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(Judg 6:11)  And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. (Judg 6:12)  And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. (Judg 6:13)  And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord [adon; one in authority], if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, 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. (Judg 6:14)  And the LORD looked upon him [the Glory Light, the Great Light suddenly turned on], and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? (Judg 6:15)  And he said unto him, Oh my Lord [‘Adonay – supreme in authority], wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house. (Judg 6:16)  And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man. (Judg 6:17)  And he [Gideon] said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then show me a sign [miracle] that thou talkest with me.

1.       When we first meet Gideon, he was unsaved, walking by sight, and did not believe that the individual that “appeared unto him” in Judges 6:12 was an angel sent by God; therefore, he did not believe the message either. Although he repented, reconsidered – to think differently, in v.13 by inwardly examining the outward vocalization of his doubts in the light of his present circumstance, received salvation in v.14, evidenced that salvation in v.15, received the word of prophecy in v.16, he immediately thereafter expressed more doubt and asked for a visible sign of confirmation in v.17. Now a saved man, Gideon’s doubt was an articulation of the preponderance of unbelief that yet remained in his thoughts, indicative of his lack of faith, i.e. the “old man” walking by sight, the remaining unconverted part of his soul, the remaining natural man.


grace = Heb: graciousness, i.e. subj. (kindness, favor) or objective (beauty) /// to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior; to favor, bestow; to implore (i.e. move to favor by petition): beseech, (be) merciful, have (shew) mercy (on, upon), have pity upon, pray, make supplication, X very.

1.       (Gen 6:8)  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

2.       (Gen 19:19)  Behold now, thy servant [Lot, speaking of himself to the angel] hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast showed unto me in saving my life [from the fate of Sodom - the physical is symbolic of the spiritual]; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:

3.       (Judg 6:14)  And the LORD looked upon him… If I now have found grace in thy sight

4.       (Isa 9:2)  The people that walked in darkness [misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness] have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.


Having just been converted in v.14 “And the LORD looked upon him,” i.e. the Glory Light, the Great Light had been suddenly turned on, Gideon was now a new born babe in Christ, imputed for righteousness, a born-again Christian. His spiritual eyes had been opened and “great light” (Isa 9:2; Mat 4:16; Acts 22:6) had entered into him (Rom 12:1). The Christ-Seed (Mat 1:17) “was sown in his heart” (Mat 13:19) “which is the least of all seeds” (Mat 13:32). In Gideon’s case, the Christ-Seed would take “root” (Mat 13:21), and because “faith groweth exceedingly” (2 Th 1:3), we shall eventually observe in Judges chapter seven and then eight that Gideon’s faith would grow into a great “tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.” (Mat 13:32).

However, lest we unjustly judge him for his doubts, please note that at this present point in his life, Gideon, although truly saved, was actually incapable of fully believing (to have faith in) the LORD because he had newly received the “seed” of belief (faith) planted into the soil of his heart. Gideon was now at the very beginning of his metamorphosis from worm to butterfly, the very beginning of his transformation (growth) process (Rom 12:2). He was a new born babe in Christ, not yet possessing full growth, full maturity, full belief – the fullness of the Spirit.

Gideon continued therefore to walk by sight, following the pattern of his entire his past life; but now, he also walked with “the earnest” (2 Cor 1:22; 5:5; Eph 1:14) of the Holy Spirit, i.e. a deposit of the Holy Spirit, a little bit of faith, a little bit of inner Spiritual Light, “the measure of faith” (Rom 12:3), the Christ-Seed that is sown into every man at the moment of his salvation. And because Gideon was still walking almost exclusively by sight, he immediately said “then show me a sign that thou talkest with me.” He asked for a sign or miracle that would confirm the LORD’s presence, a sign that he could visibly “see and believe” (Mark 15:32; John 6:30 & John 20:25), a sign expressed in the visual language of sight (sign language – Why do people use sign language?) that his still dominant “old man” (Rom 6:6; Eph 4:22; Col 3:9) could readily perceive and understand; an application of the present day adage “Seeing is Believing.” Who then was asking for the sign - his “old man” walking by sight, or his “new man” walking by faith?


(Gen 32:24-32)  And Jacob [heel-catcher (i.e. supplanter) /// “and thou shalt bruise (overwhelm: cover) his heel” Gen 3:15] was left alone; and there wrestled a man [“angel” Hos 12:4] with him until the breaking of the day. And when he [the angel] saw that he prevailed not against him, he [the angel] touched the hollow [power] of his thigh; and the hollow [power] of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he [the angel] said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel [he will rule as God]: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. (Gen 32:29)  And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there [i.e. the first blessing, a type of “the earnest” of the Spirit]. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted [limped /// as if one-sided] upon his thigh. Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank [i.e. decreased], which is upon the hollow [power] of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow [power] of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank [decreased]. /// (Gen 33:1)  And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.

1.       (Hosea 12:2-4)  The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him [reward]. He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God: Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication [prayed, petitioned] unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us;

2.       “out of joint” to sever oneself, to be dislocated; fig. to abandon; to impale (and thus allow to drop to pieces by rotting): be alienated, depart, hang (up), be out of joint.

3.       shrank = Heb: in the sense of failure /// to forget.

4.       (John 3:30)  He must increase, but I must decrease.


(Gen 35:9-21)  And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him [i.e. the second blessing, a type of the fullness of the Spirit]. And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel. And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply [Gen 1:28; Gen 9:1]; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins [Rev 1:6; 5:10]; And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land. And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him. And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon. And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel [house of God]. And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath [fruitfulness; another name for Bethlehem]: and Rachel [a ewe: sheep] travailed, and she had hard labour. And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also. And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni [son of my sorrow]: but his father called him Benjamin [son of the right hand (i.e. the Christ Company of Mat 1:17)]. And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day. And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar. [The prayer of Jabez, “bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast” 1 Chr 4:10].