From Press to Praise
Jg 6:11 ¶ And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.
We live in a pressure filled world. All of us feel the pressure of our everyday life, we can relat to what Gideon was facing on this day as he was threshing his wheat.
Into The Press
A press is a device that has been used for centuries to squeeze the juice from grapes for wine or the oil from olives. Some of these devices were extremely crude yet simple, being a just a vessel to contain the fruit while an individual would trample the fruit squeezing out all of its goodness. Other devices were a little more complex, being a container with a lid that could be slowly screwed down a little at a time to squeeze out the goodness.
Gideon has been driven into the press by his enemies the Midianites. He had been terrorized by the Midianites for so long and his crops stolen so many times that he was living in fear of his enemy.
Satan, our enemy, loves to put us in the press and begin to apply pressure to our lives. His purpose is do drain every bid of goodness and everything of quality from our souls. Something similar happened to Peter, "Lu 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:". Satan was going to attempt to drain everything that was good from Peter, as he will in our lives as well. Slowly, but steadily adding to the pressure of our lives hoping to drain away the grace of God from our lives till all that is left is worthless.
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