Baal? Would you save him? Let the one who would plead for him be put to death by morning! If he is a god, let him plead for himself, because his altar has been torn down!” Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, “Let Baal plead against him, because he has torn down his altar.”

– Judges 6.31–32 

Apparently, Baal did not send anyone to contend with Gideon because Baal was a false god, not actually anything other than an image that men had carved. 

If Baal had been a true god, he would have sent someone to take vengeance on Gideon and to rebuild the altar, but no action ever took place. 


  • What was Gideon’s other name? 
  • Why did Gideon tear down the altar of Baal? 

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