The 300 who lapped the water were those who did not put down their weapons to drink – they were the professional core of the Israelite militia, or civilian army. Gideon only takes proven warriors to this battle. Are our numbers here at ….. too small to do what is necessary for our church to grow? Is that the real question for us?
“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.'”
Imagine being amongst the almost-ten thousand men who were brave enough to stay but then told to go home because they knelt down to drink! (although there is some argument of martial wisdom in the two actions as well)
You can imagine there were probably some rather grumpy warriors, maybe some were even thinking along the lines of ‘Well, only three hundred left, madness!’.
Verse 12 tells us that the foe they faced was almost without number, spread out like locusts in abundance.
It was a hard lesson for the army to learn – But an important one – It is not our own hands that bring the victory, but the Lord Himself!
Here in this passage we meet a Midianite who seems to interpret dreams like Joseph! The comrade knew the dream was speaking of Gideon, that God had given over their own army.
The Lord is glorified in this passage, even using weak vessels (like Gideon, who continues to need reassurance) – His power is clear. His sovereign will at work. His authority stamped.
* God Above,
Thank and praise You that You see fit to make us in Your image – Please help us to be living instruments of Your will, though we are frail and feeble.
Thank You that You work Your majesty and glory through our frailty, that Your good plans are accomplished even through our worry and sometimes even unbelief.
Lord, we believe, help our unbelief!