“The Lord told Gideon, ‘with these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.” (Judges 7:7)
In this chapter, Gideon took 32,000 men with him to fight the Midianites, but the Lord said he had too many. God didn’t want the Israelites to say that they won the victory themselves, but to give God the glory. So first he told Gideon to tell those who were afraid to leave. 22,000 warriors left, leaving 10,000! You would think that would be enough, but nope- God told him he still has too many! So, He told Gideon to get them to drink by the river, and separate those who drank with their mouths in the stream from those who would cup water in their hands and drink. After this was only left 300 warriors, those who drank with their hands cupped. BUt with these 300 men, God brought about a mighty victory against Midian, that when they blew their horns around their camp, God threw them into such panic that they turned against themselves and started killing eachother! After that, Gideon called other tribes to join in the chase and kill the rest who escaped. God is amazing!
Ever heard of the movie, 300? It was a fictitious story about the Greek Spartan warriors who took on Persia with 300 warriors, and the rest of Spartan told them not to go. Those 300 warriors lost their battle, despite their fearless bravery. That movie has nothing on Gideon’s 300 men- they took on 135,000 Midianite warriors! They should have made a movie about this story, it would have made it big in Hollywood! I just find it amazing as I read these stories through the Old Testament, how the Lord really fought for Israel, and if He fought for them, He will fight for us too! If God be for us, who can be against us? It says here in this account that the Midianite army was like a swarm of locusts, covering the land like sand on the seashore- yet when the 300 came up to their camp, God threw them into panic and confusion, and they didn’t really have to do much fighting after all, because they mostly killed themselves! Remember, no matter what the impossibilities are, we serve a God with nothing is impossible- and nothing will be impossible to him who believes God who lives within him. Amen.
“Lord, thank You for these inspiring accounts, true stories that Hollywood cannot even compare to! Thank You that You fight for Your people and nothing is impossible with You and to the one who believes in You- Lord, I believe in You- in Jesus’ name, amen.”
*Rom 8:31; 1 John 5:4-5