Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 62/260: Joash

Read Judges 6:28-32

Don’t Defend the Indefensible

We read yesterday that God told Gideon to tear down his father’s altar to a false idol and erect an altar for Him instead, and Gideon obeyed at night “because he feared his father’s household and the men of the city too much” (Judges 6:27). Of course, when the morning light crept over the horizon, his deed was discovered and the men were angry. They said to Joash, Gideon’s father, “Bring out your son, that he may die, because he has torn down the altar of Baal, and because he has cut down the wooden image that was beside it” (Judges 6:30).

Does Joash’s reaction to the men surprise you? Rather than agree with the men of the city and defend his false religion, he challenges them. We know that Joash’s faith before this day was not perfect, as he had allowed himself to be swept up in the religion of Baal. But Gideon’s actions seem to have affected him.

He tells the men, “Would you plead for Baal? World you save him? Let the one who would plead for him be put to death by morning! If he is a god, let him plead for himself, because his altar has been torn down!” Joash finally recognizes the folly of giving allegiance to this false god, an idol that could not possibly defend itself.

Throughout the ages, God has consistently provided evidence of His existence and His power. Consider the strength displayed in the deliverance of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage, or the mastery He showed on Mount Carmel when Elijah challenged Baal’s prophets. Think of all the miracles performed during the first century, during Jesus’ personal ministry and the continued evangelization of the world by the apostles.

Even when one discounts the supernatural, ample evidence is present to show His existence. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

Worldly idols are deaf, dumb, and blind; they are nothing more than “the work of men’s hands,” and those who worship them are deaf, dumb, and blind to the truth (Psalm 135:15-18). We must all wake up, and worship the Creator, rather than our own creations!

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