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They also failed to show any loyalty to the family of Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) in spite of all the good things he had done for them.
This is a sad conclusion to a rather glorious bible character. Jerub-Baal is actually another name for the man we know in scripture as Gideon. Gideon had brought strength and prosperity as one of the judges of Israel. However, after the end of his 40 years of service, when Israel never went to war and lived in peace, never once did these people honor Gideon or continue to serve the Lord after his death.
Yes, it is true that Gideon did not live a perfect life. After his victory over the Midianites, he began to lead the Israelites and immediately set up a golden ephod that the people at times worshipped. This caused the Lord’s anger to boil, yet for the most part, Israel served the Lord during Gideon’s reign. However, for some reason, the people did not honor or remain loyal to Gideon after his death. They turned to complete idolatry. What if the people instead had chosen to honor this great man, as they did King David years later? Perhaps there would not have been a turning of their backs on God when Gideon died. These people paid the price for this ungodly response. However, you need to know that “When You Honor, It Comes Back To You!” I’m talking about the fact that Honor comes back to those who Honor.
Help me, I pray, blessed Savior, to HONOR up, down, and all around. Let me never get so caught up in myself that I forget there were thousands of other men and women down through the ages You have used to bless my life. I need You to help me, Jesus. Amen
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