When they cried out to the because of Midian,
the sent a prophet to the Israelites. He said, “This is what the , the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of slavery in Egypt.
I rescued you from the Egyptians and from all who oppressed you. I drove out your enemies and gave you their land.
I told you, ‘I am the your God. You must not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you now live.’ But you have not listened to me.”
Then the angel of the came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites.
The angel of the appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the is with you!”
“Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”
Then the turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!”
“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”
The said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”
Gideon replied, “If you are truly going to help me, show me a sign to prove that it is really the speaking to me.