Few Friends-Only Associates

“And the men of Ephraim said unto him, why hast
thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when
thou wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they
did chide with him sharply.
And he said unto them, what have I done now in
comparison of you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes
of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer?”  Judges 8:1&2.

In life we like to think we have many friends. This is a false assumption on the part of those who believe they do have people who are friends. When dealing with our contemporary in fact must be kept in our mind and it is that those around us are only concerned with themselves and what now seems important to their lives.

A “friend” could be described as a close companion, confidant or someone we can trust who would have our best interest at heart. When these definitions are observed then it can very quickly be noticed we have very few friends.

The word “associate” can easily be defined as a helper, or ally or a confederate in some task. The closeness is always in the meaning. Some of the examples in our society is a political party. candidate for a graduate of a school such as a high school or a university. There are many examples of several kinds of associates in business or a fraternal organization.

If there was a way to give a percentage of the associates each of us have, I would say that 99% of individuals who we come in contact with are associates. There is no data to support what I stated but this conclusion comes from observations of my daily life.

When Bible stories are read we must look for the appropriate fit into our life. In this way God speaks to us directly. The liberals and progressives do not see the point of these stories as set forth. You will hear stupid remarks spoken by the infidels, progressives and “learned” church leaders, who will downplay these inspired stories from the Holy Spirit.

Each of the accounts have a specific reason for being in the Bible. When a teacher, minister or lecturer downplays these events  –  then leave yourself as quickly as possible from that place. The blotch of unbelief will trash your mind and your very soul.

In II Peter 1:20,21, we are told all scripture comes from the Divine source:

“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture
Is of any private interpretation.
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of
man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved
by the Holy Ghost.”

There are people who we should never give any credibility since they are not our friends but only associates. These people must be kept at a distance for our well-being. Personally, it seems we should quickly retaliate with our words for two reasons. First, the evil one knows that you will rise up and fight when words are used against you personally. Jesus did just this when he was accused. John 18:35,36, is such a passage:

“Pilate answered, am I a Jew? Thine own nation and
the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what
hast thou done
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if
my kingdom were of this world, then would my
servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the
Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.”

Second, others had to head his remarks. In John 19:10,11, he was forceful in his rebuke:

“Then saith Pilate unto him, speakest thou not unto
me? Knowest thou not unto me? Knowest thou not
that I have power to crucify thee, and have power
to release thee.

Jesus answered, thou couldest have no power at all
against me, except it were given thee from above
therefore, he that delivered me unto thee hath the
greater sin.”

It is my belief that, as a Christian we must return the attack at once. The idea the Christian must be a wimp and soft-minded is not true.

Take up your sword, mentally and physically.  Let Satan and his demons feel the wrath of God.

You can only do this if you know the Holy Scripture. Honestly, most so called Christians are not capable of taking the fight to the progressives, liberals and “learned” church leaders who are not able to stand up and fight. Christians for the most part will not condemn sin. Here is a small list which you will not hear condemned from the pulpit:

• Theft
• Socialism,
• Fornication,
• Adultery,
• Gluttony,
• Cursing, worship of money,
• Non-Bible reading,
Missionary Work,
• Tithing of funds, and
• Work ethics.

There is a reason why no voice is heard. People would rather not have these discussions about sin in their life. Another bold excuse is that – if the ministers and pastors begin speaking on these sins; then their position will be in jeopardy, the housing allowance will be no more, and their prestige will be removed.

The price must be paid for the sins of our culture soon. The evil muslims, coupled with the rampant desire for self-gratification and well-being about a crisis – that should be the desire of any one. The lies we have been told by our leaders, progressive teachers and huge corporations must come to a violent head. Read the story of Gideon with an intelligent eye so we can know what will happen.

The followers of Jesus must become soldiers who will fight for what is right.



The conflict with Gideon’s army of 300 was over. God using Gideon overcame the Midianites. It was now a mapping-up affair. Yet there was only criticism by some of Israelites of Gideon. When we read about this in Judges 8:1,2, we are puzzled.

“And the men of Ephraim said unto him, why has
thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when
thou wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they
did chide with him sharply.

And he said unto them, what have I done now in
comparison of you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes
of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer?”

These Israelites did not praise Gideon for his victory, but they told him you should have called upon us. This was arrogant. The issue was simple.  If it was right to fight Midian then when would their leaders who rise up against Midian? This was a typical remark for a lazy human to make when someone else pays the price and takes action against evil. This happens again and again in society. Expect this response from worldlings.

At this point Gideon became sarcastic with others who did not fight. It was meant to be a cutting remark and it was. They were from the tribe of Ephraim, who were a large group of the sons of Abraham. Gideon knew who these people were really like. As a person you have come across simple whiners, complainers and gamblers. These people always make remarks about good events.

CONTROL URGE TO SPEAKReally, what Gideon was stating – was for them to shut up!



This man who was doing God’s will immediately told them that Midian was defeated so do not slant the haranguing. Even the main warrior had been captured. Gideon had left the two Midian
captains to be dealt with later – Judges 8:3, gives us the details:

“God hath delivered into your hands the princes of
Midian, Oreb and Zeeb: and what was I able to do
in comparison of you? Then their anger was abated
toward him, when he had said that.”

In short, Gideon said, “You Did NOT help!”

When the powerful 300 came to the Jordan River chasing he enemy he asked the leaders of  Succoth for food. This comment was hurtful since all of the Midian army was not conquered thy would not supply food. Judges 8:4,5, gives the reply.

“And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over,
and the Three hundred men that were with
him, faint, yet pursuing them.
And he said unto the men of Succoth, Give, I pray
you, loaves of bread unto the people that follow
me; for they be faint, and I am pursuing after
Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian.”

You see, Gideon was not a willy-nilly person. He had a memory. The price would be paid. He went to another group for food. They refused. See what Gideon promised in Judges 8:7-9.

“And Gideon said, therefore when the Lord hath
delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand
then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the
wilderness and with briers.
And he went up thence to Penuel, and spake unto
them likewise: and the men of Penuel answered
him as the men of Succoth had answered him.
And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying,
when I come again in peace, I will break down this
A promise was made. Again we are told Gideon was the victor in Judges 8: 10-12, for his victory. There was a total defeat of Midian.

“Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and
their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men,
all that were left of all the hosts of the children of
the east: for there fell an hundred and twenty
thousand men that drew sword.
And Gideon went up by the way of them that dwelt
on tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and
smote the host: for the host was secure.
And when Zebah and Zalmunna fled, he pursued
After them, and took the two kings of Midian, Zebah
and Zalmunna, and discomfited all the host.”

The rich and powerful never get into the fight for survival. They were busy creating wealth for themselves. Here was Gideon a man who had no military training defeating a vastly outnumbered kingdom.

There is the mental attitude among people that tries to unsuccessfully state the only way to overcome evil is the ballot box or write a letter to the editor. This borders on stupidity. Ballot boxes can be rigged. Letters to a periodically are trashed and forgotten the next day.

Yet this method of complaining is used. Many times against politicians this is the way to get change to get results. Laughable! Humorless! Funny! To those who have read this blog so far understand to obtain change some sort of force must be used plus publicity contrary to the position of the rich and powerful. You should know that David and Gideon never volunteered for their task. In Psalms 89:26, the writer’s states this:

“He shall cry unto me, thou art my father, my God,
and the rock of my salvation.”

You, as a reader, can emulate the story of Gideon with the enemies of Jehovah, God.

First, respond to evil.  Second, tell the truth.  Third, meet force with force.  Fourth, we have few friends – but many associates.





“I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s table land,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where those abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s table land,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.


August 7, 2016



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