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Trumpets and Torches (3 of 6)
Series: Symbols of Discipleship
Judges 7:1-8, 19-22
Hitler invaded Poland in September 1939 and then defeated one country after another until he controlled all of Europe. The U.S. and England took several years to plan an invasion of Europe.
General Dwight Eisenhower’s order of the day upon the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 stated, “Soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you . . .
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely . . . Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war . . . I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory.”
Douglas Webster in The Discipline of Surrender wrote, “God’s strategy for success is different than ours. The world tells us to believe in ourselves and expect great things, but God calls us to trust in him and take up our cross. The world promotes pride, but God instills humility.”
Background The book of Judges takes place in 1200 B.C. The Midianites and Amalekites were from the east side of the Jordan River. Because Israel had walked away from worshiping God he allowed them to oppress Israel for seven years (6:1). They would let the people plant their crops and when harvest time came they would invade the land and take the harvest for themselves.
What was impressive was how many there were. Judges 6:5 says they were like locusts in number – both they and their camels could not be numbered. There was nothing that Israel could do to stop them until God called Gideon to lead the nation against them.
GOD’S STRATEG ...
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