1. What was the specific preparation that each of the following biblical characters received through a dream?
a. Gideon (Jud. 7)
Since I didn’t know too much about Gideon, I decided to get a little background on him from the previous chapter. Basically, in chapter 6: 1-10, the Israelites were made to suffer, by the will of God for seven years under the oppression of the Midianites, because they chose to disobey the word of the Lord, and worship the Baals.
SEVEN: Spiritual perfection and fullness or completion. It is the number of Covenant and of the Holy Spirit.
• 7 is the second perfect number.
• In Hebrew 7 is shevah (shebah) from the root shava (shaba or sheba), to be full.
• God rested on the seventh day (Saturday) after creation [Genesis 2:2].
• To swear an oath in Hebrew is “to seven oneself”.
• There are seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (CCC#1831; Isaiah 11:1).
• The sacred Menorah has 7 branches, six on each side of a central shaft, and 7 cup shaped lamps for the olive oil
• There were 7 classes of furniture in the Tabernacle: Bronze Altar, Bronze Laver, Golden Menorah, Golden Table of the Bread of the Presence, Golden Altar of Incense, Ark of the Covenant, and the Seat of Atonement.
• The Tabernacle was built in 6 days and dedicated on the 7th [Exodus 40:17].
• It took Solomon 7 years to build the Temple in Jerusalem. [ 1 Kings 6:37-38]
• There are 7 holy annual feast days in the Sinai Covenant [Leviticus 23:1-44].
• The Feast of Passover is the 1st month of the liturgical year but the 7th month of the civil year. [Exodus 12:1-2]
• The Feast of Tabernacles completes the cycle of Holy Days on the 7th month of the liturgical year.[Leviticus 23:33-43]
• There are 7 petitions in the Lord’s Prayer [Matthew 6:9-13].
• There are multiple sevens in the Book of Revelation including.
o seven Spirits of God [ Revelation 4:5].
o seven Seals [ Revelation 5:1].
o seven Angels with Seven Chalices [Revelation 15:5-7].
• mammals and birds have a gestation of multiples of 7:
mouse: 21 days (3 x 7) cat 56 (8 x 7) Sheep 147 (21 x 7)
hare and rat, 28 ( 4×7 ) dog 63 (9 x 7) hen 21 (3 x 7)
humans 280 days ( 40 x 7) lion 98 (14 x 7) duck 42 (6 x 7)
• With insects the ova are hatched in seven half-days (the wasp, bee, etc). But with other insects it is seven whole days. The majority of insects require from 14 (2×7) to 42 (6×7) days and the same applies to the larva state.
• Man’s pulse beats on the seven-day principle. For six days out of seven it beats faster in the morning than in the evening while on the seventh day it beats slower. The seventh day is the day of rest!
• 7 days in a week.
• 7 colors in the spectrum’the seven colored rainbow was the sign of the covenant with Noah.
• There are 168 hours in a week = 7 x 24.
So in verse 10, they are reminded again of what God had told them.
Jdg 6:10 And I said unto you, I [am] the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.
This was the reason for their bondage and oppression.
Jdg 6:11 And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which [was] in Ophrah, that [pertained] unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide [it] from the Midianites.
Ophrah = “fawn”
A place in Manasseh, native place of Gideon; probably located close to Shechem.
Joash = “given by the Lord”
1) son of king Ahaziah and the 8th king of Judah
2) son of king Jehoahaz and the 12th king of the northern kingdom of Israel
3) father of Gideon
4) a son of king Ahab
5) a descendant of Shelah the son of Judah; either the son of Shelah or the son of Jokim
6) son of Shemaah of Gibeah who resorted to David at Ziklag
Abiezrite = “my father is help”
1) one of the family of Abiezer, a descendant of Joseph’s son, Manasseh
Jdg 6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD [is] with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
Jdg 6:13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where [be] all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
This is the statement of most people when things don’t go the way they expect them to. They feel like the Lord has deserted them, or He’s not with them. However, the first verse of chapter 6 says:
Jdg 6:1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.
It is clear that God was still there; still present and available even to simply hear them when they finally called out to Him. But look how long it took for them to break of their stubbornness and call upon Him…seven long, desolate years under severe oppression before they would turn from their wicked ways. They were being disciplined for their disobedience.