The Surprise Attack

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Provoked

Gideon called Ephraim to capture the two famous princes which he did (vv. 1-3). But the men of Ephraim were provoked! It is so easy for the flesh to act even in the midst of victory. Gideon could have “told them off” but he didn’t. He practiced Proverbs 15:1 which says. “A soft answer turneth away wrath ...” After Gideon and his three hundred troops had chased the Midianites as far as the Jordan River, they were exhausted (v 4). The town of Succoth was nearby, so he went there and asked, “ Please give my troops some food (v. 5). The leaders of Succoth refused to feed them (vv. 6-7). He then went to the leaders of Penuel but they wouldn’t assist him either (v. 8) Their attitude made Gideon provoked and he promised to avenge himself (v. 9). This seems to be the beginning of his backsliding, for God would certainly have dealt with these rebellious men in His way (Romans 12:19). The army attacked the host of Midian by surprise when the kings were feeling confident (vv. 10-12).

Application

It is easy for me to be provoked and try to take things in my own hands without seeking God’s direction and help? Then, because of it I will suffer. I need to ask God’s forgiveness and seek His direction today so I can be victorious.

Judges 8:1-12 (English Standard Version)


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