Bible Heroes: Gideon Coloring Book
By Carine Mackenzie
This coloring activity book is ideal for the child who is looking for something a little bit more demanding. With the extra detail and block words for coloring in, this book challenges children to develop their hand eye coordination that little bit further. Recommended for ages 6 to 8.
Gideon: Tuba Warrior, VeggieTales DVD
Tu-ba or not tu-ba? Based on the biblical story of Gideon, this hilarious tale of an undefeated army of 30,000 excessively hairy and malevolent pickles stars Larry the Cucumber---whose expertise on the tuba hardly translates into anything that could be called warrior wisdom! How will Gideon and his puny recruits escape a jarring fate and defeat their "dilly" of a foe? Approx. 45 minutes. Available Nov. 2006.
Gideon Defeats the Midianites
judge: (in lesson context) a leader God provided to free Israel from danger and keep the peaceLesson
Judges 6-8'Gideon thought the Lord had forgotten them. At that very moment he was secretly threshing grain down in the winepress instead of out in the open air where the Midianites could see him..." Read the full lesson Text
Object Lesson: bring a flashlight and an opaque container that it will fit in. Show how the sudden breaking of the jug and the appearance of the light would be frightening to the sleeping Midianties.
Object Lesson: Before the lesson, place a bowl of water in front of each child. Begin telling the lesson. When you come to the part in the lesson when God tells Gideon to watch the men as they drink water from the river, have the children drink the water in front of them. Tell them to pretend that they are at the river getting a drink, so they can't pick up the bowl. After they start drinking, point out those children that would have been eliminated to go to war with Gideon and those who would have been chosen to go to war. Continue with lesson. (Thanks to Nancy Wright)
Worksheet: Gideon's Army Prepares for War
Discussion: Compare Barak's need for Deborah to Gideon's
need for signs. God does not reprimand Gideon's requests, instead He
fulfills them. What is the difference? Barak refused to trust in
God's help, even though he was hearing God's will from a prophetess.
Instead he put his trust in Deborah. Gideon wasn't questioning God's
ability to save Israel. Gideon wanted to be certain that God was
with him. Since God had withdrawn from Israel for a long time, it's
not unusual that Gideon would want to be sure of God's will. God
rewards those who strive to be sure they are truly pleasing to Him.
He provides all the evidence we need to believe in Him. God never
asks for blind faith, but for an obedient response to the truth when
we hear it. Are we striving to know God's will?