Bible Stories for Adults

God Chooses Gideon

Judges 6-7

Welcome and Announcements
    Next Week - God Blesses Ruth (Ruth 1-4)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      If God is for us, who can against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all - how will He also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31-32

Opening Prayer

The Promised Land (Judges 1:27-2:5)
    What did God command of Israel before they crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land?
      Numbers 33:51-53
    Why was it important for Israel to drive out all the inhabitants of the land?
      Numbers 33:55-56

    Were the Israelites able to conquer the entire territory under Joshua's leadership?
      Joshua 13:1
    What did Joshua tell the Israelites about these unconquered peoples before he died?
      Joshua 23:9-13

    Did Israel heed Joshua's warning and continue to drive out the remaining peoples?
      Judges 1:28 (27-36)
    How does this set the stage for the stories of the Judges?
      Judges 2:1-5

Faithfulness (Judges 2:7-13)
    What were Joshua's last words to the Israelites before sending them home?
      Joshua 24:14-15
    How did the Israelites respond to Joshua's call?
      Joshua 24:24
    How faithful did the Israelites remain?
      Judges 2:7, 10-13
    Why did the Israelites continue to fall from God?
      Judges 3:5-6

Judges (Judges 2)
    How did God handle this?
      Judges 2:14-15
    How did God respond to Israel's cries?
      Judges 2:16, 18
    Did the judges have a lasting effect on Israel's faithfulness?
      Judges 2:19
    What did God decide as a result of this response?
      Judges 2:20-22

The Cycle of the Book of Judges
    Sin - Judgment - Grace Cycle
    Alphabet Cycle:
      Cry Out

Leadership (Judges 21:25)
    What kind of leadership did Israel have after Joshua?
      Judges 21:25
    What was the Israelites' opinion of a king?
      Judges 8:22-23
    How tight was the confederacy between tribes?
      Judges 1:3 (1:17, 6:35, 20:1)
      Judges 20:35 (5:17, 8:1, 12:1)

Enemies (Judges 2:11-14)
    Who were Israel's enemies?
    What was Baal?
      1 Kings 14:23-24
    Who were the judges?
      Exodus 18
      Hebrews 11:32-34

Midianites (Judges 6:1-6)
    Who was Israel's oppressor in Judges 6?
      Judges 6:1-2
    What led to the battle 200 years earlier when the Israelites defeated this people?
      Numbers 22:2-4a (31:7)
    How did this group of people now oppress the Israelites?
      Judges 6:3-6
    Did the Israelites know why this was happening?
      Judges 6:7-10

Gideon (Judges 6:11-24)
    Who did God raise up to save Israel from the Midianites and how was His call accepted?
      Judges 6:12, 14-15
    What had Gideon been doing when this angel came to him?
      Judges 6:11
    How did God tell Gideon that he had all the power and might he needed?
      Judges 6:16
    Did this satisfy Gideon?
      Judges 6:17
    What sign was he given?
      Judges 6:19-21
    Did this convince Gideon that this visitor really was from God?
      Judges 6:22-24

Jerub-Baal (Judges 6:25-32)
    How did God test Gideon's faithfulness to his calling?
      Judges 6:25-26
    How did Gideon respond to this risky command?
      Judges 6:27
    How did the town react when they saw what had happened the next morning?
      Judges 6:28-30
    How was Gideon protected and what nickname was he given?
      Judges 6:31-32

Another Sign (Judges 6:33-40)
    How was this town enemy able to round up an army to fight the Midianites?
      Judges 6:33-35
    How did Gideon show his weak faith and how did God respond?
      Judges 6:36-38
    Did this satisfy Gideon that God was with him?
      Judges 6:39-40

The Right Stuff (Judges 7:1-8)
    Why did God reduce Gideon's army from 32,000 to 10,000?
      Judges 7:1-3
    Would this remaining 10,000 be enough to defeat the Midianites?
      Judges 7:4
    How were the troops further weeded down and to how many?
      Judges 7:5-8
    Were only 300 chosen because there weren't very many Midianites to defeat?
      Judges 7:12

One More Sign (Judges 7:9-15)
    Did Gideon ask for another sign from God when it came time to fight the Midianites?
      Judges 7:9-11
    How long did Gideon have to spend in the camp to learn what they were saying?
      Judges 7:13
    What did the Midianite's friend believe this dream meant?
      Judges 7:14
    How did Gideon respond to this sign?
      Judges 7:15

The Attack (Judges 7:16-25)
    What was Gideon's attack plan?
      Judges 7:16-18
    Did the 300 men follow this strange plan?
      Judges 7:19-21
    How could just making some noise at midnight result in defeating the Midianites?
      Judges 7:22-25

Our Christian Attack (Romans 8:31-32)
    Who are the Midianites that we Christians are to conquer?
      Ephesians 6:10-13
    Gideon attacked at midnight, when darkness reigns. What hour did God attack with Christ?
      Luke 22:53

    What torch do we Christians have to light up this darkness?
      2 Corinthians 4:4
    What jars of clay is this light carried in?
      2 Corinthians 4:6-7, 10

    When will this light within our jars of clay be fully revealed?
      1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 47, 49
    When will God's trumpets be sounded?
      Matthew 24:30-31
    How will the results of God's final battle be similar to His battle against the Midianites?
      Revelation 20:7-9
    What lesson should we learn from Gideon as we fight our daily battles?
      Romans 8:31-32

Closing Prayer

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