I probably would have said, “if they they drink like dogs then send them home and take the rest into battle. ” Maybe another reason we should pray about things before doing anything because God’s decisions often differ greatly from what makes sense to us.
Now announce to the army, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained. But the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.” So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.” Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink. The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.”
The Lord can and will do much with little. Here we see God, systematically and deliberately, thin out the ranks that are with Gideon. Out of 32,000 men, the Lord sends 31,700 home. Keep in mind that these are battle preparations, and God is thinning Israel’s ranks. Reducing the number is about placing the glory of the Lord on display. This is about bringing Gideon through a fiery trial of faith that will produce fruit always in his life. Israel is about to see, again, that their God is faithful and awesome…something they had forgotten as a nation.
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