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Who is on the Lord’s Side?

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The next time you feel like GOD can’t use you, just remember... Noah was a drunk, Abraham was too old, Isaac was a daydreamer, Jacob was a liar, Leah was ugly, Joseph was abused, Moses had a stuttering problem, Gideon was afraid, Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer, Rahab w … More

Israel gathered 32,000 troops at a spring called Hard at the foot of Mt. Gilboa (v. 1). However the Lord objected to this number and commanded Gideon to send those who were afraid back home which amounted to two-thirds of the men (vv. 2-3). Again the Lord objected to the size of Gideon’s army and another 9,700 were sent home which only left him with 300 men (v. 4). This was accomplished by taking them to the water and watching them take a drink (vv. 5-8). That night, the LORD said to Gideon. “Attack the Midianite camp. I am going to let you defeat them (vv. 9-12).”

God now gives Gideon another special sign that he would win the battle through a strange dream by two enemy soldiers (vv. 13-14). Gideon overheard a conversation between these two soldiers about a barley cake that rolled into camp and smashed down a Midian tent. The barley cake represented none other than Gideon the leader of the Israelites who was to win a great victory. As soon as Gideon heard about the dream and what it meant, he bowed down to praise God. Then he went back to the Israelite camp and shouted, “ Let’s go! The LORD is going to let us defeat the Midianites (v. 15).”

Application

Do I believe God wants me to win great battles in life? On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being great faith) how would I rate myself in faith?

Judges 7:1-15 (English Standard Version)

Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him rose early and encamped beside the spring of Harod. And the camp of Midian was north of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley. The LORD said to Gideon, "The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me.' Now therefore proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, 'Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return home and hurry away from Mount Gilead.'" Then 22,000 of the people returned, and 10,000 remained. And the LORD said to Gideon, "The people are still too many. Take them down to the water, and I will test them for you there, and anyone of whom I say to you, 'This one shall go with you,' shall go with you, and anyone of whom I say to you, 'This one shall not go with you,' shall not go." So he brought the people down to the water. And the LORD said to Gideon, "Every one who laps the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set by himself. 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. And the LORD said to Gideon, "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." So the people took provisions in their hands, and their trumpets. And he sent all the rest of Israel every man to his tent, but retained the 300 men. And the camp of Midian was below him in the valley. That same night the LORD said to him, "Arise, go down against the camp, for I have given it into your hand. 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 afterward your 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 bread 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."

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