This post is Day 10 in a series of studies about “Gideon”, I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Gideon – Day 10
Gideon went into his house and prepared a young goat and unleavened bread made with 18 quarts of flour. He put the meat in a basket and the broth in a pot. Then he went out and presented them to the Messenger of the Lord under the oak tree.
Gideon said to him, “If you find me acceptable, give me a sign that it is really you speaking to me. Don’t leave until I come back. I want to bring my gift and set it in front of you.” “I will stay until you come back,” he said.
Then Gideon went into his house and prepared a young goat and unleavened bread made with 18 quarts of flour. He put the meat in a basket and the broth in a pot. Then he went out and presented them to the Messenger of the Lord under the oak tree.
What do you think of this conversation? It always leaves me with many questions…
Was Gideon trying to be the good host? Jewish custom is and has always been to offer food to guests.
Wasn’t it audacious of Gideon to ask the Creator of the universe to wait?
Didn’t God have more important things to do than sit and wait for a meal to be cooked?
Couldn’t Gideon have made a quick snack rather than making his guest wait? How long do you suppose it took to prepare a goat and cook it?
The angel of the Lord’s reaction to the offering of food thing must have really scared Gideon. The angel stretched out his staff and set fire to the meal (verse 21)! That really confirmed to Gideon the identity of this surprise guest who then disappeared! But the conversation continued! See tomorrow…
If you were to offer a meal to God or an angel, what would you prepare?
God is so much more patient than many of us think. He waits for years until some of us are ready to recognise Him.
Once we have recognised Him there is much He calls us to do.
Ask yourself today if God is waiting for you to do anything for Him.
What would you like to do for Him?