Which is more powerful, the passage with dialogue or the passage without? You be the judge!
One day the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and told him that he was a mighty warrior. But Gideon didn’t understand why he would say that and so Gideon questioned the angel. In reply, the angel assured Gideon that the Lord was sending him to save Israel. None-the-less, Gideon doubted his own abilities and felt that he was the weakest person God could choose for such an important task. The Lord assured Gideon, though, that he would go with him.
When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
“But sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian.”
The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
“But Lord,” Gideon asked, “how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
The Lord answered, “I will be with you.”
(From Judges 6:12-16, NIV)
-contributed by Nancy I. Sanders