Free online resources based on the Biblical the story of Gideon. His story can be found in your Bible in the book of Judges. See below for links to sermons, songs, stories and entertaining sites for Gideon’s story.
Then the angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!” — Judges 6:11-12 <NLT>
Less than a generation after the death of Joshua, God’s people were already turning to idolatry and disobedience. They had forgotten their covenant with God and lost His protection. This was not God’s will for his chosen people, so he raised up judges to rescue his people from the oppression of nearby nations. One of these was Gideon.
Gideon was threshing wheat in secret to hide it from the Midianites when an angel appeared to him and declared, “You mighty warrior. God is with you.”
Gideon was perplexed by this greeting because he did not see himself as a mighty warrior, and the conditions of his people did not seem to indicate that God was with them at all. He protested that he was the the least of his family and clan. How could he save them?
One of the awesome attributes of God is that He can take the most insignificant person in the eyes of the world, and make them a king, queen, prophet or mighty warrior. All He needs is a willingness and faith. And although Gideon required some symbolic assurances, God had found His champion.
Gideon gathered his forces and prepared to attack the Midian army that was encamped just to the North. But God told him he had too many warriors. Gideon instructed all those that were afraid to go back home. Fear is the opposite of faith and can be quite destructive. Left with just 10,000, God told Gideon that his army was still too big. God wanted to make sure that when He gave them the victory, there could be no doubt it was because God was fighting for them. At a spring, God instructed Gideon to divide the troops based on the way they drank the water. The 300 that cupped the water in their hands and then drank were selected as Gideon’s army.
Facing a massive army too large to count, Gideon’s 300 men attacked at night armed with torches, horns and clay jars. At the appointed time they broke the jars, blew their horns, raised their torches and shouted, “A sword for the Lord and Gideon!”
In the panic that ensued, the Midianites turned on each other and there was a massive slaughter. God saved His people from the Midianites. But the victory was short-lived. Not long after Gideon’s death, the Children of Israel turned away from God and His protection once again.
The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength. — Judges 7:2 <NLT>
Read Gideon’s Story in five popular translations – AMP, KJV, HCSB, NIV, The Message:
Gideon – Key Events In His Life
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Children’s Bible Stories – Scriptures and Adaptations on Gideon’s Story
The Story of Gideon and His Three Hundred Soldiers – A story based on Judges 6-8.
The Story of Gideon – Paraphrase from Judges 6-8
Gideon’s Little Army – PDF slide show of Gideon’s story
Gideon – Easy-to-read version
Gideon – Moody Bible story – Video featuring an illustrated and narrated filmstrip from 1955
Gideon Bible Story – Cute video for those with short attention spans
Gideon and His Brave Three Hundred – The story of Gideon.
Gideon Bible Story – A paraphrase of Gideon’s story.
Children’s Activities, Crafts, Coloring Pages, Music, Plays & Poetry for Gideon’s Story
Gideon’s Victory With 300 Men – A brief lesson with a instructions to make a paper “clay jar” for Gideon’s story.
Gideon Lesson 15 – A trumpet craft idea
Gideon – Lesson and craft ideas
The Call of Gideon – Story and activity pages
Gideon’s Trumpets – Story, coloring and activity pages
Gideon – A word search
Gideon’s Battle With Trumpets and Lamps – Coloring page, short story and questions.
The Calling of Gideon – Activity and coloring pages based on God calling Gideon.
Gideon’s Army of 300 – Activity and coloring pages on Gideon’s victory.
Children’s Sermons & Lessons on Gideon
Hiding From the Enemy – A summary of Gideon’s story
Gideon Listens To God – A lesson from Mission Arlington
Gideon – Sunday school lesson for preschoolers
Gideon – Daily devotion ideas
Gideon Lesson Plan – Bible lesson outline, activities and crafts
Gideon – Brave and Mighty – Gideon Bible Lessons, Crafts and Activities for Sunday School
Devotions, Discussions & Sermons and Other Resources About Gideon
Gideon – Links to more resources on Gideon
Spiritual Lessons From Gideon’s Victory – A lesson on Gideon’s victory
Gideon: Disciple Lessons from the Bronze Age – A comprehensive study of Gideon’s call, victory and life
Gideon and the Power of Weakness (Part 1) – A Bible lesson on Gideon
Gideon and the Power of Weakness (Part 2) – Gideon Bible lesson continued.
10 Lessons On Gideon – A study on Gideon by Jim Canter.
Gideon – Secular references to Gideon
Midian and Midianites – Information from the Jewish Encyclopedia
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