Jacobs Ladder: Episodes 1 – 2: Gideon

DVD Release: December 2, 2003
Jacobs Ladder: Episodes 1 – 2: Gideon


Episode 1: Gideon, Reluctant Hero—The Hebrew people have forgotten about the mighty God of their forefathers. They are being lulled into idol worship by the Midianite conquerors. God calls the young man Gideon to stand up to these oppressors and their false gods. This story will challenge you to lay aside your idols and worship the one true God. Episode 2: Gideon, Warrior by Faith—An angel has told Gideon he will free God’s people from the Midianites. But, with no army and facing outrageous odds, Gideon finds it hard to believe and even harder to act on faith. Watch as God gives Gideon just what he needs to strengthen his faith. In the process, Gideon learns to depend on God to do the impossible.

Dove Review

This series, “Jacob’s Ladder,” features several well-known Bible stories including these two episodes that focus on Gideon. A group of young people in modern times, including a boy named Daniel, travel to the time of Gideon.

In episode one, “Reluctant Hero,” it is revealed that the Hebrews have ceased following God and so God’s divine hand of protection is removed and the Midianites conquer Israel. The Israelites allow a woman of divination named Molakee to frighten them and encourage them to worship Baal and Asherah, false gods. Gideon has enough and encourages people to let go of their fears. The altar to the false goddess Asherah is destroyed.

In episode two, “Warrior by Faith,” Gideon puts out a fleece and asks God to make it wet and keep the ground dry so he will know God wants him to lead the army against the Midianites. Later, Gideon reverses the test and God allows the fleece to be dry but the ground to be wet. Gideon takes on the Midianites with an army of 300 men and a strong faith in God. Paul Amos does a very good job in the role of Gideon. He is believable and sincere.

We are pleased to award our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12+ to these episodes. It nicely combines the history of the Bible with the youth of today!

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: Old Fart-1; Liar-1; Chicken-1.
Violence: A few battles including swords; people struck with sticks; fights; huts set on fire; a threat to break Gideon's neck; an idle threat by an impatient man to cut kids' throats.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: False gods Baal and Asherah are worshipped; woman makes smoke without fire by her divination and makes threats against Gideon and those who don't follow false gods; woman declares God is dead but she learns otherwise.


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Writer: Billy Engel
Director: Billy Engel
Producer: Billy Engel
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter