Judges 7 Outline
– Gideon attacked and defeated the Midianites (Judges 7:1-25)
Judges 7 Summary
Now, Gideon had gathered an army of 32,000 men. One day, God told Gideon that he had gathered too many fighting men. He asked Gideon to let those who are afraid to return home. In this way, he cannot say that it is with men’s help that he wins the war. After Gideon announced that anyone who is afraid can go home, 22,000 men left the army. Thus, only 10,000 men left in Gideon’s army.
God still feel that Gideon’s army has too many people so he asked Gideon to lead them to a stream. God asked Gideon to separate the men according to how they drink water from the stream including the men who use hands to drink water and the men that lap water with their tongues.
Gideon followed God’s command and took his men to the stream. Only 300 men drink water with their hand. The rest of the men knelt down to drink water with their tongues. God asked Gideon to keep the 300 men in his army. The rest are allowed to return homes. The men that return homes left their food and trumpets.
At night, God asked Gideon to wake up and attack the enemies. However, Gideon was afraid so God asked him to take his servant Phurah and go to the enemies’ camp to hear what the Midianites are saying. Gideon and Phurah made their ways to the edge of the enemies’ camp. There were so many soldiers that it looks as though they are a swarm of grasshoppers. About that time, Gideon overheard a guard telling another guard that he dreamed of a barley bread that roll down from the hill and hit a tent; and it flipped over. The other soldier replied that the dream means God had already delivered the Midianites into the hand of Gideon, the son of Joash.
After Gideon overheard the conversation, he suddenly had the courage to fight the Midianites. He divided his men into three groups. He gave each of them empty pitchers, trumpet and lamp. One of the troops is to follow Gideon. Gideon commanded the other two troops to blow their trumpets and shout ‘The sword of the Lord and of Gideon’ when he and his troop blow the trumpet. As soon as Gideon and his men sounded the trumpet and break the pitchers, the other two troops blew their trumpets and break their pitchers. Then, they shout ‘The sword of the lord, and of Gideon’.
When the enemy soldiers heard this, they panicked and the whole camp went into confusion. The enemies started to kill each other. The Israelites chased after the enemies and slay many of them. After that, Gideon sent messengers to ask the men of Ephraim to help fight the enemies. The men of Ephraim responded Gideon’s call. They also captured the two princes of Midianites including Oreb and Zeeb. They killed Oreb at the rock of Oreb and Zeeb at the winepress of Zeeb. After they killed Oreb and Zeeb, they brought their heads to Gideon.
Judges 7 Bible Study
1. Seeking God’s will in whatever we do
God wasn’t happy because Gideon had such a large soldier. He wanted to make sure that Gideon and his army gives glory to God for the victory of the battle so he asked Gideon to send back most of the men. The story of Gideon teaches us to fully trust and rely in God. When you are in trouble, you should hold on to God’s promises. John 11:26 says that whoever that believes him will not die but have everlasting life. God is the source of all things. Whenever we face a problem, we should seek God and let him help us. You should make God your only refuge (Malachi 3:6).
We should always seek for God’s will in everything we do. It wasn’t God will for Gideon to take 32,000 fighting men with him into the battle. God only chose 300 fighting men for Gideon to take with him into the battle. Just like Gideon, we must fight a good fight for the Lord. When we persevere, we will be able to see God’s salvation in our lives and give testimonies to others. This will improve our fellowship with God. No matter what circumstances we are in, we should always give glory to God. Even if you are having a bad day, you should give thanks and glory to God. In whatever you are about to do, you must seek his will and obey him. We must trust him rather than relying on ourselves.
2. Claim God’s victory
God wanted Gideon to know that there is nothing for him to boast about the victory. This applies to our salvation, of which Jesus Christ bought with his own blood. While we are sinners in this world, Jesus Christ chose to come down on earth to die for our sins on the cross. Because Jesus died on the cross for our sins, we have been set free from all our illnesses and problems. By faith, we must claim our victory against all sins, illnesses and diseases in Christ.