How did Gideon defeat the Midianites?

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Gideon and the 300 Soldiers

The story of how the Lord gave victory to Gideon over the Midianites with only 300 soldiers is found in the book of Judges chapter 7. God told Gideon to gather an army to fight the enemy. So, God’s servant gathered 32,000 soldiers but the enemy’s army consisted of 135,000 soldiers. Despite these odds, the Lord told His servant, “you are too many” (verse 2) and directed a series of steps to decrease the number of Israel’s army. By decreasing their numbers even more, it would be humanly impossible to win the war and thus prove how miraculous the deliverance would be, ensuring that the glory of victory would be given God and not man.

The process of decreasing their numbers went as follows: The Lord said to Gideon: “Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once” (verse 3). When Gideon did that, twenty two thousand of his fighting men went home. Those that remained were only 10,000 men. Then, again the Lord said to Gideon: “The people are still too many” (verse 4) and instructed the leader to have the men drink at a stream and then to send home all the people who took their time and put their face down to the water to drink. Only 300 men remained who kept watching while they drank. Then, God said to His servant, I will give you the victory with the 300 men.

God’s leader was extremely worried and discouraged by such a small army of three hundred men going up against one hundred and thirty five thousand enemy soldiers. In mercy, the Lord directed him to secretly go into the Midianite camp where He would give him a sign of encouragement. God’s servant heard a dialogue between some Midiante soldiers that goes as follows: “there was a man telling a dream to his companion. He said, “I have had a dream: To my surprise, a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian; it came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent collapsed. Then his companion answered and said, “This is nothing else but the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel! Into his hand God has delivered Midian and the whole camp” (Judges 7:13, 14).

Strengthened by God’s message, the servant of God divided his three hundred men into three groups. He gave each soldier a horn, and a jar with a torch inside it. At midnight, they all surrounded the camp of the enemy. Then, at the same time, they all blew their horns and broke their jars, and shouted: “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!” “When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the Lord set every man’s sword against his companion throughout the whole camp; and the army fled …” (Judges 7:20, 22). Thus, God gave Israel the great victory that day and it was without a doubt a divine miracle.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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