Under the Terebinth Tree

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“Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abizerite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress.” Judges 6:11, NKJV

The Bible says the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree on Joash’s property where Gideon was working that day.

Terebinth trees are mentioned several times in the Bible.  A terebinth tree is similar to an oak tree, according to an article in The Jewish Encyclopedia,  and “originally denoted large, strong trees .”

One sturdy tree or stand of such trees provided shade, indicated the presence of water, and served as a convenient topographical landmark, before days of modern-day maps.

A good place to put down roots. A comfortable place to live one’s life, in the shade of a tree.

That’s exactly where the Angel of the Lord confronted Gideon.

Where He revealed a daring new plan to Gideon, where it took more than a little convincing of the reluctant warrior and future judge to get onboard.

Biblical scholars designate such an appearance of the Angel of the Lord as a miraculous visitation of the preincarnate Jesus Christ, in an event called a theophany.

This theophany didn’t occur on a high, holy festival day or even a Sabbath day, when Gideon might have been meditating on or worshipping God.

No, it was just an ordinary workday while Gideon was down in a hole, doing what he needed to do. Albeit, it was in a difficult time of Israel’s history when the Midianites ruled Israel and times were hard. Kind of like today.

What about you? Has God confronted you at your own terebinth tree?

Has God ever asked you to do something difficult, uncomfortable, or perhaps even “dangerous” for Him when you weren’t expecting it? We’d love to hear about your terebinth experience.

When believers share faith stories, it affirms our belief in the greatness of our God– our God is always at work! (All stories and comments appreciated.)

Lookin’ up,


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