I. THE PEOPLE ARE TO MANY Vv.2-6a
A. The Battle of The Lord
1. Gideon means He that cuts down. They camped by the well of Harod. Harod
2. The valley of Jezreel which stretches across Central Palestine from the
Jordan to the Mediterranean, separating the mountain ranges of Carmel and
Samaria from those of Galilee, extending about 14 miles from north to
south, and 9 miles from east to west. That ancient river, the Kishon,
which flows westward to the Mediterranean, drains it. At one point was the
most important road that led through the Mediterranean coast.
3. The Midianites were attempting to develop a trading empire. Control
over this land would give them dominion from Egypt to Mesopotamia. Here
Gideon gained victory over the enemy. Here also Barak defeated Sisera.
This plain has been well called the battlefield of Palestine. It has been
a chosen place for encampment in every contest carried on in this country
from the days of Nebuchadnezzar, king of the Assyrians, Napoleon Bonaparte
from Egypt to Syria.
4. There is also a battle that will happen here in the Valley, here in
B. Test and Sifting Being Afraid (Vv 2-3)
1. The people thought they were ready for battle but they were not. 32,000
men are camping ready to go into battle God says the people are too many.
God used different test in preparation for the battle. 7:12, 8:10 The
midianite army was composed of 135,000 men Gideon was out numbered 4 to 1
God is saying “Gideon there is something wrong with army”
Gideon probably thinking I know what it is we don’t have enough
people. No the problems is you have to many people.
1. The message was that whoever was afraid he could turn and go home.
2. This demonstrates God’s love and concern. He does not want nobody
to serve Him by force or of a sense of guilt
3. 22,000 men went home. There was a reason why they went home. They were
afraid, in other words they were not prepared for battle. There hearts
were not consecrated to the Lord because in the perfect love there is no
fear. Here now Gideon is out numbered 13 to 1 Now the ones who were
fearful went away
C. Test and Siftings Drinking WaterVv4-6a
1. But now there were only 10,000 men left. More than half left. God says
to Gideon the people are too many.
2. There was still another test. When they went to the water those who
laps from the water like a dog, those will be set aside for battle. Those
who knelt down like a dog were disqualified for battle.
3. 9,700 of them got on their knees to drink water. These that were
kneeling were tired, and in the position they got into demonstrated that
they wanted to rest.
4. They wanted to drink water so bad that they lost the urgency of the
5. There is a lesson for us. God does not want us to loose the sense of
urgency towards His work. There is only one-way to loose it and that is to
think about our needs think about how tired we feel that we need a break.
So we excuse ourselves with God because we are tires. Brothers we need to
make a sacrifice on our time a sacrifice in our rest, to come to battle.