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(Judg 6:11)  And there came an angel of the LORD [i.e. the Word of God], and sat under an oak [tree – a type of the cross] which was in Ophrah [a female fawn – a type of Mary], that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.

1.       The Abiezrites were the highest ranking family of the tribe of Manasseh (Josh 17:2). Circumstantial evidence suggests that Gideon was the eldest son of Joash, i.e. the firstborn. The once proud Abiezrites were now completely humiliated (humbled) by the overwhelming oppression of the Midianite host; even the most mighty man of the Abiezrites, Gideon, was compelled to thresh wheat in a low place to hide it from the Midianites. When the children of Israel finally arrived at their lowest point, typified by Gideon himself threshing the wheat rather than his servants (lesser than his servants), the LORD sent a prophet unto them preaching the baptism of repentance (reversal: to think differently, to reconsider) for the remission (forgiveness) of sins, to prepare the way of the LORD.

2.       “threshed wheat” = separating the wheat from the chaff, prophetically  - the good from the bad.

3.       “by the winepress” = Gk: (in the sense of treading out grapes); a wine-press (or vat for holding the grapes in pressing them). [located in a low place]

4.       (1 Pet 5:5-7) Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

5.       humility = Gk: humiliation of mind, modesty: humbleness of mind, humility (of mind), lowliness (of mind) /// depressed, i.e. (fig.) humiliated (in circumstances or disposition): base, cast down, humble, of low degree (estate), lowly.




(Judg 6:12)  And the angel [messenger] of the LORD appeared unto him [bodily, rather than spoke to him as a disembodied voice. Why?], and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour [a force; virtue, strength: power, worthy].

1.       (Rom 10:14,15)  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear [understand] without a preacher [to herald (as a public crier), espec. divine truth (the gospel)]? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written [Isa 52:7], How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! [“of them that evangelize, evangelize, peace, evangelize, evangelize, evangelize of good things.”].



(Judg 6:13)  And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us [disbelief – he did not accept the messenger’s statement as truth], why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of [written in Torah, the five books of Moses], saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.

1.       “Oh my Lord” = ‘adon; 113. master – one in authority.

2.       Gideon’s first response, parallels Simon Peter’s disbelieving and disobedient first response to Jesus in Luke 5:5.

3.       “hath forsaken us, and delivered us” = The latter part of this verse is a declaration of disbelief directly contrary to then existing written Scripture (Gen 28:15; Deut 4:30,31; 31:6,8). Just as the vast majority of people today, Gideon was walking by sight; however, he did not believe the written manifestation of God that was set before his/their eyes (i.e. the written Scripture – then the Torah, and now the complete Bible). Therefore, if they continue in their disbelief, having been given the witness of the written manifestation of God, “they are without excuse” (Rom 1:19,20).




(Judg 6:14)  And the LORD [Jehovah] looked upon him [LOOKED UPON HIM], and said, Go in this thy might [What might?], and thou shalt save Israel [he will rule as God - the saved] from the hand of the Midianites [brawling, contentious, discord, strife – the unsaved]: have not I sent thee [God’s first affirmation]? (Judg 6:15)  And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith [how] shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor [poor physically (materially), and poor in spirit] in Manasseh, and I am the least [(in value) ignoble] in my father's house. (Judg 6:16)  And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee [God’s second affirmation], and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.

1.       “looked upon him” = Heb: to turn; to face: come on, dawning, prepare, regard, (have) respect (to).

2.       The Glory Light suddenly turned on – ref. “when he came to himself” Luke 15:17, which experience correlates with the after-the-fact descriptions “in his right mind” of Mark 5:15; Luke 8:35.

3.       “Oh my Lord” = 'Adonay; 136. an emphatic form of H113 [‘adon – one in authority]; the Lord (used as a proper name of God only) [i.e. supreme in authority].

4.       Gideon’s second response (he reconsidered) manifests the firstfruit of repentance (Mat 3:8), i.e. reversal: to think differently, to reconsider - exactly as did Simon Peter’s second response (he also reconsidered) in Luke 5:8. Because both Gideon and Simon Peter manifested a reversal of opinion, reconsidered - that is, they manifested a specifically recorded oppositional difference in thought, from not knowing and not acknowledging God as supreme in authority, to knowing and acknowledging God as supreme in authority, we may safely conclude that both have now become true believers. Romans 10:9 says: “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord” [supreme in authority]. Both did exactly that. 

5.       (Mat 3:7,8)  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

6.        “go” = (Mark 16:15)  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world [kosmos; cosmos, universe], and preach the gospel to every creature. [“I hear a sound…” delivered 10-05-03, a preface to Gideon]

7.       “save” = Heb: to be open, wide or free, to be safe: deliver (-er), preserve, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save (-iour), get victory.

8.       “have I not sent thee?” = (Mark 6:48)  And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them [opposite; antagonistic: against /// in front of, before]: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.

9.       The new birth is the uppermost metaphor of this entire event of sending the ship containing the disciples to the other side. It is a metaphor for justification and thereafter for the process of sanctification (Rom 12:1,2). The ship itself is also a graphic metaphor for the church – as well as a long list of other biblical types of “hedges” (Job 1:10).

10.   (Rev 12:4,5)  And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman [i.e. the church] which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child [huios, i.e. a mature son], who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron [i.e. the fullness of the Holy Spirit in judgement]: and her child was caught up [harpazo; (1 Thess 4:17)] unto God, and to his throne.

11.   toiling in rowing” = Gk: to torture: pain, toil, torment, toss, vex /// (through the notion of going to the bottom); a touch-stone, i.e. (by anal.) torture: torment.

12.   touch-stone = Dict: 1. a black siliceous stone [flint] used to test the purity of gold or silver by the color of the streak produced on it by rubbing it with the metals. 2. any test or criterion for the qualities of a thing.

13.   (Zec 13:8,9)  And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts [two thirds] therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them [to fuse (metal), refine: founder, goldsmith, melt, pure, purge away, try] as silver is refined, and will try them [test: examine] as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

14.   (Dan 12:3)  And they that be wise shall shine [gleam: to enlighten: teach, (give) warn (ing)] as the brightness [brilliancy] of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness [i.e. to salvation] as the stars for ever and ever. [Who are “they”?]