The spoils from Gideon’s victory became the seeds of he and the nation of Israel’s downfall. From Judges 8:22-28

Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us, you and your son and your grandson also, for you have saved us from the hand of Midian.” Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you; the Lord will rule over you.” And Gideon said to them, “Let me make a request of you: every one of you give me the earrings from his spoil.” (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.) And they answered, “We will willingly give them.” And they spread a cloak, and every man threw in it the earrings of his spoil. And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was 1,700 shekels of gold, besides the crescent ornaments and the pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings of Midian, and besides the collars that were around the necks of their camels. And Gideon made an ephod of it and put it in his city, in Ophrah. And all Israel whored after it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and to his family. So Midian was subdued before the people of Israel, and they raised their heads no more. And the land had rest forty years in the days of Gideon.
Judges 8:22‭-‬28 ESV
https://bible.com/bible/59/jdg.8.22-28.ESV

The spoils from Gideon’s victory became the seeds of he and the nation of Israel’s downfall. As a leader he did the right thing and pointed the people to the Lord as their ultimate leader. Yet he felt entitled to a share of the winnings, the spoils. After all he had been on the frontlines and risked everything. Surely he must have thought I deserve something for my efforts and sacrifice. These spoils became something that was a snare to him, his family and the nation. We all need to make sure that when God provides a win through us that we don’t feel entitled to anything.

We need to keep in mind the words of Jesus in Luke 17:10 – So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'”
Luke 17:10 ESV
https://bible.com/bible/59/luk.17.10.ESV

2 thoughts on “The spoils from Gideon’s victory became the seeds of he and the nation of Israel’s downfall. From Judges 8:22-28

  1. Ishmaelites

    The spoils from Gideon’s victory became the seeds of he and the nation of Israel’s downfall. As a leader he did the right thing and pointed the people to the Lord as their ultimate leader. Yet he felt entitled to a share of the winnings, the spoils. After all he had been on the frontlines and risked everything. Surely he must have thought I deserve something for my efforts and sacrifice. These spoils (The gold earrings of the Ishmaelites) became something that was a snare to him, his family and the nation. We all need to make sure that when God provides a win through us that we don’t feel entitled to anything. – Dave Watson

    Gen_16:15 Hagar eventually gave birth to Abram’s son. Abram named his son whom Hagar bore Ishmael.
    Gen_16:16 Abram was 86 years old when Hagar gave birth to Ishmael for Abram.
    Gen_17:25 and his son Ishmael was thirteen years old when he was circumcised.
    Gen_17:26 Both Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised on that very day.
    Gen_17:18 So Abraham responded to God, “If only Ishmael would live in constant awareness that you’re always with him!”

    Gen 37:28 As the Midianite merchants were passing through, they extracted Joseph from the cistern and sold Joseph for 20 pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites, who then took Joseph down to Egypt.

    Jdg 8:24 But Gideon also added, “I would like to ask that each of you give me a ring from his war booty” because, as Ishmaelites, the Midianites had been wearing gold rings.

    Psa 83:5 Indeed, they shrewdly planned together, forming an alliance against you—
    Psa 83:6 the tents of Edom, the Ishmaelites, Moab, the Hagrites,
    Psa 83:7 Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia, and the inhabitants of Tyre.
    Psa 83:8 Even Assyria joined them to strengthen the descendants of Lot. Interlude.
    Psa 83:9 Deal with them as you did to Midian, Sisera, and Jabin at the Kishon Brook.
    Psa 83:10 They were destroyed at En-dor and became as dung on the ground.

    Is God giving us a warning? Beware of any peace offering from the descendants of Ishmael as it may be to us a snare.

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