A Long Time Coming
We have been in Judges for a while now and because of extenuating life circumstances, much longer than I intended but we are going to finish up with Gideon today. What? Did I hear cheering out there?? 😉
I have loved our time with Gideon! I hope you have, too!
As you read today’s passage, think about Gideon’s obedience as you read.
Judges 7:9-21 ESV
That same night the LORD said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have given it into your hands. But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant. And you shall hear what they say, and
afterwardyour hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp. Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outposts of the armed men who were in the camp. And the Midianites, and the Amalekites and all the people of the East lay along the valley like locusts in abundance, and their camels were without number, as the sand that is on the seashore in abundance. When Gideon came, behold, a man was telling a dream to his comrade. And he said, “Behold, I dreamed a dream, and behold, a cake of barley tumbled into the camp of Midian and came to the tent and struck it so that it fell and turned it upside down,so that the tent lay flat.” And his comrade answered, “This is no other than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; God has given into his hand Midian and all the camp.”
As soon as Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped. And he returned to the camp of Israel and said, “Arise, for the LORD has given the host of Midian into your hand.” And he divided the 300 men into three companies and put trumpets into the hands of all of them and empty jars, with torches inside the jars. And he said to them, look at me and do likewise. When I come to the outskirts of the camp, do as I do. When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then blow the trumpets also on every side of all the camp and shout, ‘For the LORD and for Gideon.'”
So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp and at the beginning of the middle
watch,when they had just set the watch. And they blew the trumpets and smashed the jars that were in their hands. Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the jars. They held in their left hands the torches,and in their right hands the trumpets to blow. And they cried out, “A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!” Every man stood in his place around the camp and all the army ran. They cried out and fled.
More Fighting to Do
The Israelites had more fighting to do to win this war, but God had shown them and Gideon, that clearly He was with them and that they would have the victory.
Gideon lived to a good old age and then died and was buried with his father.
Obiedence of Gideon
What I want to focus on today is Gideon’s obedience. You can see in the above text, the amazing fruit of Gideon’s obedience to God. This story started in the winepress, right? God called Gideon and called him to be His mighty man of valor! That was not how Gideon saw himself at all but he learned to trust God and then he obeyed God. And as we see – God gave Midian into Gideon’s hand – with 300 men, 300 jars, 300 trumpets and 300 torches. Wow!
Obviously, odds do not effect God’s planning and how He does things. Actually, He often chooses to work when the odds are against His people. He can do whatever He wants to and He can do it how He wants to do it!
What a mighty God we serve!!!
Things to Ponder:
- God has the BIG picture but He is all about details, too. After all, they come together to form the big picture, don’t they? trumpets, jars, torches…details
- I wonder how many times I have not been obedient and missed a “Gideon” kind of amazing experience with God?
- I/We must learn to know Him and know His voice so that we can immediately obey Him. I/We do not want to miss what God has for me/us to do!