Gideon’s Wise Answer

Judges 7:24-8:3 … Gideon sent messengers throughout all the hill country of Ephraim, saying, “Come down against Midian and take the waters before them, as far as Beth-barah and the Jordan.” So all the men of Ephraim were summoned and they took the waters as far as Beth-barah and the Jordan. 25 They captured the two leaders of Midian, Oreb{Raven} and Zeeb{Wolf}, and they killed Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and they killed Zeeb at the wine press of Zeeb, while they pursued Midian; and they brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon from across the Jordan.
8:1 Then the men of Ephraim said to him, “What is this thing you have done to us, not calling us when you went to fight against Midian?” And they contended with him vigorously. 2 But he said to them, “What have I done now in comparison with you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer? 3 God has given the leaders of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb into your hands; and what was I able to do in comparison with you?” Then their anger toward him subsided when he said that.

Look at Gideon’s answer to the vigorous contending{angry arguing, sharp criticism} of the men from Ephraim. His answer made their anger subside.
=> with a humble answer comes wisdom –Pro 11:2
=> a calm, soft answer turns away anger and
… breaks down resistance –Pro 15:1,18; Pro 25:15
=> a wise answer is from the Lord –Pro 16:1

Jealous quarreling  and strife is from the flesh1Cor 3:3
=> like Gideon respond to it not in the flesh, but in the Spirit!

Galatians 5:22-26 NASB … But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.

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Word Study
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Proverbs 25:15 AMPC … By long forbearance{patience} and calmness of spirit a judge or ruler is persuaded, and soft speech breaks down the most bonelike resistance.

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From NetBible Proverbs 25:15

  • patience[0753] = forbearance, self-restraint (of patience)
  • soft[07390] speech = tender, gentle
    *soft or gentle speech – this fits well with the parallel idea of patience (“long of anger”) – through a calm patient persuasion much can be accomplished.
  • *The idea of breaking a bone uses the hardest and most firm part of the body in contrast to the “softness of the tongue.” Both are figurative, forming a comparison. A gentle speech can break down any stiff opposition.

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