About Gideon In Addition by Pastor Ed Young
Subtraction—there’s a negative aspect to it, wouldn’t you say? Subtracting time from the family, involvement with children and savings from the bank is not good. That is a bad side of subtraction. On the other hand, there’s a positive side to subtraction: subtracting carbs from your diet, strokes from your golf game and hours spent in traffic. That’s a good side, a positive aspect of subtraction.
We’re in a series called STILL COUNTING. Last weekend, I talked about addition. This weekend, we’re talking about subtraction. We discovered that math matters to us, but also, we discovered that math matters to God. And he wants to use us as a major factor in his equation. The cool thing is God’s math always works. Sometimes we don’t always understand it, sometimes we can’t really delve into it like we want to, but he always has an amazing answer.
Well, last time I alluded to a guy named Gideon. About Gideon in addition. Really though, Gideon’s life is all about some supernatural subtraction. Let me ask you a question. What do you need to subtract from your life? What do you need to subtract from your relationships? What do you need to subtract from your career? What do you need to subtract, to take away, to remove, that’s keeping you from becoming the best that God has to offer? We’re going to discover some great stuff about subtraction through the life of Gideon.
And here’s the context of this whole situation. The Midianites were at odds with the Israelites. Don’t you love those names? The Midianites were some tough people. They were desert people. They were people the Israelites should have wiped out a long time ago, but they didn’t. Now they were dominating the Israelites. They had the Israelites so scared, the Israelites were living in caves and holes and dens. They wouldn’t even come out to play because the Midianites would take them out.
Enter our boy, Gideon. Gideon was down in a wine press threshing wheat.
You may be asking, “Ed, what’s threshing wheat? Threshing wheat?”
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