Jdg 6:21 Then the Angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that [was] in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight.
This is the first time that I’ve noticed a reference to the Angel of the Lord carrying a staff. In fact, I’ve never noticed a reference to anything about any angel carrying a staff. However, this is part of the instructions that Jesus gave to his disciples before he left them.
Mar 6:8 And commanded them that they should take nothing for [their] journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in [their] purse:
Additionally, the fire that that came from the rock was not your typical fire.
Lev 9:24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: [which] when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.
Jdg 6:22 And when Gideon perceived that he [was] an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face.
Jdg 6:23 And the LORD said unto him, Peace [be] unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.
Jehovah shalom: The Lord is Peace.
At this point God has established Gideon’s faithfulness, because in the act of preparing the offering for the Lord, he demonstrated it. Now that his faithfulness has been proven, it’s time to get to work.
Jdg 6:25 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Take thy father’s young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that [is] by it:
Jdg 6:26 And build an altar unto the LORD thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down.
How could someone who thought so little of himself, end up with such a victory? Many believe it is because a cause that’s good enough will cause people to automatically buy into it and follow. However, that’s not a leadership works.
People don’t simply follow worthwhile causes. They follow worthwhile leaders who lead worthy causes. It’s called the law of the buy-in. People filter every message through the messenger who delivers it. Therefore, people buy into the leader first, and then into the leader’s vision. You cannot separate the leader from the cause. They always go together.
So then the question becomes, how did a guy with so little self worth, progress from being an obscure member of a minor clan, to a leader of the northern tribes?
There were 4 things that built him into a leader. It started at home with his character.
Jdg 6:27 Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the LORD had said unto him: and [so] it was, because he feared his father’s household, and the men of the city, that he could not do [it] by day, that he did [it] by night.
Gideon started with 10 household servants; and with their help, he destroyed the altar of baal; and built a new altar to God as instructed. A good leader proves himself first to those who are closest to him.