Judges 6:19 reads “Gideon went in, prepared a young goat, and from an ephah of flour he made bread without yeast. Putting the meat in a basket and its broth in a pot, he brought them out and offered them to him under the oak.” Using his distorted memory of proper sacrifice, Gideon had prepared a sacrifice suitable for many times the number of angels that he faced. It would be up the Lord to help him through it which he does by pointing to a rock that would become an altar. God was willing to find the positive in Gideon’s heart and accept the worship offering.
The acceptance of the offering and the offering itself were both first steps toward a renewal of the covenant. The second step was Gideon’s realization before whom he had just made this covenant offering. Such was the reason behind Gideon’s naming the altar Yahweh-Shalom “The Lord is Peace”, the reconciled condition of Shalom that would ensue from the restoration.
So Gideon is called as a Judge, to be the agent of restoration between God and His people. He is hesitant to initially take the responsibility but he does upon receiving the sign from God. Is this a pattern he will repeat? Is it a pattern that we continue to repeat?