- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Judge 7
Gideon defeats the Midianites.
“Jerub-Baal,” is a nickname of Gideon, called by the people when he broken down Baal’s altar. (Judges 6:30)
Gideon, with his men, camped against the Midianites. And God asked him to gather his army very selective way, resulting in only three hundred out of ten thousand.
Why did God ask Gideon to select his army that way (v.4-8)? No explanation was given but arbitrary device for reducing the number of Gideon’s warriors in order to enhance the miraculous character of the deliverance which follows, the power of God. (v.2)
God asked Gideon to attack the Midianites. Gideon fought the battle that was already won because the Lord had already given the Midianites to the hand of the Israelites. Only what they did need was courage based on trust. Gideon’s leadership and battle strategy was excellent, surprising attack scaring the Midianites away with torch and trumpet sound. However, it was the Lord God who defeated the Midianites. (v.7)
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?