Judges 6

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1 And the sons of Israel did evil in the eyes of Jehovah, and Jehovah gave them into the hand of Midian seven years.

2 And the hand of Midian became·​·strong against Israel; from the faces of Midian the sons of Israel made for themselves the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and forts.

3 And it was, when Israel had sown, that Midian came·​·up and Amalek and the sons of the east, and they came·​·up against them;

4 and they encamped against them, and destroyed the produce of the land, until thou come to Gaza, and left not in Israel anything living, neither sheep, nor ox, nor donkey.

5 For they and their livestock came·​·up, and their tents; they came as enough locusts for a multitude. There was no number for them and for their camels; and they came into the land to destroy her.

6 And Israel became· exceedingly ·poor because of Midian, and the sons of Israel cried unto Jehovah.

7 And it was, when the sons of Israel cried unto Jehovah, on account of Midian,

8 that Jehovah sent a man, a prophet, unto the sons of Israel, and said unto them, Thus says Jehovah, the God of Israel: I brought· you ·up from Egypt, and brought· you ·out from the house of servitude*.

9 And I rescued you from the hand of Egypt and from the hand of all who subjugated you, and drove· them ·out from before you, and gave you their land.

10 And I said unto you, I am Jehovah your God; fear not the gods of the Amorite in whose land you dwell; but you did not obey my voice.

11 And the angel of Jehovah came and sat under the oak which was in Ophrah, that belonged to Joash, the Abiezrite; and his son Gideon was beating·​·out wheat in the wine·​·press to hide it* from before Midian.

12 And the angel of Jehovah appeared unto him, and said unto him, Jehovah is with thee, thou mighty·​·man of valor.

13 And Gideon said to him, In·​·me, O my Lord, and if Jehovah be with us, why has all this found us? And where be all His wonders, which our fathers recounted to us, saying, Did not Jehovah bring· us ·up from Egypt? But now Jehovah has abandoned us, and given us into the palm of the hand of Midian.

14 And Jehovah turned· His ·face to him and said, Go in this thy power, and save Israel from the hand of Midian; have I not sent thee?

15 And he said unto Him, In·​·me, O Lord, with what shall I save Israel? Behold, my thousand are the most poor in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in the house of my father.

16 And Jehovah said unto him, Because I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite Midian as one man.

17 And he said unto Him, If now I have·​·found grace in Thine eyes, then make me a sign that Thou speakest with me.

18 Depart not hence, I pray Thee, until I come unto Thee, and bring·​·out my gift·​·offering and place it before Thee. And He said, I will sit until thou return.

19 And Gideon came·​·in and made ready a kid of the goats and unleavened cakes of an ephah of meal; the flesh he set in a basket and the broth he set into a pan, and he brought· it ·out unto Him under the oak, and presented it.

20 And the angel of God said to him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes and place them on this rock, and spill·​·out the broth. And he did so.

21 And the angel of Jehovah put·​·forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and the fire went·​·up, fire from the rock, and devoured the flesh and the unleavened cakes. And the angel of Jehovah was gone from before his eyes.

22 And Gideon saw that he was the angel of Jehovah, and Gideon said, Alas, Lord Jehovih*, forasmuch as I have seen the angel of Jehovah face to face.

23 And Jehovah said unto him, Peace unto thee; fear not; thou shalt not die.

24 And Gideon built an altar there unto Jehovah, and called it Jehovah-shalom; to this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrite.

25 And it was that night, that Jehovah said to him, Take the bullock of the ox which is of thy father, and the second bullock of seven years, and break·​·down the altar of Baal that thy father has, and cut·​·off the grove which is by it.

26 And build an altar to Jehovah thy God on the head of this stronghold, in array, and take the second bullock and offer·​·up a burnt·​·offering with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut·​·off.

27 And Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as Jehovah had spoken unto him; and it was, because he feared the house of his father, and the men of the city, that he did not do it by·​·day, but did it by night.

28 And the men of the city got·​·up·​·early in the morning, and behold, the altar of Baal was torn·​·down, and the grove was cut·​·off that was by it, and the second bullock was offered·​·up on the altar that was built.

29 And they said, a man unto his companion, Who has done this thing? and they inquired and sought it out, and said, Gideon the son of Joash has done this thing.

30 And the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring·​·out thy son that he may·​·die, because he has torn·​·down the altar of Baal, and because he has cut·​·off the grove that was by it.

31 And Joash said unto all who stood by him, Will you strive for Baal, will you save him? He who will strive for him, let him be·​·put·​·to·​·death this morning; if he be a god, let him strive for himself, because one has torn·​·down his altar.

32 And on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal strive against him, because one has torn·​·down his altar.

33 And all Midian and Amalek and the sons of the east were gathered together, and crossed·​·over and encamped in the valley of Jezreel.

34 And the spirit of Jehovah filled Gideon, and he sounded a shophar* and Abiezer was called·​·up after him.

35 And he sent messengers into all Manasseh, and they also were called·​·up after him, and he sent messengers into Asher and into Zebulun and into Naphtali, and they came·​·up to meet him.

36 And Gideon said to God, If it is so, that Thou wilt save Israel by my hand, as Thou hast spoken,

37 Behold, I will place a fleece of wool in the threshing·​·floor; if the dew be on the fleece alone, and on all the earth it be dry, then shall I know that Thou wilt save Israel by my hand, as Thou hast spoken.

38 And it was so; and he got·​·up·​·early on the morrow, and he compressed the fleece, and pressed· the dew ·out from the fleece, a dish full of water.

39 And Gideon said to God, Let not Thine anger be·​·fierce against me, and I will speak only this time. Let me tempt only this time with the fleece: let it now be dry only on the fleece, and on all the earth let there be dew.

40 And God did so in that night, and it was dry on the fleece only, and there was dew on all the earth.

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Exploring the Meaning of Judges 6      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Judges 6: The Midianites oppress Israel; the call of Gideon.

Chapters 6-8 of Judges tell the story of Gideon, who led the people of Israel against the Midianites. The Lord allowed the Midianites to oppress the children of Israel for seven years, because they had disobeyed His commandments once again. Israel fled to the mountain caves, and Midian starved the Israelites by destroying their crops and taking their livestock. When Israel cried out to the Lord for help, a prophet delivered the Lord’s message that He had always been with them, but they had kept disobeying.

Then the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, who was threshing wheat in the winepress to hide this from the Midianites. The angel brought news that he would lead the fight against the Midianites. Gideon was stunned, and replied that his family was the least important in the tribe of Manasseh, and that he was the least in his family. Even so, the Lord assured him would be victorious, because the Lord was with him.

Gideon asked for a sign to be given him, and then went to prepare an offering of food. When he came back, the angel told him to place the meat and unleavened bread upon a rock. When the angel touched it with his staff, fire came up from the rock and burned up the food. The angel then departed.

The Lord told Gideon to break down his father’s altars to Baal, and to build an altar to the Lord on top of it, which he did by night. In the morning, the men of the city discovered what Gideon had done, and demanded that he be killed. But Gideon’s father, Joash, replied that Baal himself would take action, if he were really a god.

The Midianites and their allies gathered for battle, and Gideon called on his tribe of Manasseh, as well as Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, to prepare to fight. Before the battle took place though, Gideon asked for another sign from God. He put a woolen fleece on the threshing floor, and if God would use him to save Israel, the fleece would have dew on it, while the ground around it would be dry. And so it was the next morning. Once again, Gideon asked for a sign, this time with dew on the ground, but not on the fleece. And again, this came to pass.

*****

The spiritual meaning of the Midianites is understanding spiritual truths, but leading a life of sensory pleasure anyway, rather than one built on genuine goodness (see Swedenborg’s work, Arcana Caelestia 7602). This is portrayed by the Midianites destroying all the crops which could be made into food, or spiritually, into what is good.

Threshing wheat and pressing wine are very similar processes; threshing wheat frees grain from the beaten husk, and pressing wine squeezes juice from a crushed grape. Both of these activities represent our spiritual determination to do what is good – the wheat for bread – because of the truth we have come to understand – the wine. Gideon’s name, meaning “to break apart”, and this passage are meant to show us that his strongest quality was determination to do good (Divine Providence 227[2]).

Gideon’s claim to be the least important of all demonstrates the place of genuine humility in our spiritual life. Acknowledging that the Lord brings about all good things is a sign of strength, not weakness (see Swedenborg’s work, Heaven and Hell 408).

The spiritual meaning of asking God for a sign – which Gideon did several times – is to confirm the validity of what we intend or understand. Paying attention to our internal state will show us the quality of our inner thoughts if we dare to listen, but ultimately, confirmation comes from the Word (see Swedenborg’s work, True Christian Religion 508[5]). The fire from the rock, which burned the meat, represents the power of love and truth to consume and sustain us.

The fascinating double sign involving the fleece has several layers of spiritual meaning: the threshing floor stands for the ground of our daily life and activity; the fleece, with its warmth and softness, stands for the principle of goodness; and the dew (water) stands for divine influx of truth into us from the Lord. These build the framework of the spiritual meaning. The dewy fleece on the dry ground means that we need to have the Lord’s truth in our mind, so we know how to lead a good life. Then, this needs to be reversed so that we feel the desire to do good, and then apply this in daily life (Arcana Caelestia 3579).

This sign is closely related to the spiritual meaning of the Midianites, the enemy to be overthrown. Simply knowing the Lord’s truths does not guarantee a good life; we must put these truths into practice.

Swedenborg

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evil
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.

faces
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mountains
'Hills' signify the good of charity.

gaza
Gaza (or Azzah) signifies things revealed concerning charity.

donkey
Donkeys signify the things relating to the self-intelligence of the sensual man; and camels, the things of self-intelligence in the natural man (Isa 30:6, 7.)

livestock
Animals in the Bible generally refer to spiritual activity, the things we actually do on a spiritual level. "Cattle," as typically used in the Bible,...

Tents
'The tabernacle' has almost the same meaning as 'temple,' that is, in the highest sense, the Lord’s divine humanity, and in a relative sense, heaven...

locusts
Grasshoppers signify the same as locusts: the false which vastates the extremes of the natural part of the mind.

camels
A camel (Matt. 22:24) signifies scientific knowledge. Camels are confirming scientifics, and cattle are the knowledges of good and truth (Jer. 49:32.)

Sons of Israel
'The camp of the sons of Israel' represents the church.

cried
As with most common verbs, the spiritual meaning of “crying” or “crying out” (meaning a shout or wail, not weeping) is highly dependent on context....

prophet
The idea of a "prophet" is very closely tied to the idea of the Bible itself, since the Bible was largely written by prophets. At...

says
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

gods
When the Bible speaks of "Jehovah," it is representing love itself, the inmost love that is the essence of the Lord. That divine love is...

land
Is there any difference in meaning between “earth” and “ground”? At first it doesn’t seem so; both refer to the soil making up the land...

dwell
Many people were nomadic in Biblical times, especially the times of the Old Testament, and lived in tents that could be struck, moved and re-raised...

voice
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.

sat
If you think about sitting, it seems fair to say that where you're sitting is more important than that you're sitting. Sitting in a movie...

Wheat
'Wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and vetches,' as in Ezekiel 4:9, 12, signify various kinds of good, and their derivative truths. Bread, or a cake,...

Wine
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.

press
These verbs in the Bible indicate a conflict between two spiritual states, and the effort it takes to attain the higher state. It's easy to...

flee
To flee signifies to escape, and be rescued. To flee signifies to be overcome.

mighty
Mighty,' as in Revelation 19:18, signify people who are educated about doctrine derived from the Word. By extension, 'mighty' signifies education or learning derived from...

valor
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.

my lord
Characters in the Bible will often address others using the term “my lord,” and it seems to be no more than an expression of respect....

us
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...

fathers
Father in the Word means what is most interior, and in those things that are following the Lord's order, it means what is good. In...

egypt
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.

given
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...

go
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...

smite
'The smitten' signify people who are oppressed by the falsities of ignorance.

one
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man
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...

found
To not to be found any more, signifies not to rise again.

sign
'A token,' as in Genesis 9:12, 13, 17, signifies causing it to be.

come
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.

bring
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “bring” is highly dependent on context, but in general it represents an introduction to a new...

offering
It was customary in the representative Ancient Church, and later in the Jewish Church, when people went to the judges, and at a later time,...

before
In most cases, the meaning of "before" is pretty straightforward, both as a way of assessing relative time, and in its use meaning "in someone's...

return
There are many instances in the Bible which describe people turning back, looking back or going back. In most cases it is a negative, sometimes...

came
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...

goats
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ephah
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Meal
'Meal and farina' signifies the truth of faith, or truth from good.

under
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oak
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touched
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flesh
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unleavened
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fire
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rock
'A rock' signifies the Lord regarding the divine truth of the Word.

devoured
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eyes
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saw
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angel
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lord
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Jehovih
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see
To look,' as in Genesis 18:22, signifies thinking, because seeing denotes understanding. Look not back behind thee,' as in Genesis 19:17, means that Lot, who...

seen
To look,' as in Genesis 18:22, signifies thinking, because seeing denotes understanding. Look not back behind thee,' as in Genesis 19:17, means that Lot, who...

face
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peace
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fear
The fearful signify people who have no faith.

Fear not
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seven
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build
wrought (also entwined or entwisted) is predicated of the natural scientific principle, and in Isaiah 45:13, of divine natural truth.

head
The head is the part of us that is highest, which means in a representative sense that it is what is closest to the Lord....

wood
In general, plants in the Bible represent facts, thoughts and ideas – intellectual things. This makes sense: Plants are rooted in place, but can grow...

ten
Most places in Swedenborg identify “ten” as representing “all,” or in some cases “many” or “much.” The Ten Commandments represent all the guidance we get...

servants
“Servant” literally means “a person who serves another,"" and its meaning is similar in reference to the spiritual meaninngs of the Bible. Our lives in...

feared
Fear has various significations according to the thing which causes it. Fear signifies love. Fear, as in Gen 28:17, signifies a holy change.

house
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...

father
Father in the Word means what is most interior, and in those things that are following the Lord's order, it means what is good. In...

built
To build something generally means to put together a variety of simpler pieces to make a useful and more complex structure, as to build a...

companion
In the Bible, there is a careful distinction between the word “brother” and the word “companion” or “friend.” That’s partly because the people of Israel...

city
In the ancient world cities were very nearly nations unto themselves – they existed within walls, with their own laws and customs, generally centered on...

son
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...

die
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.

Grove
A grove, and plantation, signifies intellectual knowledge.

stood
'To stand,' and 'come forth' as in Daniel 7:10, refers to truth. In Genesis 24:13, it signifies a state of conjunction of divine truth with...

Put
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.

morning
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...

day
"Day" describes a state in which we are turned toward the Lord, and are receiving light (which is truth) and heat (which is a desire...

called
To call someone or summon someone in the Bible represents a desire for conjunction between higher and lower states of life. For instance, imagine someone...

baal
Baalim and her lovers (Hosea 2:13) signify those things which belong to the natural man, and are loved; such as the lusts and falsities thence...

altar
The first altar mentioned in the Word was built by Noah after he came out of the ark. On that altar, he sacrificed clean animals...

midian
'Simran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Jishbak, and Shuah,' as in Genesis 25:2, represent the general divisions of the Lord’s spiritual kingdom, in the heavens and in...

sons of the east
'Sons of the east' generally signify people of the Lord’s spiritual kingdom.

sons of the
The sons of the Javanites,' as in Joel 3:6, signify worship in externals, separate from the internal.

gathered
To gather, as in Genesis 6:21, refers to those things which are in the memory of man, where they are gathered. It also implies that...

encamped
'Pitch,' as in Genesis 14:10, denotes lusts. 'Burning pitch,' as in Isaiah 34:9, signifies direful fantasies.

valley of
'The valley of Siddim' signifies the uncleanness of lust, and the falsities derived from them.

valley
Mountains in the Bible represent people's highest points, where we are closest to the Lord - our love of the Lord and the state of...

Spirit of Jehovah
'The spirit of Jehovah' signifies the influx of truth and goodness.

jehovah
The Lord, in the simplest terms, is love itself expressed as wisdom itself. In philosophic terms, love is the Lord's substance and wisdom is His...

horn
'Trumpets,' and all other wind instruments, relate to celestial affections.

sent
'To send' signifies revealing.

messengers
'A messenger' signifies communication.

manasseh
'Manasseh' signifies the will of the spiritual church.

after
According to Swedenborg, time and space don’t exist in spiritual reality; they are purely natural things that exist only on the physical plane. This means...

naphtali
'Naphtali' in a supreme sense, signifies the proper power of the Lord’s divine human. In a spiritual sense, he signifies temptation and victory and a...

meet
In natural language, to "meet" someone can be positive or negative: it can be a welcoming and greeting, or it can be "meeting" them in...

Wool
The instruction not make clothing that mixes 'Woolen and linen' threads means, in the internal sense, that people's spiritual states of good and truth should...

floor
The floor, as in Matthew 3:12, signifies the world of spirits which is between heaven and hell, and where the separation of evils and falsities...

know
In a general sense, men represent things of the intellect – facts, ideas, knowledge, everything from the deepest truths to the most pernicious falsities about...

save
To be saved or rescued means getting true ideas that we can hold to even in the face of a storm of false thinking. Sometimes...

israel
Jacob is told twice that his name will now be Israel. The first time is when he wrestles with an angel on his journey to...

hand
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.

spoken
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...

early
Since the sun represents the Lord, the early morning and sunrise represent a state of enlightenment, with a new and clear understanding coming after a...

pressed
These verbs in the Bible indicate a conflict between two spiritual states, and the effort it takes to attain the higher state. It's easy to...

Full
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.

water
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...

said
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

anger
Anger is an emotion so common to people that it requires no definition. However a couple of points of interest can be raised. 1) The...

speak
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...

God
When the Bible speaks of "Jehovah," it is representing love itself, the inmost love that is the essence of the Lord. That divine love is...

night
The sun in the Bible represents the Lord, with its heat representing His love and its light representing His wisdom. “Daytime,” then, represents a state...

dew
Dew, in Deut. 32:2 signifies the multiplication of truth from good, and the fructification of good by truth.

earth
Is there any difference in meaning between “earth” and “ground”? At first it doesn’t seem so; both refer to the soil making up the land...

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Sunday School Lesson | Ages 3 - 14

 The Story of Gideon
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3

 The Worship of Idols
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14


Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.


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