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.
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 “
” that means ‘
elevated stage, tower’
, and ‘
. It has the root that means ‘
’ 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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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.