Just after midnight, at the beginning of the second watch, when Gideon and the hundred with
him reached the edge of the Midianite camp, they blew the ram’s horns and broke the clay pots. Then
the rest of them did the same.
They held the blazing torches in their left hands and the ram’s horns in their right, then they all
shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!”
Each warrior stood in his own place. They looked at each other in alarm. The spaces between
each warrior was enough for everything to go wrong. They watched as their enemies panicked and
scrambled to escape.
When the Israelites blew their horns, the Lord caused the Midianites, Amalekites, and
Easterners to slaughter themselves. Gideon looked and saw the man called Ishbak and his friend strike
out at each other. Those who weren’t killed fled to places as far away as Beth-Shittah near Zererah and
to the borders of Abel-Melohah near Tabbath. In their hearts, the Israelites were praising God, Jehovah-Shammah! Jehovah-Nissi! Jehovah Shalom! which means ‘God is there! God is my victory! God is my peace!’
Then Gideon called the warriors of Naphtali, Asher, and Manasseh to join in chasing the enemy
army. He sent messages to Ephraim, saying, “Attack the Midianites. Protect the crossings of the Jordan.”
And the Ephraimites responded to Gideon accordingly. They captured the Midianite army commanders
and killed Oreb at the place known as the ‘Rock of Oreb’. They killed Zeeb a little farther at the
‘Winepress of Zeeb’.
And they continued to chase the Midianites. The heads of Oreb and Zeeb were brought to
Gideon, who was by the Jordan.
Following instructions: reiterating the fact that we should always follow instructions meticulously.
God’s way: His way is best and we should always let His will be done in our lives.
Allies: it is important to have people who will always support us and help us in our times of need;
1 Samuel (David and Jonathan); 2 Kings (Elijah and Elisha).
Victory: with God on our side, we’re rest assured of constant victory and success; Deuteronomy
20:4; Joshua 10:8; 1 Corinthians 15:57.
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