Electing the Weak

“And he said to him, ‘Excuse me, Lord, in what way can I deliver Israel? Behold, my clan is the most insignificant in Manasseh and I am the youngest in my father’s house.”

(Judges 6:15)

Gideon’s words are reminiscent of the later words of Micah’s prophesy about the birth of Christ — “But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathah, who are too little to be of the clans of Judah, from you I will bring to myself a ruler over Israel — and his coming forth will be from ancient times, even from eternity.” How God loves to work through the weak things of the world to do his mighty works, for in this way, God’s hand is most seen moving in this world. Is this indeed not what the Apostle Paul wrote?

“But the foolish things of the word, God elected in order to shame the wise. And the weak things of the world, God elected in order to shame the strong. And the insignificant things of the world as well as that which is despised, God elected — that which is not, in order to nullify that which is — so that no one may boast in the flesh in the presence of God.”

(1 Corinthians 1:27-29)

Thus, even the Gospel — the good news that changed the entire world — is described in the same way. What a marvelous God we have, but notice, he is also a God who will not share his glory with any and so the proud and the mighty, God topples on their ear in favor of using the weak and insignificant in the eyes of men.

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