11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” 13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lordis with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” 14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” 15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” 16 The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
- What do you think you need to believe about your relationship to God?
- What stands out to you in this passage? Does anything surprise you?
- In what ways can you relate to Gideon?
- Do you think Gideon has sound reasoning?
- What does this passage say to you about God?
- Why did the angel of the Lord have to encourage Gideon and express His support?
- Do we need to be prepared to support the people we invite to church or to know Jesus?
- Do people ever need to be encouraged to open up and recognize their own need to love God?