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As a kid, there are lots of children's Bible story books that portray the Gideon's fleece episode in a generally positive light, but really, Scripture doesn't portray it that way.

Sadly, many people's only awareness of the Bible comes from the stories they heard as children, and they think it's perfectly fine to doubt God and put Him to the test, because hey, Gideon did it! But Gideon (like many of the Judges) wasn't exactly a sterling example for us to follow.

Thank you for your careful exegesis.

There is a strong resonance here with Balaam's response in Numbers 22. For an excellent exposition (echoing some of Block's thoughts above) see Walter Moberly's treatment of it in Prophecy and Discernment (Cambridge University Press, 2006), pp.138-149.

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