Gideon’s 300: Spiritual Warfare Part 6.

Judges  6:11-12
“Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”
(The Angel of the Lord Visits Gideon.)
What an amazing and timely story for these last days. We, just like Gideon, are up against forces or great, both human and demonic, that are threatening to destroy us and our way of life. But just in the case of Gideon, in the nick of time the Lord Himself stepped in and a great victory was won for the people of God.  He is doing the same for us even now…..this very day!!
Deep Meaning In Names.
All names in the Bible have a meaning.  I’m sure you noticed the names in bold font in the opening passage.  Their meanings add a depth and understanding to the text you would never get simply by reading through the story. The names in this story tell us about Jesus and how he defeated our enemies at the cross and how he does so today!  
How awesome is it that THE Angel of the Lord came in person and visited Gideon; even called him, “A mighty man of valor!”  He seemed to be off to a pretty good start…..until he started going through his laundry list of complaints. 😕
Notice that the Bible calls this Visitor, THE ANGEL of the LORD.”  It wasn’t Gabriel and it wasn’t Michael.  It was Jesus Himself in a pre-incarnate appearance…..and what was Gideon doing? Whining and complaining to Him. 🤔
The three names mentioned in the opening scripture are quite illuminating.  They point to the Trinity!  “Joash (Ya-esh)” literally means “God Fire.”  Who is it that is like a burning fire?  The Father!  “Abiezer (Av-ezer)” means “Father Help,” literally.  Who is that?  The Holy Spirit, the Helper!  And you already know that “The Angel of the Lord,” is Jesus!  The power of the Triune God had come to help Gideon! 😍🙌🏻   Let’s continue the story.
Gideon talks to the Angel
Encouraging Words.
Judges 6:12-15
“Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”
That’s quite a list of woes.  Kinda sounds like you and I at times when nothing seems to be going right and everything seems to be against us.  It’s depressing and discouraging, for sure.  But our gracious Lord was non-plussed.  He patiently listened to all his laments, then spoke to him the following encouraging words:
“Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”  “So he said to Him, “O my Lord,  how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”

The ANGEL said to him, “Go in this might of YOURS.”  Wait, what???  “Go in your might?”  You mean this whining, full-of-complaints, scared-to-death Gideon, the man who admitted to being a weakling…..that “might?”  

Yep, Gideon the weakling, the scaredy cat. 😮  But that’s just like our God, isn’t it?  He gives us the grace to do the things He asks us to do, we do those things, then He turns around and gives us the credit for using the grace He gave us in the first place to do what we did!  But, don’t think for one minute it’s all your doing. 😉

Gideon goes on to say, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”  (Reminds me of Moses.). And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”

Could he get a better offer than that?  Guess it wasn’t quite enough to convince Gideon.  You can see he was still focused on himself, not wholly on God…..yet! 😉 So, he asked the LORD if he might test and see if he was really the man for the job. Next comes the famous story of the fleece that he laid before the Lord…..twice.   

Gideon's fleece 3

We’re not going to go into that whole story in this article.  You may, however, refer to the link below for the full meaning of Gideon’s fleece:

Israel’s Troubles.

Every time Israel got herself in trouble, it always started when she left the God of her fathers and began worshiping other gods.  It was a very destructive pattern that she repeated a number of times, sadly. 😓  After each indiscretion, eventually they would cry out to God and, true to Himself, He invariably sent them a deliverer in the form of one of the Judges.

(For more on the topic of Israel’s indiscretions, you may follow the link below.  It demonstrates to us how God really sees things!:

Bible Numbers Part 3: God’s Math Is Not Like Ours.

Just before Gideon took over as one of the judges, Israel had once again gotten herself into another bind.  This time, she was mercilessly oppressed by the Midianites.  There were so many of them, their number seemed to great to count! They were everywhere and in everything. 😮

Reading Hebrew scroll

Secrets In The Hebrew Language.

Hebrew is a language of picture writing, like Chinese.  Each letter is a picture of something.  Gideon’s name means, “One who hewed down (the enemy.)”  Apt description!  In Hebrew, Gideon is spelled like this: [גדעון]
The letters from right to left are, “gimel-dalet-ayin-vav-nun.”

Gimel is a picture of a camel, a form of transportation in those days. [ג]

Dalet is a picture of a door. The Door is Jesus! [ד]

Ayin is a picture of the eye; yes, the one in your head. [ע]

Vav is a picture of a hook or nail, depicting Jesus’ sacrifice when He was nailed to the cross. [ו]

Nun is a picture of a fish, which depicts believers. [ן]

You see, Gideon wasn’t God’s man because he was anything special in and of himself.  The “pictures” of the letters of his name tell us is this:  Gideon was a man who had “TRAVELED [ג]through the DOOR [ד], SAW [ע] the SACRIFICE ON THE CROSS [ו] and believed [ן].  

He became a BELIEVER! 💖🙌🏻  

Gideon got enough of a glimpse of Jesus that it greatly encouraged him. When you trust in Jesus, He goes before you and “Hews down the enemy” for you…..then gives you the credit!  Give Jesus all the glory due unto His Name! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

Gideon had started out with 32,000 men. Man, of course, always thinks that he must have greater numbers to defeat his enemiesIncredibly though, God said that there were too many. 😮 Gideon must have been thinking, “WHAT?!  Is He aware how many enemies we’re facing?”  As you read earlier, the Midianites were so numerous, they couldn’t even be counted!  That’s quite a tide of evil! 🤯 

Kinda sounds like today. His situation is EXACTLY like what we are facing in America and around the world today.  America saw it in the election of 2016, all throughout the current presidency, and continuing on through this the 2020 election, a huge tide of evil rising up on every side, trying to prevent President Trump from being elected, re-elected, and to be ineffective at every turn. But they keep failing! 
We continued to see our President being used by God, however, to turn back the tide of evil that has quite literally come FROM THE PIT OF HELL.  He faced obstacle after obstacle resisting God’s agenda.  These evil people imagined a vain thing:  BUT HE WHO SITS IN THE HEAVENS LAUGHS at all the schemes of the devil and his minions. They come at us in one way and FLEE IN SEVEN, in total and utter confusion!!! 😂😂😂
We saw the tide of evil once again in the 2020 election. Just like their father, the devil, his minions stole, killed (metaphorically), and destroyed to get their way. However, even when things don’t turn in our favor, however, our God is still with us and working behind the scenes. He NEVER leaves or forsakes us. We must hold fast to Him through this mid-term election and believe He is fighting for us to win! Sometimes people have to experience how bad it can be to understand how bad it can be.

Question:  If the Midianites, “Media-nites” as I like to call the “media,” were so numerous, why did the LORD say there were too many Israelites?  Let’s continue the story.

Gideons 300

God Weeds Out The Fearful.
“And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.  Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.’” And twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained.”

God wanted Israel to know without a doubt that He was the One Who would defeat their enemies for them.  It wasn’t because of any strength or intelligence they possessed.  That’s how we know our Abba loves us!  He isn’t content just to tell us:  HE ALLOWS US TO PERSONALLY EXPERIENCE IT!  That is what bolsters and cements our faith.  We may start out “Fear-FULL,” but we end up “Fear-LESS.” 💖🙌🏻
(For more on the Hebrew words for “fear and fearless” and God’s perspective on the subject, follow the link below:
Anyone who was “fearful and afraid” was told to turn back and depart at once from Mount Gilead.  The root word in Hebrew for “Gilead,” is the verb, “Galal,” which means, “to roll some object on, upon or away.”  Figuratively, it carries the idea of rolling oneself onto the Lord.  The men who were afraid did not have great faith or trust in the Lord, hence their fear and either their inability or unwillingness to “Roll themselves onto the LORD”

More Weeding?
After all that, God said there were still far too many! 😮 So He had Gideon weed out even more of the Israelites in this way:
Judges 7:1-8
“And the Lord said to Gideon, “Everyone who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart by himself; likewise everyone who gets down on his knees to drink.” And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men; but all the rest of the people got down on their knees to drink water. Then the Lord said to Gideon, “By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other people go, every man to his place.” 
300?  That’s what God was aiming at? Yep! He finally reached the number that He could use to defeat this innumerable horde, bring great glory to His Name, and BLESS HIS PEOPLE!!!
Secrets In Bible Numbers.
As many of you know, numbers in the Bible have meaning.  The Holy Spirit doesn’t just have His “secretaries” write them down in scripture on a whim.  They are there to teach us something important and show us more about Jesus.  The rabbis call this phenomenon, “Gematria:  The meaning of numbers.”
300 just “happens” to be the number of VICTORY! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻  How do we know that?  Though the Bible does not expressly point that out, it does give us several clues.
As you can see in the picture above, “sheen” is the number 300.  As I have said in many articles before, Hebrew is a language of pictures, like Chinese.  “Sheen, or Shin,” is God’s unique signature.  It means “Shaddai” and stands for “Power, strength.”  But that’s not all.  Check out what the author of the article below has to say.  It will really help you connect the dots:
The articles below have more about Bible numbers:
(For more on the subject of numbers in the Bible, you may follow the links below:
Part 1:
Part 2:
Bear in mind, this is NOT numerology or some other superstitious nonsense. This is the inspired word of Almighty God!

God Further Encourages Gideon.

Joshua 7:9-12
“It happened on the same night that the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand. But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant, and you shall hear what they say; and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp.” Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outpost of the armed men who were in the camp.

Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.”

See what I mean?  How can a mere man go up against such a formidable, innumerable army of people?  Pretty intimidating!  But God knew that there might still be just a “little bit” of fear on Gideon’s part (Ya think!?), so He told him to take his servant and sneak down into the camp of Midian.  There, they would overhear something that would totally turn the tide and encourage them.  💖

Let’s continue the story:

The Importance Of The Shofar.

Judges 7:13-18
“And when Gideon had come, 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.”

“And so it was, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, that he worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel, and said, “Arise, for the Lord has delivered the camp of Midian into your hand.” Then he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet into every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and torches inside the pitchers. And he said to them, “Look at me and do likewise; watch, and when I come to the edge of the camp you shall do as I do: When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you also blow the trumpets on every side of the whole camp, and say,  The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!’”

The Hebrew word for “trumpet” here is literally, Shofar.”  Do you know what a Shofar is?  A ram’s horn which you get BY KILLING A MALE LAMB.  It brings to God’s remembrance of the death of The Father’s beloved Son, Jesus! 🙌🏻💖

It is said that demons tremble and flee in terror at the sounding of the Shofar.  Well, as we shall soon see, indeed they did flee…..IN ABJECT TERROR! 🙌🏻

The Darkest Time.
Judges 7:19-21

So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outpost of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just as they had posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers that were in their hands. Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers—they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing—and they cried, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!” And every man stood in his place all around the camp;”

This whole scene occurred just as one watch was coming off duty and the next one was coming on at the darkest time of the night.  The guys who were coming off shift were really tired and the ones coming on duty were just waking up, most likely still not fully awake.  When it’s REALLY dark outside, even the tiniest light can be seen for miles.
Well, imagine the confusion when, all of a sudden, you see your encampment surrounded by torch lights, presumably from a great army, and you hear shouting and Shofar blasts all around you!  What do you do? 
YOU PANIC, that’s what! 😲
That’s exactly what they did!  They were so freaked out they started killing each other in their confusion.  Some simply fled in terror, leaving behind everything they owned.


Judges 7:22-25
“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 to Beth Acacia, toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel Meholah, by Tabbath.
And the men of Israel gathered together from Naphtali, Asher, and all Manasseh, and pursued the Midianites.
“Then Gideon sent messengers throughout all the mountains of Ephraim, saying, “Come down against the Midianites, and seize from them the watering places as far as Beth Barah and the Jordan.” Then all the men of Ephraim gathered together and seized the watering places as far as Beth Barah and the Jordan. And they captured two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb. They killed Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb they killed at the winepress of Zeeb. They pursued Midian and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side of the Jordan.”

It was a complete rout!  Not only that, but they captured the two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb, killed them, and brought their heads to the OTHER SIDE OF THE JORDAN.”

Next came the time to recall everyone, who had been weeded out prior to this rout because of their fear, to come and join the fight.


More Secrets In The Hebrew Language.

“Midian,” means “Strife.”  The names, “Oreb and Zeeb,” are also very telling.  “Oreb,” comes from the root word that means “evening: Erev.”  The other name, “Zeeb,” means “wolf.”  What do wolves go after?  SHEEP!

In the last days (the “evening”)… know, like NOW…..there will be ravening wolves (the devil’s minions and their complicit media) that will go around looking to devour the sheep of God’s pasture:  The Church.”  But our “300,” few by comparison to the number of “Midianites,” (or as I like to call them, “the Media-nites,”) will shout, blow the shofar (frequently partake of communion) and lift up the Name that is above EVERY name:  JESUS!  He will fight for us and we will be completely victorious over the enemies that have sought to steal, kill, and destroy. 

Communion commemorates Jesus’ death. That is how we blow the Shofar today!  God will restore to us everything the enemy has stolen…..and we will get all the spoils! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻


Shine, Partake, And Shout!

So Church of the redeemed, earthen vessels containing the Light of God: Let your light shine, no matter how small or dim it may seem to you.  Shine through the darkness of this fallen world.  Sound the Shofar by lifting up the name of Jesus and partaking of communion daily!  The enemy has to flee when he hears the sound of the “Shofar”! In so doing, righteousness will again rule our land as we follow Jesus, the Greater Gideon.

The Battle belongs to the LORD and the victory is ours, just like in the story of Gideon’s 300! 💖🙌🏻

You may follow the link below to part 7:

2 thoughts on “Gideon’s 300: Spiritual Warfare Part 6.

  1. Wow…..what a revelation.Thank you for sharing. Glory be to GOD almighty…..May the GRACE upon you and be with you always!!!!!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s