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The Book of Judges Part 7

The Book of Judges Part 7

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We have seen through out this book that the Book of Judges is like a Manuel for Spiritual Warfare.

Ephraim as you should know by now, represents the gentiles who came into Israel through faith in Y’shua the Messiah. They asked Gideon why they were excluded from the battle and why they were not chosen. This is a true representation of what is happening in the Body of Messiah today; people are envious of other people’s Anointing and they want to be in the limelight and be part of the action.
We have seen through out this book that the Book of Judges is like a Manuel for Spiritual Warfare.

Ephraim as you should know by now, represents the gentiles who came into Israel through faith in Y’shua the Messiah. They asked Gideon why they were excluded from the battle and why they were not chosen. This is a true representation of what is happening in the Body of Messiah today; people are envious of other people’s Anointing and they want to be in the limelight and be part of the action.

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 We have seen through out this book that the Book ofJudges is like a Manuel for Spiritual Warfare. 
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Ephraim as you should know by now, represents thegentiles who came into Israel through faith in Y’shua theMessiah. They asked Gideon why they were excluded fromthe battle and why they were not chosen. This is a truerepresentation of what is happening in the Body of Messiahtoday; people are envious of other people’s Anointing andthey want to be in the limelight and be part of the action.Gideon and his men went through a lot of pruning and they were tested by YHVHand found worthy of the task because they had certain criteria and experience theothers did not have. As you can remember; the first pruning took place where thepeople chose not to fight because of fear. 32 000 reduced to 10 000. Those who fearwere not worthy of being part of YHVH’s army. The second round of pruning tookplace where YHVH asked them to drink and He chose 300 from the 10 000. YHVHqualified each man on how they drank water (consume the Word) and thisdisqualified another 9 700 because they did not bear their own fruit. As you can see,fear is the biggest problem in fighting for YHVH, and it is normally the fear of man;what will the people say and think of me? I belief that these men that accusedGideon in Chapter 8 fell out on the second round, those who ride on other’srelationship with YHVH. Only YHVH can see inside of man and only He knows whohas the right relationship and the strength in His Word to stand for Him in battle.If your relationship is right with YHVH you will not have a problem with your brother’sanointing and be envious of the task YHVH gave him. People who have a ‘shallow’relationship with YHVH will easily be envious of people who operate in the Gifts ofthe Spirit and will cause problems in the Assembly. They will speak against YHVH’sanointed people and cause disputes. This will classify them as being like the enemy(Median) and they are moving on dangerous ground and will be removed by YHVH.Don not be envious of your brother or sister if they are being used by YHVH, look atyour own life and focus on your relationship with YHVH and in due time, YHVH willelevate you and use you mightily. Hang on to the fruit of patience and do not covetthe anointing of others. This is where you have to ask YHVH for the fruit of the Spiritso that you can be safe while you grow up spiritually. Your job now is to growspiritually and focus on your relationship with YHVH and to learn His Word and togain wisdom, not to lead! Humility is the key to a good intimate relationship with Him,not pride and envy.
 
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Gideon answered them and said it is better to glean the grapes or gather them afterthe reapers than to have all of the Harvest at once. We see here that you will not beable to handle the whole of the harvest but only the few that is allocated to you asyou grow and be trained up to handle more. This shows us that the ‘family’ of YHVHin the Assembly is just as important as the reapers. This is where you will help andlove new believers as they come in, so that they will be accepted in a familyenvironment and feel loved and at home. They need to be ‘gathered’ into the ‘House’of YHVH and nurtured until they are mature and spiritually grown so that they mightalso be used by YHVH later in their lives. Do not envy those on the front line, thereapers, who bring in the souls. You are just as important to fill the gaps inside theAssembly, helping these people to follow YHVH and develop a relationship with Him.
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This is a very strange passage and we see three main issues between Gideon andHis people:
1. Envy: 
Sometimes your worst enemy is among you, within theAssembly. Look at the life of Joseph where his brothers wanted to killhim and later sold him as a slave. The same happened with Y’shuawhere His brothers and countrymen persecuted Him and handed Himover to the Romans in the end, where they killed Him. We see thatenvy and hatred was the motive why Joseph’s brothers did what theydid and we saw the same in Judges Chapter 8 where people of Israel rebukedGideon because they were not chosen.
2. Fear: 
The same thing happened with the people at Succoth, but this timetheir motive was not envy, but it was fear. The people of Succoth feared theenemy and did not want to help Gideon and his men in case it will be madeknown and the enemy will persecute them for doing that. We get people inthe Body of Messiah today that have the same problem; they rather staypassive because they do not want to upset Satan and His followersbecause of fear of what he might do to them.
 
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They have more trust in the power of Satan than they have in the power of YHVHand His people. This caused the men of Succoth’s refusal to help Gideon and hismen and to stay out of the fight.
3. Pride: 
Gideon went from Succoth to Penuel to ask for water andfood but these people gave him the same answer as the men ofSuccoth. Penuel means “
face or vision of Elohim 
”. The people ofPenuel had a tower that Gideon threatened to throw down. Tower is theHebrew word “
migdal 
” that means ‘
elevated stage, tower’ 
, and ‘
raised bed’ 
. It has the root that means ‘
excellence 
’ and this shows us that theTower was a symbol of their spiritual pride. They have elevated themselves because of their knowledge and of the gifts of YHVH. They arepeople who do not want to get their hand dirty and would rather sit onthe side and criticize what you are doing because they know better. We all makemistakes and the only way to be flawless is to be passive, but this is wrong! Help thepeople of YHVH who are fighting the battle, those whom you can see are anointedand give them your support as far as it is in your power. Do not sit at the back andcriticize their work, that is Satan’s work, the accuser of the brethren. [Rev 12:10]
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1. Fear: 
Fear is a weakness and is one of the first enemies to overcome in your life,especially the fear of Satan. Gideon came back and did what he went out to dowithout their help. YHVH deals the same with us, if we chicken out because of fear,He will still accomplish what He planned to do, with or without your help. This fear willnot go unpunished, as we have seen here, because this fear is rooted in a lack ofunderstanding and knowledge of YHVH’s Character and His Word. These menstayed in Succoth that means ‘tents’ and these people like to hide within their ‘tents’(comforts) and do not want to offer themselves or their support for bigger cause.They have just enough faith for themselves and do not care about others to help toovercome the enemy. They fear man and Satan more than they fear YHVH and donot want to make a statement of faith because they do not want to ‘upset’ the enemyor make the people in the world uncomfortable. The elders of this city were punished(taught) with thorns and briers. Thorns are mentioned in Gen 3 where YHVH cursedthe ground and it brought forth thorns and thistles. In agricultural terms, thistles arethe enemy of the seed and can cause you a lot of problems during harvest time.Thorns are also mentioned earlier in the Book of Judges as the enemies you allow inthe land, making deals with them, but they will become like thorns in your side andcause you pain. Briers are also a type of thorn and both these are found in Isa 5:6.
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