Posted by: New in Every Way | May 2, 2012

The Two Swords

Remember Gideon? In “Who Me?” we saw how the Lord propelled Gideon into his destiny as military leader for his oppressed nation. In “I Don’t Do Windows” we saw Gideon’s postwar struggle with his identity. Today, we will revisit Gideon’s story for an amazing example of teamwork between God and a man.

First of all, Gideon kept his heart open for the Lord’s instructions. Once an army of 32,000 men had been amassed, he might have assumed he should just lead them into war. Think of all the strategies the Lord revealed to Gideon after that!

One of them was to pare his army down from 32,000 to 300 men. In the middle of the night, this skeleton crew carried out the Lord’s novel battle plan.  The men arrayed themselves around the enemy camp, each holding a trumpet and a pitcher. At Gideon’s signal, they blew the trumpets, broke the pitchers to expose the torches within, and shouted, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!” And that is exactly how a great victory was won—by the sword of the Lord, first, and then by the sword of Gideon.

The “sword of the Lord”–trumpets, torches, and shouting—so terrified the Midianites they began killing each other. The survivors fled.

At this point, Gideon did not just sit back and celebrate—and let the enemy regroup and come back–as I might have done.  He had the presence of mind to wield “the sword of Gideon”: His small band pursued the fleeing Midianites, persevering beyond exhaustion until every last king was tracked down and annihilated.

Make It Personal

  • Does the Lord care about the problems in your life?
  • Could it be that he has an unusual strategy in mind for the greatest success and least fallout?
  • Will he encourage you all the way if you choose to join his battle plan? (Check out the four times the Lord encouraged Gideon.)
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