Our preacher in our churched this morning preached on Judges 7 (life of Gideon).
I was quite impressed with an idea he got from a concordance in regards to this passage below:
Judges 7: 4 – 8
“4 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.”
5 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.” 6 Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.
7 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.” 8 So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.”
Now verse 6 is really interesting. Only 300 hundred drank from cupped hands.
If you look at this simple illustration:
If you see above, those who are kneeled down… can’t see or look around. that means; they’re in fact not well trained soldiers. I mean when they’re kneeling down and enemy could attack them.
However those who drink with cupped hands… can still look around while drinking… and thus are always “alert” to danger around them,
What an awesome way, God use for choosing an army. The question today for us, are we ALERT?
Evil is still around. the world is still trying to take us out, lead us astray? Are we alert to the attacks of the evil one? Are we ready for battle? And yes, we as Christians are still involved in a battle… don’t forget that!
this scene above also reminds me of the scripture in Nehemiah 4: 1 -23, where there is opposition to rebuilding the temple of God.
In verse 17 and 18 we read: “Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, 18 and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked.”
Can u picture it? the workers are working… but are also prepared… so we too as Christians in this life need to be prepared.
are you keeping alert?
“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Ephesians 6: 10 – 13)