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Week of May 19th - The Weakness of a Rescuer

Session in a Sentence

God works through the weak so that He might receive credit for the victory.

Summary and Goal

God had used Deborah, Barak, and Jael to give the Israelites victory over the Canaanites and peace and rest in the land for forty years. But once more, the Israelites would do what was evil in the sight of the Lord. This time God would hand His people over to the Midianites, who would oppress them for seven years to such a degree that they would resort to hiding in caves. In this session, we will see God’s patient lovingkindness once more as He responded to the desperate cries of His people. He would provide Gideon, another unlikely judge, to rescue His people and turn them back to Him. Through Gideon, we will see that God uses our weaknesses to shine the light of His glory.

Session Outline

  1. Strength comes from the God who is present (Judg. 6:11-16).

  2. Assurance comes from the God who is patient (Judg. 6:36-40).

  3. Victory comes from the God who is powerful (Judg. 7:2-7).

Christ Connection

God used an unexpected leader in Gideon and a small army of three hundred to rescue Israel from their enemies so that everyone would know that the victory belonged to Him alone. Jesus was the unexpected Rescuer who defeated sin and death to show everyone that salvation belongs to God alone.

Missional Application

Because we have been rescued from our sin through Jesus, we answer His call to service, trusting that He is with us and will empower us to win the victory for His glory.