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Jerub-Baal

In Judges 6:1-32, we read about Gideon’s first encounter with the angel of the Lord.

Gideon asks why the Israelites are suffering under the Midianites.  The Lord reassures Gideon that he will help his people overcome the Midianites.

Then Gideon is ordered to tear down an Asherah pole for a sacrifice.  This ticks off the townspeople, and they demand that Joash–Gideon’s father–give his son up for execution.

Instead, Gideon earns the nickname Jerub-Baal, “let Baal defend” himself.

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