Sunday, November 01, 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
People often come to church when they find themselves in a critical point in their lives. Throughout Scripture people came to God and He revealed Himself to them. When Abraham offered Isaac, God revealed Himself as the Lord Who Provides. When Moses and the children of Israel found themselves at the bitter waters of Marah the Lord revealed Himself as the Lord Who Heals. When Moses and Joshua found themselves fighting the Amalekites, the Lord revealed Himself as the Lord Who is their Banner. In the midst of the Law, specifically when God was describing all of the horrible penalties for breaking the Law, the Lord revealed Himself as the Lord Who Sanctifies us.
Today we are going to be looking at the story of Gideon. Israel had entered the Promised Land. In doing so they became comfortable and stopped following after God. They did evil and began to serve false gods such as Baal. Consequently, God's chosen people became oppressed by the Midianites to the point they found themselves impoverished and hiding in caves.
It is within this critical context that the Angel of the Lord appears before Gideon, face to face and reveals Himself as Jehovah Shalom, the Lord Your Peace. He then instructs Gideon to destroy the source of their problem -- their shrines that represented their worship of Baal and to select 300 men of faith whom God would use to fight the armies of Midian and Amalek whose camels were without number, as the sand which is on the seashore in multitude.
Wigglesworth once said: "I'm not moved by what I see. I'm not moved by what I feel. I am moved by what I believe."
Jesus is Jehovah Shalom, the Lord Our Peace. Jesus is our Prince of Peace (is. 9:6). He will keep those in perfect peace, he whose heart is stayed upon Him (Is. 26:3). As New Covenant believers we are to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Mt. 6:33). The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17). With joy we can draw continuously from the well of our salvation (Is. 12:3). Praying in the Holy Spirit we can build ourselves up in our most holy faith (Jude 20).
In Christ we have a covenant of peace that God says the mountains and hills will be removed before He removes His covenant of peace from us (Is. 54:10). What assurance! What is more, we can walk in a much greater measure of grace and peace as we increase our knowledge of God (2 Pt. 1:2-4), and shod our feet with the Gospel of peace (Eph. 6:15), so that we may proclaim His peace, His salvation, and declare that our God reigns (Is. 52:7)!