In the sixth chapter, the Lord identifies Gideon as a champion who will save Israel, saying to him through an angel, "Go with the strength you have and save Israel from the power of Midian. It is I who send you."
After protesting his unworthiness, Gideon consents to leading an army. But the army is too big, and the Lord tells Gideon, “You have too many soldiers with you for me to deliver Midian into their power, lest Israel vaunt itself against me and say, 'My own power brought me the victory.' Now proclaim to all the soldiers, 'If anyone is afraid or fearful, let him leave.'”
When Gideon puts his soldiers to this test on the mountain, twenty-two thousand of them leave, but ten thousand remain.
Again the Lord tells Gideon to reduce their numbers. Gideon leads them down to the water to drink and dismisses all who kneel to drink directly from the water. He keeps only the 300 who lapped the water from their cupped hands.
Gideon then leads the 300 to the Midian camp, where it was said they were, "as numerous as locusts" and their camels as plentiful as "the sands on the seashore."
But the three hundred men keep blowing the horns, and throughout the camp the Lord sets the sword of one against another. The Midian army flees as far as Beth-shittah in the direction of Zarethan, near the border of Abel-meholah at Tabbath.
As Gideon pursues the Midians, he turns to those supposed to be allies for help feeding his few soldiers. But they turn him away, taunting him. Gideon responds, "I will grind your flesh in with the thorns and briars of the desert." To others who likewise deny him help he says, "When I return in triumph, I will demolish this tower." Gideon captures the Midian leaders and makes good on his threats.
Todd Akin is a devout Christian and the story of Gideon is well known to him. Like Gideon, Akin has overcome long-shot odds and the contempt of his supposed allies.
Twelve years ago in his primary
race for the House of Representatives, Akin won a five-way race by 56 votes
while the two frontrunners attacked each other. Of that election Akin said,
"My base will show up in earthquakes." During the recent Republican primary, Akin
consistently appeared third in polls while the top two candidates attacked each
other. This time he bested them by thousands of votes.
It is said that Akin believes God has called him to run. We can't speak to the truth of this, but if Akin defeats Sen. McCaskill tomorrow, it may be worth consideration. For those presumed allies in the GOP who dismissed him or derided him, here's hoping Akin is more merciful than his Biblical predecessor.
11/5/2012 3:57:51 PM
Answering individual aggression with government aggression will not lead us to the society we desire.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is wrong when it says that Kansas is going to fall of a fiscal cliff with its pro-growth tax reforms, and that Missouri will do the same if it follows the same path.
Randy Georges Sr. moved to the U.S. to obtain a good education; now, he may have to move across town so his kids can have the same opportunity. This is a sad state, especially when alternatives, such as giving families private school options, exist.
Missouri has at least two chances to win the Border War.
The state’s foundation formula for K-12 education is currently underfunded. Some are calling for more spending, but freedom, not money, is the answer to our problem.
Should Missouri and other states accept an offer of “free money” from Uncle Sam to expand the Medicaid program in their states? Instead of acting as enablers of fiscal profligacy, Missouri and other states should say “no.”
Conservatives ought to consider these items before ceding state power to the federal government.
Proposition B might have brought some much-needed funding for education, but voters turned down the measure. The “no” vote may actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise if legislators act on the need to address school funding issues.
Letters regarding Jacob Turk's race for Congress.
Missouri and Kansas have maintained a steady rivalry for decades, but Kansas' latest tax reforms have changed the competitive landscape between the two states — decidedly in Kansas' favor.
The state board of education voted to grant provisional accreditation to the Saint Louis Public School District, which is the correct decision, but this distinction will mean very little to schools or students.
Subsidies to Ballpark Village and other big-city sports complexes are a gift to some of our wealthiest citizens — sports team owners — that provide little or no broader economic benefit.
Strong teachers’ unions in large public school districts with multiple failing schools will do everything possible to maintain their jobs and benefits. If it is to happen, major reform must come from outside the existing system — through increased competition and choice.
Taxpayer-funded lobbying for local government entities likely will not be banned so it is time to create transparency so citizens can see how their money is being spent.
Despite a final judgment in the school transfer case, the issue remains unresolved and neither taxpayers nor students will benefit.