June 12, 2019

God Has Given the Whole Camp into Our Hands

Judges 7:9–15

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Gideon and his servant Purah sneak into the enemy camp and listen to the conversation of Midianite soldiers. It is because of God’s word given after choosing 300 warriors to fight against the Midianite camp.

“Go down and attack the enemy camp. I am going to give them into your hands. If you are afraid to attack, go down to the Midianite camp with your servant Purah and listen to what they are saying. You will be encouraged to attack them.”

During that night, they go down and see the number of the Midianites, the Amalekites, and all other eastern peoples who have settled in the valley is as numerous as a swarm of locusts. Their camels are also countless like the sand on the seashore.

At that time, holding the breath, Gideon hears the conversation of two Midianite soldiers.

“I had a dream. A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. Then, it struck the tent, and the tent overturned and collapsed.”

The one who heard the story of the soldier interprets the dream.

“The bread can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite. It means that God has given the Midianites into his hands.”

Gideon, who heard the conversation between the two, worships God, and returns to the camp of Israel and calls out boldly.

“Get up! God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into our hands.”

Gideon was afraid of fighting against the Midianites though he had chosen the soldiers to go to war, so God let him hear Israel’s victory through the mouth of the enemy. Finally, Gideon, who was encouraged, boldly charged into the enemy camp, and became the protagonist of the miracle, defeating 135,000 men with 300 men.

God chose Gideon, who was a coward, as a judge and entrusted him with the mission to save Israel, and let him carry out the mission. The same God has chosen us today and entrusted us with the world mission. There is no reason to fear or hesitate. Let’s wake up! God has allowed us to preach the gospel all over the world.

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