Under Gods Command
 
Judges 8:22-27 The Israelites said to Gideon, “Rule over us – you, your son and your grandson – because you have saved us out of the hand of Midian.” But Gideon told them, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The LORD will rule over you.” And he said, “I do have one request, that each of you give me an ear-ring from your share of the plunder. “ (It was the custom for the Is…hmaelites to wear gold earrings. They answered, “Well be glad to give them. “So they spread out a garment and each man threw a ring from his plunder onto it. The weight of the gold rings he asked for came to seventeen hundred shekels, not counting the ornaments, the pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings of Midian or the chains that were on their camels neck. Gideon made the gold into an ephod, which he placed in Ophrah, his town. All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it there and it became a snare to Gideon and his family. Those who were very wealthy put ornaments on their camels as a way of displaying their riches. Women wore vast amounts of jewelry as well often up to 15 pairs of earrings, Jewelry was also worn for good luck. After Gideon’s rise to power he seems to have become carried away with this accumulation of wealth. Eventually it led the Israelites to idolatry.
 
Gideon probably had good motives for making the ephod (a visible remembrance commemorating the victory). Unfortunately, the people began to worship the ephod as an idol.
 
Let’s Bring it home: Sadly, many decisions that stem from good motives produce negative results. Perhaps no one stops to ask, “What might go in your plans and decisions, take time to anticipate how a good idea might lead to a potential problem

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