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Reasons Not to Look for Signs

Posted by Daniel Edwards on November 28, 2009

Many of us, as we read the story of Gideon, are tempted to think that because Gideon sought God’s will through a miraculous sign then so should we. However, as J.I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom point out in their book, Guard Us, Guide Us, they break down several reasons why this is not a correct assumption. They are as follows:

1. Most of the Bible had not yet been composed in Gideon’s day (the books of Moses and maybe Joshua) and there is no reason to think that country-boy Gideon would have had access to what there was.

2. Gideon’s situation was significantly different than our own: he had already been visited by an angel of God. Also, the fate of a nation was being decided, not a personal decision as in our own experiences.

3. Gideon was asking for reassurance, whereas when we “put out a fleece” we are coming dangerously close to what Jesus called putting God to the test (Matthew 4:7, citing Deutoronomy 6:16).

4. “…to treat the Old Testament account of someone’s action or experience as a model for ourselves without taking into account the difference made by the coming of Jesus, and the completing of revelation, and the writing of canonical Scripture, plus the present reality of the full post-Pentecost ministry of the Holy Spirit, is always a mistake.”

5. “Laying down a fleece” may easily be a sign of laziness with almost no character development.

6. When the Antichrist comes, he will be accompanied by “many signs and wonders”.
(taken from pages 39-44)

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