The Gospel According to Gideon
'How the Lord used Gideon foreshadows how the Lord will work salvific victory when 'a child is born, to us a sonis given.''
Israel walked into the future facing backward. She spoke of ‘what would be’ in terms of ‘what had been.’ She longed for a resurrection and transfiguration of her past in the days of the Messiah. Her hope was in a new genesis, a second Adam, an eschatological exodus. Thus, when Israel’s prophets spoke of the messianic day, they painted the future with the colors of her past.
No prophet did this more than Isaiah. He is often dubbed the Fifth Evangelist, for his sermons form the Gospel skeleton to which the four evangelists add the flesh ...