25 That same night the LORD said to him, "Take the second bull from your father's herd, the one seven years old. Tear down your father's altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it.
26 Then build a proper kind of altar to the LORD your God on the top of this height. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the second bull as a burnt offering."
27 So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the LORD told him. But because he was afraid of his family and the men of the town, he did it at night rather than in the daytime.
28 In the morning when the men of the town got up, there was Baal's altar, demolished, with the Asherah pole beside it cut down and the second bull sacrificed on the newly built altar!
29 They asked each other, "Who did this?" When they carefully investigated, they were told, "Gideon son of Joash did it."
30 The men of the town demanded of Joash, "Bring out your son. He must die, because he has broken down Baal's altar and cut down the Asherah pole beside it."
31 But Joash replied to the hostile crowd around him, "Are you going to plead Baal's cause? Are you trying to save him? Whoever fights for him shall be put to death by morning! If Baal really is a god, he can defend himself when someone breaks down his altar."
32 So that day they called Gideon "Jerub-Baal, " saying, "Let Baal contend with him," because he broke down Baal's altar.
The Lord said to Gideon “Tear down the altar to Baal. Then build a proper kind of altar to the
Lord your God.” And what God told Gideon, God tells each of us.
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Destroy : Whatever belongs to the earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires
Build : As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion,
kindness, humilty, gentleness and patience.
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Destroy : Your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
Build : To be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be
like God in true righteousness and holiness.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
13 Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.
Destroy : Count yourseves dead to sin, do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey
its eveil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness.
Count yourselves alive to God in Christ Jesus. Offer yourselves to God, as those who
have been brought from dealth to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as
instruments of righteousness
For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,
Destroy : The misdeeds of the body.
Build : Be led by the Spirit.
This is what repentance is all about, tearing down our worldly altars, and building a proper
altar to our God. And Gideon did as the Lord told him.
Look at the world’s response in vs 30. “He must die, because he has broken down Baal’s
The world may not respond to our repentance any better. Jesus says; “If you belonged to the
world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen
you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” (John 15:19). “In fact, everyone who
wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” (2 Timothy 3: 12)
Take an inventory, see if there are any idols of your old self still remaining to be