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February 19, 2017

Sermon: Gideon: God’s Glory

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Scripture Lesson

Judges 7:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15:8-10

Gideon Surprises and Routs the Midianites
Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the troops that were with him rose early and encamped beside the spring of Harod; and the camp of Midian was north of them, below the hill of Moreh, in the valley. The Lord said to Gideon, ‘The troops with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand. Israel would only take the credit away from me, saying, “My own hand has delivered me.” Now therefore proclaim this in the hearing of the troops, “Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return home.” ’ Thus Gideon sifted them out; twenty-two thousand returned, and ten thousand remained. Then the Lord said to Gideon, ‘The troops are still too many; take them down to the water and I will sift them out for you there. When I say, “This one shall go with you”, he shall go with you; and when I say, “This one shall not go with you”, he shall not go.’ So he brought the troops down to the water; and the Lord said to Gideon, ‘All those who lap the water with their tongues, as a dog laps, you shall put to one side; all those who kneel down to drink, putting their hands to their mouths, you shall put to the other side.’ The number of those that lapped was three hundred; but all the rest of the troops knelt down to drink water. Then the Lord said to Gideon, ‘With the three hundred that lapped I will deliver you, and give the Midianites into your hand. Let all the others go to their homes.’ So he took the jars of the troops from their hands, and their trumpets; and he sent all the rest of Israel back to their own tents, but retained the three hundred. The camp of Midian was below him in the valley.

Last of all, as to someone untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Gideon: God’s Glory
Judges 7:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15:8-10

I. Introduction—Peanuts
II. Series: Gideon
III. Review
IV. Gideon answers the call (Jdg. 7:1-8)
     A. Gideon and 32,000 Israelites vs. 120,000 Midianites
     B. Too many (7:2)
     C. The first sifting (7:3; Deut. 20:8)
     D. The second sifting (7:5)
     E. Only 300 left (7:7)
     F. To glorify God (7:2)
V. Human vs. divine agency (1 Cor. 15:8-10)
     A. Context
     B. “One untimely born” (15:8)
     C. Human vs. divine agency (15:10)
VI. Getting practical
VII. Conclusion: Fanny Crosby (1820-1915),
“To God Be the Glory” (1875)


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