Lesson 2: June 11, 2017
Gideon’s Call: Judges 6:11-18
Teaching Strategy: List and discuss additional examples from Scripture in which God chooses an unexpected person to accomplish great things. How do God’s choices of such people affect how we think about God acting in the world today?
Gideon questioned God’s call saying, “My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family” (v.15b). In a culture where family, parentage, and birth order largely determined one’s status, God’s choice of Gideon would have come as a shock. But Gideon’s call is a reminder that God chooses servants based on divine wisdom, not human criteria. The Bible is full of stories in which God calls an unlikely person and uses that person to accomplish God’s divine will. Often the person called doubts his or her ability to accomplish what is asked, and yet God’s presence makes all things possible.
In many ways the same is true today. God uses people we least expect to fulfill God’s purposes. Even when they doubt their ability, God empowers them to do more than they imagined possible. Questions remain! If we feel called, how do we know it’s God? How do we allow God to overcome our doubts and the circumstances that seem to limit us? As believers, how can we open our eyes so that we see God working through others – using “ordinary” unexpected people to accomplish extraordinary things? Where was/is God at work in these stories?
- The President’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement and responses to that decision, including diverse views summarized in this article, Strong Religious Reaction to Trump Climate Accord Decision
- The death of two men who intervened when another man was shouting anti-Muslim hate speech at two teenage girls, one of them wearing a hijab: Portland Praises Its Heroes After Fatal Stabbing. NCC spokesperson Steven Martin wrote NCC Remembers, With Prayers, Victims of Portland Attack
- Efforts to end sex trafficking of girls reported last month in Christianity Today: Cambodia’s Child Sex Industry Is Dwindling-And They Have Christians To Thank
- Accomplishments depicted in the 2016 book, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, and its film adaptation, summarized here in Smithsonian Magazine
Summer 2017 Theme: God’s Urgent Call
Unifying Principle: People sometimes view their circumstances as a hindrance to being effective leaders. How do they deal with their doubts? Gideon voiced his doubts and requested a miraculous sign.
Posted on: June 5, 2017, by : Sharon Harris-Ewing