Judges 8:1-21 — “Why have you treated us so badly? Why weren’t we invited?” These were the accusations thrown in Gideon’s face by the men of Ephraim as he was pushing for final victory against the Midianites. Gideon not only had to deal with the enemy without, but also opposition from within – from the very people he was fighting for.
The men of Ephraim were motivated by pride and jealousy and these two enemies continue to pose a threat to God’s people. We see this in the New Testament and we see it in our churches and in our families today. With Jesus’ help and for his sake, we mustn’t give these enemies an inch!