Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 20, 2015

“God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world …”

Today’s devotion comes from Judges Chapter 7.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+7&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him, rose early and camped beside the spring of Harod;  and the camp of Midian was on the north side of them by the hill of Moreh in the valley.

The Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midian into their hands, for Israel would become boastful, saying, ‘My own power has delivered me.’  3 Now therefore come, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is afraid and trembling, let him return and depart from Mount Gilead.’”  So 22,000 people returned, but 10,000 remained.

4 Then the Lord said to Gideon, “The people are still too many;  bring them down to the water and I will test them for you there.  Therefore it shall be that he of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go with you; but everyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”  5 So he brought the people down to the water.  And the Lord said to Gideon, “You shall separate everyone who laps the water with his tongue as a dog laps, as well as everyone who kneels to drink.”  6 Now the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was 300 men;  but all the rest of the people kneeled to drink water.  7 The Lord said to Gideon, “I will deliver you with the 300 men who lapped and will give the Midianites into your hands;  so let all the other people go, each man to his home.”

19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when they had just posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and smashed the pitchers that were in their hands.  20 When the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers, they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing, and cried, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!”  21 Each stood in his place around the camp; and all the army ran, crying out as they fled. 22 When they blew 300 trumpets, the Lord set the sword of one against another even throughout the whole army;  and the army fled as far as Beth-shittah toward Zererah, as far as the edge of Abel-meholah, by Tabbath.”  Judges Chapter 7:  Verses 1-7 and 19-22.

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Today’s Scripture gives another example of the Lord controlling events to make sure that He gets all the credit and glory.  “The Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midian into their hands, for Israel would become boastful, saying, ‘My own power has delivered me.’”  Verse 2.

Other doctrine proudly boasts “My own power has delivered me.  I was wise and strong.  My wisdom and free-will to choose Christ was the determining factor of why I was saved.”

But, Reformed Doctrine humbly starts with “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation and with bowed head confesses that man is dead in sin and hostile to God and does not seek God.

Rather than boast of anything that man contributed, Reformed Doctrine boasts “God alone saved me!  It was a miracle!  It was miraculous like the victory that God gave to Gideon and his 300 men over the Midianites “as numerous as locusts”, because I was so foolish and weak.  Maybe even more miraculous than that victory, because I was dead in sin.”   And so, Reformed Doctrine joyfully embraces the next point, “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation as its only chance of salvation.

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;  but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.  But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:22-31.

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