The Lord has chosen Gideon to deliver the people of Israel from the oppression of Midian. Before Gideon could do this, idolatry needed to be dealt with. His father possessed large idols to Baal and Asherah. At the Lord’s command Gideon torn down those altars and idols and erects an altar to the Lord on the stronghold of the city. With the cleansing complete, the Lord will rescue his people.
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