Gideon made the gold into an ephod, which he placed in Ophrah, his town. All Israel prostituted themselves by worshipping it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and his family. (Judges 8:27)


The story of Gideon does not have a happy ending.

Gideon put himself in a spiritual position which was impossible for God to bless.

The ephod was a precious tunic, worn by the priests when they were seeking God’s will for the people. That robe Gideon acquired for himself. He installed his own worship service. Not in Shiloh, as God had ordained, but in Ophrah. Not performed by the Levites but by Gideon himself. In doing so, Gideon disobeyed God’s order.

He had been called to be a leader, not a priest. God anoints whom He appoints. It is very dangerous to take upon ourselves all the different ministries that God has appointed in His Church. That can lead to pride and dictatorship. It became a snare to Gideon, however well-intentioned it may have been.

Work with whatever talents God has given you and do not covet other people’s gifts. God will reward that attitude with His full blessing.

Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission.



  1. It is a dangerous thing for anyone to enter into offices for which they are not appointed. However, I’ve personally studied the story of Gideon and I believed he had a happy ending. The ephod which he made and put in his city was definitely wrong but that was not how he ended because through out his lifetime the bible clearly stated that idolatry worship was abolished from the land. It was to his credit that idolatry worship was only brought back after his death (Judges 8:33). This was how the man ended. I believe names like David, Saul and Hezekiah should also have been mentioned because some of them are better examples of men guilty of usurping offices for which they were not anointed. David made more egregious blunders than Gideon that should have removed them from the throne but God decides to show him mercy not because his own blunder was less severe. David usurped the priestly office so many times and even ate the shew bread meant only for priest. To be candid, he did overstepped his boundary but God was silent about his blunders because of His sure mercies, whereas men like king Saul where destroyed. But the bottom-line or the crux of the matter is that we should never usurp offices that we have no anointing to occupy, let everyone according to Paul abide in his calling wherein he has been called. and we shouldn’t seek to be like so-an-so. Apostle Paul said those who measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves among themselves are not wise!

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