JUDGES 6:25-32 That night the Lord said to Gideon, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one that is seven years old. Pull down your father’s altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole standing beside it.
26 Then build an altar to the Lord your God here on this hilltop sanctuary, laying the stones carefully. Sacrifice the bull as a burnt offering on the altar, using as fuel the wood of the Asherah pole you cut down.”
27 So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the Lord had commanded. But he did it at night because he was afraid of the other members of his father’s household and the people of the town.
28 Early the next morning, as the people of the town began to stir, someone discovered that the altar of Baal had been broken down and that the Asherah pole beside it had been cut down. In their place a new altar had been built, and on it were the remains of the bull that had been sacrificed.
29 The people said to each other, “Who did this?” And after asking around and making a careful search, they learned that it was Gideon, the son of Joash.
30 “Bring out your son,” the men of the town demanded of Joash. “He must die for destroying the altar of Baal and for cutting down the Asherah pole.”
31 But Joash shouted to the mob that confronted him, “Why are you defending Baal? Will you argue his case? Whoever pleads his case will be put to death by morning! If Baal truly is a god, let him defend himself and destroy the one who broke down his altar!” 32 From then on Gideon was called Jerub-baal, which means “Let Baal defend himself,” because he broke down Baal’s altar.
- ‘DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO’
- SON’S WILL ALWAYS MIMC
- “WHAT FATHERS DO IN MODERATION SONS WILL DO IN EXCESS”
- SON’S WILL ALWAYS MIMC
JUDGES 2:10 After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the LORD or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel.
FATHERS MODEL BEHAVIOR THAT FORMS LEGACY
BIG IDEA: ARE YOU HANDING DOWN DESTINY OR SOMETHING THAT WILL NEED DISMANTLED
ABSENT FATHERS FOSTER FEAR
WHAT ARE YOU HANDING DOWN
GOD SENDS JUDGES BUT WHAT HE WANTS ARE FATHERS
PRESENT FATHERS IMPART IDENTITY
(v31) “Why are you defending Baal? … If Baal truly is a god, let him defend himself and destroy the one who broke down his altar!”
(v32) 32 From then on Gideon was called Jerub-baal, which means “Let Baal defend himself,” because he broke down Baal’s altar.
GIDEON’S NEW NAME (NEW IDENTITY)
JERUBBAAL - CONTENDS WITH BAAL
JOHN 5:19 "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.
JOHN 12:49-50 I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it. 50And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say.”
JOHN 8:28 I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me.