5 Parts of the cycle seen in the story:
PART 1 : The Israelites were worshipping the idols and were becoming evil in Gods eyes.
PART 2 : God sent the Midianites and the Amalekites to oppress them for seven straight years.
PART 3 : The Israelites cried out to the Lord and he sent a prophet who said "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 9 I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians. And I delivered you from the hand of all your oppressors; I drove them out before you and gave you their land. 10 I said to you, ‘I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not listened to me."
PART 4 : God came to Gideon and said "the Lord is with you, might warrior". Him and God continue to talk amongst each other about what his task is for the Israelites.
PART 5 : Gideon lead the Israelites to 40 years of peace.
8 Analysis points:
1. Judges 6:11, Gideon is seen as a "rebel" due that he is working against the Midianites by keeping his wheat from them.
2. Judges 6:13 Gideon is questioning that if the Lord is with us then why is this happening to us and does no quite see why it is happening (Most of the Israelites are worshiping idols.).
3. Judges 6:15 Earlier in the chapter God refers to him as the might warrior but then Gideon describes that his tribe is weak and is the smallest in his family.
4. Judges 6:20-22 Gideon is willing to listen to God and is being loyal to him when God is telling him to prepare the food and deliver it to him at the oak tree.
5.Judges 6:27 Gideon is scared of mostly everyone and did the Lords tasks at night (Burning down the altar and in Baal).
6. Judges 7:1 Gideon wakes his men up early in the morning and shows his dedication to the Lords task and got rid of some of his men because he had too many according to Gods plan.
7. Judges 7:14-18 Gideon was willing to listen to his friends dream and was able to interpret it based on what happened that had the same characteristics as real life.
8. Judges 8:1-4 Gideon was consistent with his tasks and even though some people were questioning them him and his tired men continued to fulfill the Lords goal/wish.