Today the Lord once again has victory over Israel’s enemy in an unusual way. He narrows 32,000 men down to 300 men and arms them with trumpets and empty pitchers with torches inside. 🤷♀️ It’s the Lord’s battle and He fights His way. After the initial attack, Gideon calls for the rest of the men of Ephriam to join them in pursuing the Midianites but the prideful men are mad that he didn’t call them in the first place. ”And they reprimanded him sharply.” 😏 See, they had no clue that this was the Lord’s battle and that He chooses who will fight and how they will fight! Once the Lord gives Gideon victory, the people want Gideon to rule over them but he smartly declines and tells the people that the Lord shall rule over them.
However, Gideon goes on to make a bad decision when he gathers earrings from the plunder and makes an ephod out of it which becomes a snare to Israel. After Gideon’s death his son from his concubine in Shechem, Abimelech, kills Gideon’s 70 sons so he can rule over Israel but Gideon’s youngest son, Jotham, escapes. Tomorrow the Lord repays Abimelech’s wickedness so keep reading.