by Clarence E. Macartney

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Great Nights of the Bible (11 of 16)
The Night Shouts Routed an Army
Clarence E. Macartney
Judg. 7:19-20

Toward the west the sun was dropping slowly like a
great red ball into the Mediterranean. Here on the top
of a flat rock on Mount Gilboa two men are stretched
out at full length, watching the camp of the invading
army of the Midianites, which is spread out across the
valley of Esdraelon. That famous valley is the most
fought-over soil on this earth, from the time of
Sisera and Barak to the day of Gideon and from the day
of Gideon to the age of Elijah and from the age of
Elijah to the time of Saul and Jonathan, who fell on
Mount Gilboa. In that valley Josiah fought at Megiddo
with Pharaoh Necho. There the Crusaders fought the
Moslems; there Napoleon fought the Turks; there the
British army under Allenby fought against the same
Turks. No wonder that John, in his inspired picture of
the last great battle, stages that battle at
Armageddon or the Hill of Megiddo in the valley of

From their mountain outpost these two men of the army
of Israel can see far beneath them the camp of the
Midianites: the black tents of the soldiers; the
spacious pavilions of the commanding officer, with
their standards floating over them; the herds of
camels and horses; the stir and bustle about the
campfires as the soldiers prepare for their supper.
Now and then the evening wind carries up from the
valley the neigh of one of the war horses or the blare
of a trumpet. But now the sun has set and night comes
on quickly. The brown mountains begin to fade into
gray and black. In the camp can be seen only an
occasional flash of a torch or the glow of the embers
of a campfire. The stir of war, the sounds of revelry
and debauchery in the camp give way to quiet and
silence as man and beast sink down into sleep. Even
the guards and sentinels slumber, for what, think
they, has their great army to fear from the
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