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Aim: To conquer every ''king'' set up against King Jesus.
Doctrine: God would have us, His church, conquer ''kings'' for Christ's glory. Christians always face mighty foes that must be brought down; otherwise, we suffer under their oppression.
Exegesis: Three stages in our conquering of kings: first, our pursuit of them must be relentless (vv. 10-12); then, our display of them vindicates God's grace (vv. 13-17); finally, our slaying of them exalts the true God (vv. 18-21).
Further application: How the church is to succeed at conquering kings: we must be doggedly determined to win (in Christ), and we must be zealously aiming for the right goal.
Key verse: v. 21 ''So Zebah and Zalmunna said, 'Rise yourself, and kill us; for as a man is, so is his strength.' So Gideon arose and killed Zebah and Zalmunna, and took the crescent ornaments that were on their camels' necks.''
Rev. Mark Henninger received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and he has been Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois for more than 25 years.