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July 1, 2020 War against Midian – Part 2

By night, they were on the Moreh Hills, and the Midianite camp was somewhere in the valley
below them. That night, he said to Gideon, Go, Gideon. Go down into the Midianite camp, for I have
given you victory over them, but if you still doubt, go into the camp with Purah, your servant. Hear
what the Midianites have to say and your will be encouraged. Then, you will be eager to attack.
Gideon, with Purah, went to the boundary of the camp. He thought, Even after the fleece?
Forgive me, Lord, for my unbelief. The armies of Midian, Amalek, and the Easterners had settled in the
valley. They were so numerous, they looked like a swarm of locusts; their camels were like grains of
hand on a seashore!

He crept towards the camp just as a Midianite warrior was telling his comrade about a dream he
had. “Ishbak, in my dream, a loaf of barley bread came tumbling out of the sky. It fell into the camp and
hit the tents of the commanders, Oreb and Zeeb. And you’ll never guess what happened. It tumbled the
tents over and knocked them flat. I’m scared of the implications, Ishbak. What do you think?”
“It can only mean one thing. The god of the Israelites has given Gideon, son of Joash, victory
over Midian and all her allies!” “I was afraid that was what it meant. We should try to escape while…”
While the warrior was still talking, Gideon and Purah backed away. When he’d heard the dream
and its interpretation, he worshipped God. When he returned to his camp, he shouted, “Rise! For the
Lord has given us victory over Midian and her allies!”

Then the Lord told him what to do and how they would conquer their enemies. He divided his
men into hundreds and gave each man a ram’s horn and a clay pot with a torch in it. Then he told them,
“Watch me. When we reach the boundaries of their camp, do as I do. As soon as I and those with me
blow the ram’s horns, blow yours too, and shout, ‘For the Lord and for Gideon!’”

 

LESSONS
‘…, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and not the
bottom,’ –Deuteronomy 28:13.

Doubt: Genesis 18:10-14 (Sarah); Genesis 17:15-21 (Abraham); John 20:24-29 (Thomas).

Gratitude: 1 Samuel 2:1-11 (Hannah); 2 Samuel 6:13-15 (David); Luke 1:46-55 (Mary’s
Magnificat); Luke 17:15-19 (The Grateful Leper); Matthew 14:19, Matthew 15:36, John 11:41,
Luke 22:17,19 (Jesus).

God can use anybody, even your “enemies”: Joshua 2 (Rahab); Paul.

God’s way: Joshua 6 (The Fall of Jericho); Ephesians 6:10-18 (the armour of God).

Following instructions to the letter and not imposing your will upon God’s: Numbers 20:1-11
(Moses); 1 Samuel 15 (Saul); 1 Chronicles 21:1-17 (David); 1 Kings 11:1-7 (Solomon)

 

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