Judges Chapter 7

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Judges 7

1Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.

2And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.

3Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.

4And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.

5So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.

6And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.

7And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.

8So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley.

9And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand.

10But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host:

11And thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to go down unto the host. Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were in the host.

12And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.

13And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along.

14And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host.

15And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the LORD hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.

16And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.

17And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do.

18When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.

19So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands.

20And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.

21And they stood every man in his place round about the camp; and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.

22And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set every man’s sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath.

23And the men of Israel gathered themselves together out of Naphtali, and out of Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and pursued after the Midianites.

24And Gideon sent messengers throughout all mount Ephraim, saying, come down against the Midianites, and take before them the waters unto Bethbarah and Jordan. Then all the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and took the waters unto Bethbarah and Jordan.

25And they took two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan.

 

28 thoughts on “Judges Chapter 7

  1. 2. And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.

    God wanted it to be obvious that He was the one that delivered them, not themselves. Sometimes we pray about a problem, and when God opens a way for us to get through it, we say, “nevermind, God; I fixed it.” He should always get the glory, for we could never have gotten through it if He had not provided the solution.

  2. 2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.

    Our Lord wants to make sure that on EVERYTHING we give Him Glory and Honor!!!! By His Grace we are where we are and by His Grace we will continue. Never find yourself so important that you think that you can do it all without Him.

    Matt 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

    Science, technology, and arrogance of men as they evolve have led them to believe that they can become like creators, to the extend of cloning they offspring. There is only One God, One Creator, and One Savior, Jesus is His Holy Name.

    So remember in ALL that you do, do it unto Him and for His Glory!!!!

  3. iEat The Word for Breakfast

    “PROVE ME”

    Wanted to make quick comment from yesterday’s blog and build on it today.

    yesterday’s scripture…

    And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Take thy father’s young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old

    Its easy to see why the Lord told him to get a bullock that was 7 years old…because that is when their trouble with Midian began.”And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.”

    And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Take thy father’s young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old

    ***Why the second bullock…GOD IS A GOD OF THE TITHE. HE WANTS THE FIRST…(maybe the first had already been used for another purpose other than the tithe)***

    Nevertheless, Gideon took the bullock and the Lord accepted it…maybe it was Gideon’s opportunity to tithe…and Gidion then had a “right” to PROVE the Lord…he just didnt realize it at the time…

    And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me PROVE, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.

    PROVE ME

    Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.s11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts

  4. THE ATTITUDE AND POSTURE OF WARRIORS

    4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.
    5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.
    6 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.
    7 And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.

    In our society with the multiple resources of assistance, credit and savings, the occasion and opportunity for desperate need of GOD is not very frequent. There is not much real need, or opportunity for us be against hard odds.

    Gideon had become confident in the crowd, trusting in the troops, and GOD knew it. The LORD chose to teach Gideon a lesson and try (test) them. GOD tests us at times and we do not even realize that it is GOD testing us.

    6 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.

    There are a few points here.

    1. The posture of the ones that lapped like a dog, were selfish, only focusing on what they could get. They were fully committed to the water and unable to watch and Pray.

    2. The posture of the 300 was more upright, able to watch and Pray, while while gaining resources.

    Attitude = Watch and Pray

    Posture = Kneel and Drink

    iPray
    iWork

  5. v17 And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise :and behold, when I come to the outside of the camp,it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do.

    GOD did not leave us without great leadership
    To lead us into battle.
    Worship and Praise are the weapons we use.
    Praise HIM for the VICTORY this morning
    a our leadership lead us in worship and Praise.

  6. This chapter reveals for power of unity. Gideon started off with thousands of men, but they were not in unity because some were fearful and afraid. The Lord whittled his troops down to just three hunderd. But these men were able to overtake the enemy with trumpets, pitchers and lamps. God can use any tools when there is unity. This should encourage POFW that as long as we are in unity, God can cause us to prevail over the region of Fort Worth with simple tools and we will have victory!!

  7. I find it amazing how we always think that God needs the BEST, the Quickest, the Wisest, when all He does want is a willing heart. 32000 men were there at the begining and after the weeding process 300 were left. That is 31,700 men that were not chosen. I am glad to say that we are all chosen. Just remember that you just might be the one God wants to use, as long as the heart and spirit are right.

  8. 7.3we know that in war as many warriors the
    Better right? This time 32,000 was too many for God’s plan.
    7:5,6 So Godeon took the men down to the watter.There the Lord told him,”separate those who lap the watter with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel down to drink.(6) three hundred men lapped with their hands to their mouths.All the rest got down on their knees to drink
    —–we see the difrence between the two groups:(300) watchful men,always on guard,always being cautious…pn the other hand men not that prepared,not that cautious…….
    (too much to say…..)

  9. God wants people who are fully committed! He had all the non-committed people go home. God can accomplish anything even with a few committed.

  10. In this scripture, we learn an important lesson in regards to not only obeying God, but also a warfare tactic of intimidation. We also saw, the importance once again with sounding trumpets. Praise God, and he will fight your battles for you. “Make Noise Church”…….

    Psalm 9:2-3

    “Be Church”….ipraise…..Mark A. Ridenour…….

  11. iEat The Word for Lunch…because its healthy

    (Judges 7:4) And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.

  12. Math. 17:20 for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

    This chapter tells me about faith. All we need is a little faith, and God will deliver for us. The power of a team, and the unity of a team working together. As a team we go into battle and win. Doing battle on your own, you will fail. Each one of us has a part to do within the team!

  13. Amen. Just have faith. I thank God what He is doing in my life. Thankful for the blog and plan to daily eat the word in the morning to start my day off.

  14. iEat the Word for Supper

    Fear Not

    The faith level of Israel was at a all time low…The opposite of Faith is fear…

    The way you get rid of fear is faith and love. God understood… God said, ”
    10But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant …

    ***Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of the Lord.***
    13And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along.

    14And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host.

    WHAT A DREAM… THE ENEMY PROPHIESED THEIR OWN
    13And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along.

    14And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host.

  15. In God We Trust!

    The Lord will move things out of your path that hinder (doubt, fear, anxiety, depression) you or cause Him not to get all the glory and to test you to see if you will completely trust Him no matter how many are on your side or what the situation looks like.

    Ps3:5-7

    5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

    6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

    7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

  16. This chapter illustrates influence. Gideon prevailed because he submitted to the Lord. This chapter proves that with God less is more, it’s not the quantity (number/size) but the quality (humbleness and servant’s heart). May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  17. I found this scripture quite interesting:
    19So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands.
    I figure that this scripture is saying like the night was put in shifts like some of peoples jobs, something like a shift change every 4-6 hour. They didvided it up in 3 shifts equalling out to be every 4 hours. The first probably beginning @ 6 PM. or so.

  18. Gideon’s Ephod
    Jdg 8:22-27

    After the Midianite war, the people give a share of their plunder to Gideon; one gold earring each. Gideon takes the gold and forms it into an ephod, an article of clothing connected with worshiping God (Ex 28:6). Unfortunately Gideon’s ephod has no such high purpose. Soon after he makes it, the Israelites begin worshiping it. Sometime they contributed to, and Gideon literally made with his own hands. So quickly they forget their miraculous deliverance from the Midianites, so quickly they turn from God to go their own way- a story repeated time after time througout Judges and throughout the history of humanity, and the church as well. God forgives, God delivers. We’re thankful and close to him for a time, but when we soon forget and go our own way -a cycle that God will continue to work to break.

  19. My Mother’s Sons
    Jdg 8:19

    Notice how Gideon identifies these dead men as his brothers: “they are my brothers, the sons of my own mother” Emphasis added) These are the days of multiple wives for one husband, so these specific brothers need to be distingushed from other brothers who have the same father but a different mother.
    When God instituted marriage in the Garden of Eden, his plan was for one man to marry one woman (Gen 2:24). However, early on even the patriarchs had more than one wife, seemingly without disapproval from God. Gideon’s father has several wives, and Gideon himself has “many wives” (Jdg 8:30).
    The teachings of Jesus (Mt 19:4-6; Mk 10:11-12) underscore the benefits and beauty of the marriage of one man and one woman, for life. Paul urges Timothy and Titus to choose leaders who have only “one wife” (1Ti 3:2,12; Titus 1:6), supporting God’s 1st and best choice for marriage.

  20. Ready for Battle
    7:1-8

    Gideon’s army of 32,000 men faces an enemy of enormous porportions and strength (vs12). Gideon bravely moves forward- until God stops him- and tells him that he has too many soldiers. Gideon probably perplexed obeys God and tells all those who are scared about the coming battle to retreat. A “mere” 22,000 leave. What? Still too many soldiers? Another 9,700 are weeded out through the riverbank test.
    Now Gideon is left with 300 soldiers to fight an enemy as numerous as locusts. Foolhardy? Suicidal? Nope, divine. God wants to be sure the Israelites get the lesson and get it crystal clear. A mere 300 men can never conquer so huge an enemy. The Israelites’ victory has nothing to do with their strength or number and everything to do with God’s power and love. the same power and love that is at work today conquering enemies too huge and too powerful for us to fight without the Lord.

  21. Shout the Lord
    vs 20
    So where are their swords and shields? that is if they are equipt with torches covered by jars in their left and trumpets in the right. What hands did they use to hold their weapons? Answer is simple, they didnt need carnal weapons, but that of praise. They literally Shouted to the Lord.
    At the designated moment just like the wall of Jericho, they hold their positions and simultaneously blow therr trumpets and brake their jars so the torches flare; then they roar, A sword for the Lord and for Gideon” Their terrifed enemies turn on each other with their own swords and 12,000 swordsmen are killed that day Jdg8:10.
    Their can be no doubt whatsoever who is the victor in this battle. It is not the brave little band of Israelite soldiers who aren’t even holding weapons. It is not the General Gideon. The Victor is the Lord!

  22. In verses 2-3 in the MSG it mentions….”‘Anyone afraid, anyone who has any qualms at all, may leave Mount Gilead now and go home.” Before going into battle, God had to weed out all the fear and doubt. When the battle was won, there would be no doubt who had brought them through.

  23. 4And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.

    In this verse the thing that stood out to me was the part where it says
    bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: I did study on it and this is what it says: A futher division took place at the water, where the men used two different methods of drinking. Those who bowed on their knees to drink were dissmissed whereas those who lapped with their tongues as a dog lappeth were kept in Gideon’s army.

  24. 6 Only 300 of the men drank from their hands. All the others got down on their knees and drank with their mouths in the stream.

    7 The Lord told Gideon, “With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.” (NLT)

    How are we drinking? Will we be the one’s God chooses to bring victory with?

  25. I want to be in the 300. Stay upright, work hard and do whats right and the Lord will use you like we all pray everyday for him to do. Obviously the Lord likes a gentlemen. Gentlemen would not act like dogs, no matter how thirsty they were. Like a man that has not had a job in a long time, when he gets paid for the fist time in a long time will he tithe or just run for the things he is wanting? Jesus is always watching to see how we react to situations. If we pass the test the first time maybe we wont have to take the test again.

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