For what was the rich man punished?
In what way does this parable reinforce the lesson of verse 9?
What does the parable teach about the reality of future punishment and the means of avoiding it?
What ought men to be doing now?
Note. Verses 16, 17. The ministry of John the Baptist marked the end of the Jewish prerogative.
Men of every race and kind could from now on come into the kingdom.
Yet the moral law remained unchanged; e.g., verses 18, the sanctity of marriage.
(a) Gideon’s dealings with the complaints of Ephraim and with the lack of co-operation of the elders of Succoth and Penuel;
(b) the vigour of his pursuit and capture of Zebah and Zalmunna, and the respect that these princes showed him.
What various aspects of character are revealed here?
- What temptation did Gideon overcome?
Contrast, however, the frequent references to God’s guidance in the earlier part of the narrative with the entire absence of this in 8:24-27.
Why did Gideon, who had given such able leadership in the national crisis, fail to give adequate leadership in a time of peace?
Is it true that we tend to reply on God only when are ‘up against it’?
Note. The ephod of the high priest (Exod. 28) was a shoulder garment covering the breast and back, ornamented with gems and gold, and having in front the breastplate containing the Urim and Thummin, which were manipulated to discover God’s will. Gideon’s ephod (8:24-27) may have been an elaborate reproduction, or it may have been some kind of free-standing image. In any case it was used to ascertain God’s answer in a particular situation, but the people came to regard it as a kind of idol.
- Work out the order of events, as the people entered the Promised Land.
Note the parts played by God and by the people.
What principles for progress in the Christian life are illustrated here?
Map: Click on the map to see the 40kms from Adam to the Arabah (the dead sea.
Map of Israel for the crossing into the promise Land