by Daniel Rodgers

Gideon's 300 Men
Daniel Rodgers
Judges 7:1-8

ILLUS: On our recent trip to Israel, we were able to visit Gideon's cave and the spring of Harod that flows from the cave. We all got down on our knees and like Gideon's 300 men; we put our hands to our mouths and drank from the refreshing spring. Today the area is a nature reserve, with beautiful eucalyptus trees, picnic tables and plenty of green grass. It is located close to Beit Shean, the place where the bodies of King Saul and his sons were taken after they were killed.


1. The story of Gideon is an interesting story. Gideon was the fifth judge of Israel, called by God to deliver Israel from the seven year judgment and suppression of the Midianites. The Midianites had continually ravaged the crops of the Israelites, forcing them to flee to the hills, living in caves, hiding what little they could of their crops. This is why we find Gideon threshing wheat by the winepress in order to hide it from the Midianites. The Bible says in (6:6), ''Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites.'' And then it says, ''And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord.'' Here we enter Gideon and his 300 men...

2. This morning I would like to give you three things about Gideon and his faithful men:

I. They Were Chosen Men
II. They Were Careful Men
III. They Were Courageous Men


A. They were selected by God

1. As God chose Gideon, He would also handpick the men who would help Gideon defeat the Midianites. At the outset, there were a total of 32,000 men. Of the 32,000, the Bible says 22,000 were fearful--they were afraid--they returned, leaving 10,000. God then told Gideon to put the remaining number to a test. ''Bring them down to the water, and everyone that lappeth the water with his tongue as a dog lapeth, send him back home.'' Another 9,700 returned home. That left only 300 men...not too many: 300 against 135,000 Midianites (8:10). In the eyes of men, ...

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