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"Early in the morning, Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and all his men camped at the spring of Harod. The camp of Midian was north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh.The LORD said to Gideon, "You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands. In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her, announce now to the people, '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 sift them 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 like a dog from those who kneel down to drink." Three hundred men lapped with their hands to their mouths. 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 other men go, each to his own place." So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites to their tents but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others. Now the camp of Midian lay below him in the valley." Judges 7:1-8
Ok, you've got to get visual with me today. Pretend this is an interactive mad-lib type of blog post today. Stick with me, cause this is gonna be fun!
So you're camping. What do you imagine? Is it cold? Hot? How are you feeling? What is your tent and sleeping arrangements like? Is there grass or dirt? Are there bugs? Do you sing around the campfire? Now here's the stretch, pretend you are a soldier camping with 32,000 other soldiers. Just north of you in the valley is 135,000 soldiers who want destroy you camping. Now picture it. Is your campsite it stinky? Loud or quiet? What would you be thinking and feeling?
Austin and I had a three-fold honeymoon. We started by camping at the base of a couple 14ers with beautiful lakes. Then we stayed at my grandparents cabin in Grand Lake and then headed off to Saint Thomas island. From 14,ooo feet to sea level. When we were camping in the valley there was a thunder storm. The sound was beautiful (but not great for a honeymoon when there is no wood for a fire and you live off apples and granola bars for a couple days). Well, it just makes me wonder if the 32,000 men heard the 135,000 men in the valley?
Would you be scared? I mean really. There you are camping with your buddies and your getting ready to battle an army over 4 times your size. Would you be "trembling with fear"?
If so, you'd go home with 22,000 other soldiers. What would you feel then?
If not, then you'd see 22,000 other soldiers get sent home. Now it's just you with 10,000 up against the army of 135,000. Now how do you feel? What do you think?
Gideon gathers all 10,000 of you together to go get water from the stream. You get there, kneel down and drink the water. You personally, how would you drink the water out of a stream? Say it's clean water and you don't have a filter or a water bottle.
Would you stick your mouth to the water? Or would you use your hands to scoop it?
If you put your face to the water then Gideon sends you home. You go to your tent, gather your things and head home. What do you feel? What are you thinking? Are you glad? Confused? Mad?
If you scooped the water with your hands, you watch as Gideon tells virtually everyone home. You are told to go back and gather the trumpets and supplies from the 9,700 soldiers leaving to go home. What are you thinking? Feeling? How would you react?
Ok. Staring the God Margin in the face we are ready to see God come through! Spend the night on this just like all the soldiers did and come back tomorrow and lets see what God does!
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