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Scripture: Judges 6-7
Learning Objective: : Not by might, not by power but by my spirit says the Lord
In this story, the Israelites had turned away from God and were evil. So God gave the Israelites into the hands of the Midianites for 7 years!
Part 1: God reaches out to Gideon
Whenever the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites invaded and ruined the crops. Therefore, the Israelites cried to God for help. This is when Gideon enters the story. An angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon. Gideon questioned why God let Israelites suffer if he was with them! The Lord told him to save Israel. Gideon was still doubtful and he asked for a sign. Gideon said to God, “I will place this fleece on the floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and the ground is dry, I will know that you will save Israel by my hand.” When Gideon woke up, he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water! Gideon wanted another confirmation, so he asked God to make the fleece dry and ground wet. And indeed that happened.
Part 2: God cuts down the Israelite army
The Lord told Gideon that there were too many men and if they won they would boast of their own strength. God said to ask anyone afraid to leave. So 22000 men left, while 10000 remained. But God thought there were still too many people so he told Gideon to bring them to the water to decide. The Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel to drink.” 300 drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink. The Lord was satisfied with the 300 men. So Gideon sent the rest home but kept the 300. At night, the Lord told Gideon to go to the camp and hear what they say to be encouraged. So he went down to the outposts of the camp.
Part 3: Gideon is encouraged and the Israelites win because of God
Gideon arrived when a man was telling a friend his dream. His dream was about a round loaf of barley bread that overturned the tent. His friend responded, “God has given the Midianites into his (Gideon’s) hands.” When Gideon heard this, he bowed down and worshiped. He returned to his camp and divided the 300 men into 3 companies, he placed trumpets and torches in their hands. No swords or weapons were involved! Gideon said “Follow me. When we get there, do exactly as I do.’ When Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp they blew their trumpets and broke the jars that were in their hands. They shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” When the 300 trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other. In the end, the Israelites won, owing their victory to God and not to man.
What can we learn from this lesson?
From this we can see how God will help fight our battles so we do not need to worry unnecessarily. We should pray to God and place our trust in him. In Gideon’s case, the number of people he had did not matter as God fought for Gideon and brought him victory even though he only had 300 men!
Proverbs 21:31- The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.
நீதிமொழிகள் 21:31 குதிரை யுத்தநாளுக்கு ஆயத்தமாக்கப்படும்; ஜெயமோ கர்த்தரால் வரும்.