And he broke down the tower of Penuel and killed the men of the city. 24 Gideon dispatched messengers throughout the mountainous region[l] of Ephraim, notifying them, “Come down to fight Midian. ‣ And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. I know this sounds strange, but as I was thinking about Israel’s strategy here it all seemed so bizarre. by the greatness of your arm they will be as still as stone. So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when they had just set the watch. And how wrong we would be to think this! J 37 Look, I am putting a wool fleece on the threshing floor. Likewise, every one who kneels down to drink.” And the number of those who lapped, putting their hands to their mouths, was 300 men, but all the rest of the people knelt down to drink water. Then take the second bull and offer it as a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah that you shall cut down.”. U N Distant Shores Media/Sweet Publishing. 36 Gideon said to God, “If you really intend to use me to deliver Israel, as you promised, then give me a sign as proof. Gideon sent all the men of Israel back to their homes; he kept only three hundred men. And the hand of Midian overpowered Israel, and because of Midian the people of Israel made for themselves the dens that are in the mountains and the caves and the strongholds. D groups gideon. I will not leave you or forsake you. Baal and Asherah were the “gods” who were supposed to give their worshippers fertility, prosperity, and victory in battle – all of which Israel had forfeited because they did worship them (as the prophet had indicated). Is it the one going off his watch or the one coming on? In my Father's house are many rooms. 12 The Midianites, the Amalekites, and certain groups[g] from the east lay encamped in the valley, as thick as locusts. 7 And the Lord said to Gideon, (F)“With the 300 men who lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hand, and let all the others go every man to his home.” 8 So the people took provisions in their hands, and their trumpets. Our involvement in His work is a privilege, not a necessity. He knew what God had said; he just didn’t quite believe it. Gideon and His 300 Men, Deliverance From Egypt to Israel’s First King, Israel’s First King to Captivity in Babylon, Captivity in Babylon to Rebuilding of Jerusalem’s Walls, Jesus’ Resurrection to Paul’s Imprisonment, Publication download options  |  Bring them down to the water and I will thin the ranks some more. Do as I do! 17 He said to them, “Watch me and do as I do. And as we come to know Him better and to think more like He does, we will be more courageous to pursue those things which bring Him glory (and our good as well). 8 “Indeed, my plans are not like your plans. Bring them down to the water and I will thin the ranks some more. We need to realize that he does not need more effort (at doing good) on our part, but a realization that we have nothing good to bring to Him. Gideon Defeats the Midianites. 1 Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and his men got up the next morning and camped near the spring of Harod. God called the most unlikely man to lead a spiritual revival that began with the destruction of idols. ‣ 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. Where are all his miraculous deeds our ancestors told us about? Everyone is instructed to do as Gideon does. Send everyone else back to their own homes.”[c]. And the camp of Midian was north of them, (C)by the hill of Moreh, in the valley. The rest of the men should go home.” 8 The men who were chosen took supplies and their trumpets. 9 Later that same night, the Lord directed Gideon,[e] “Get up and go down to the Midianite[f] encampment, because I’ve given it into your control. TERMS OF USE Then they yelled, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” 21 They stood in order all around the camp. Then Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said, behold, I am laying a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. When we come to the story of Gideon and his fleece, we are dealing with one of the most popular stories in the Book of Judges. And he sent all the rest of Israel every man to his tent, but retained the 300 men. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. He first requested that God prove His identity. He was certain that this could mean nothing other than a smashing Israelite victory over them (the Midianites). And the Lord of hosts will wield against them a whip, as when he struck Midian at the rock of Oreb. And Gideon said to them, “Let me make a request of you: every one of you give me the earrings from his spoil.” (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.). This would have added to the panic and chaos that occurred when Gideon and his men broke their jars, exposing their torches as they blew their trumpets. 13 When Gideon came, behold, a man was telling a dream to his comrade. It was completed by more than twenty biblical scholars who worked directly from the best currently available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. 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.’”, 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.”, When Gideon came, behold, a man was telling a dream to his comrade. He trusted fully in His Father’s will and suffered the penalty of death for us. This divine deliverance which we have considered in this lesson is a great victory which proclaimed the God of Israel to be the only true God – God alone. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. The good news is that Gideon is not proud, arrogant, or confident in his own abilities. As soon as Gideon died, the people of Israel turned again and whored after the Baals and made Baal-berith their god. 39 Gideon said to God, “Please do not get angry at me, when I ask for just one more sign. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 22 See Ephesians 3:20-21; 1 Corinthians 2:9. And He also reminded them of God’s command not to fear or to worship the gods of the land they were to possess, but they had disobeyed by doing so, and this was the explanation for their oppression. The rest of the men should go home.” 8 The men who were chosen took supplies and their trumpets. We would do well to be more concerned with His glory than what would appear to be our self-centered good.16 We would do well not to dwell on our weakness (though we need to recognize it for what it is) but to dwell more on His sufficiency. And the Midian encampment was below him in the valley. Gideon was extremely worried and discouraged by such a small army of 300 men going up against 135,000 enemy soldiers. And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem. The meat he put in a basket, and the broth he put in a pot, and brought them to him under the terebinth and presented them. When he got up the next morning, he squeezed the fleece, and enough dew dripped from it to fill a bowl. That night the Lord said to him, “Take your father's bull, and the second bull seven years old, and pull down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the Asherah that is beside it and build an altar to the Lord your God on the top of the stronghold here, with stones laid in due order. 10 It would be interesting to know why God specified Purah as the one to accompany Gideon. He immediately fell on his face and worshipped God. And he returned to the camp of Israel and said, “Arise, for the Lord has given the host of Midian into your hand.”, Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us, you and your son and your grandson also, for you have saved us from the hand of Midian.”. 8 Dale Ralph Davis, Such a Great Salvation: Expositions of the Book of Judges (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1990), pp. The translation project originally started as an attempt to provide an electronic version of a modern translation for electronic distribution over the Internet and on CD (compact disk). And they answered, “We will willingly give them.” And they spread a cloak, and every man threw in it the earrings of his spoil. Then Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said, And they said to one another, “Who has done this thing?” And after they had searched and inquired, they said, “Gideon the son of Joash has done this thing.”. Graciously, and without a word of rebuke, God grants his request.4. We know what impact overhearing this dream had on Gideon. What is clear in all this is that the “attack” (if you dare call a 300-man light and sound show an attack) took place at just the perfect time, God’s time. And he sent all the rest of Israel every man to his tent, but retained the 300 men. 7 Then the Lord told Gideon, “I’m going to deliver you with the 300 soldiers who lapped by giving the Midianites into your control. 10 But if you’re afraid to go down there, you may take your servant Purah with you to their encampment, 11 where you will hear what they’re talking about. Good, because with God, less is more. They held the torches in their left hand and the trumpets in their right. In verse 4, God speaks emphatically of His sovereign choice in who stays and who remains. “Look!” he was saying. Böttcher, Christian Eduard – Gideon selects his army of 300 by observing their manner of drinking from a stream – 1908. Therefore on that day Gideon was called Jerubbaal, that is to say, “Let Baal contend against him,” because he broke down his altar. Let me conclude by calling attention to a few of them. And so it came about in the morning that the fleece was wet, and the ground around it was dry, just as Gideon had stipulated.