April 2: Judges 8-9
22 Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us, you and your son and your grandson also, for you have saved us from the hand of Midian.” 23 Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you; the Lord will rule over you.” 24 And Gideon said to them, “Let me make a request of you: every one of you give me the earrings from his spoil.” (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.) 25 And they answered, “We will willingly give them.” And they spread a cloak, and every man threw in it the earrings of his spoil. 26 And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was 1,700 shekels of gold, besides the crescent ornaments and the pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings of Midian, and besides the collars that were around the necks of their camels. 27 And Gideon made an ephod of it and put it in his city, in Ophrah. And all Israel whored after it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and to his family. 28 So Midian was subdued before the people of Israel, and they raised their heads no more. And the land had rest forty years in the days of Gideon.
Judges 8:22-28, English Standard Version
The Golden Ephod
What a sad commentary at the end of Gideon's life--and yet are we really so very different?
Gideon had been used mightily by the Lord to win a great victory over the Midianites, and yet before the spoils of victory had even been distributed Gideon collected gold from the people and made a golden ephod. Look at verse 27:
27 And Gideon made an ephod of it and put it in his city, in Ophrah. And all Israel whored after it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and to his family.
We are not like that, are we? Think back on your life; often after some of the greatest spiritual victories, our life seems to tailspin out of control. How quickly we forget the God we love; how quickly we run to everything and everyone else for help instead of pouring out our heart and soul before God.
Like Gideon, it is easier to trust in the things we can see and touch around us, rather than God. At what point do these things become snares to us just as the golden epod became a snare to Gideon and the Israelites?
That would be a good thing to ponder as you go about the duties of this day. Pray that God would be gracious to you, and give you a spirit totally devoted to Him.
God Bless You,