And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained to Joash the Abiezrite…
I. THE CHIEF FEATURES OF SUCH LOOKS.
1. An implied promise (Jeremiah 24:6).
2. An implied encouragement.
3. An implied help.
II. THE CHIEF CONDITIONS FOR THEIR BESTOWAL.
1. Cultivation of various graces — love and obedience, contrition and reverence, godliness, hope, and uprightness.
2. Attitude of expectancy. If God is looking down to bless us, we must look up to meet His gaze. Our attitude must be, "As the eyes," etc. Our determination must be, "In the morning will I," etc. Then our history will be, "They looked unto Him," etc.
III. THE CHIEF PURPOSE OF THESE LOOKS — accompanied by a command: "Go." Do you ask, where? Go anew and daily in faith and penitence, to a Father's footstool, and as by faith you know He is looking graciously on you in Christ, go to the discharge of your daily duties in the might of His strengthening grace, and the Lord will go before you. Go through the obstacles which have hitherto impeded you.
Parallel VersesKJV: And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.
WEB: The angel of Yahweh came, and sat under the oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained to Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.