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Judges 6, 7
In Judges 6 and 7 we have God raising up Gideon to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Midianites. Gideon did not think himself to be much, his family was poor and he himself was the least of his father’s house. But when the Lord introduced himself to Gideon he called him a mighty man of valour. Some translations use the wording, “mighty warrior”. God was calling Gideon as he did with Abraham centuries earlier, calling those things which be not as though they were. It is the same with us. Outside of Christ we are nothing, but because we are in Christ and He in us, greater is He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).
In the first three verses of our reading today we see individuals, particular women who ministered to Jesus helping finance his ministry. Another list is given in Matthew 27:55, 56. When Jesus travelled the country side preaching the gospel of the kingdom he was not by himself. His disciples in many cases were with him and in some cases, the families of the disciples were with them. This somewhat large group of people had to be fed, financed if you will, by willing disciples. It is the will of God that believers finance the gospel (1 Corinthians 9:13, 14).