Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us, you and your son and your grandson also, for you have saved us from the hand of Midian.” Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you; the LORD will rule over you.”
In response to being saved from the hand of Midian, the Israelites desired for Gideon to rule over them. Quite frankly, that seems like a rational response. After all, were it not for the intervention of Gideon, the Israelites would have at best been put in bondage as slaves and at worst, they would have been killed. In light of being rescued from slavery and death, they express their allegiance to Gideon and they desire that he rule over them.
Of course, we see in the verses referenced above that Gideon rightfully redirects their attention and acknowledges it is the LORD who will rule over them. After all, it was the LORD who raised His mighty hand to save the Israelites and it was the LORD who was worthy to receive all the glory.
Have you taken the time lately to reflect on the fact that you also have been granted freedom from slavery and have been rescued from death? And just as the Israelites response was a desire for their rescuer to rule over them, we too should desire that the One who saved us – Jesus Christ – would rule over us.
The Bible teaches that He is faithful to do so. The question for us is, will we humbly submit to His rule and lordship?