by Stephen Weinkauf
Recently in my Hebrew Exegesis course, I’ve been studying the story of Gideon in Judges 6-8. The section starts off introducing Midian, a scary sounding state that is overpowering Israel. In Judges 6:12-24 we are introduced to Gideon. The angel of the Lord appears to him, calls him a man of valor, and tells him to go and save Israel from the hand of Midian. How does Gideon, this supposed man of valor, respond? He’s afraid and weak.