The ancient nation of Israel used to be a loose confederation of twelve tribes. They sometimes argued and fought with each other and were constantly leaving the Lord to worship idols and false Gods. This led to opposition and oppression from the surrounding nations. When this happened, Israel would repent and cry out to the Lord. In answer to them He would forgive them and raise up a “Judge” to lead them. And, one of the most unusual judges in the Bible was Gideon. Although he was a man of many weaknesses, the Lord called him to be a mighty warrior. Overcoming fear and a lack of faith, he led the Israelites to a great military victory over the Midianites.
(Judges 6) 11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” 15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”