Chapter 54



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(Judg 6:1-5) And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years [of tribulation]. And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds. And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass. For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.

Judg 6:34,35)  But the spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet [the voice of the Holy Spirit]; and Abiezer [Gideon’s family] was gathered after him [for war against the “Ishmaelites”: Judg 8:24]. And he sent messengers [mal'ak; angels] throughout all Manasseh [Gideon’s tribe]; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers [mal'ak; angels] unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them [32,000 warriors in all responded to the call].

1.       Commentary: In B.C. 1491, Moses led 600,000 armed men (warriors), plus an unspecified number of women, children, and a mixed multitude out of Egypt (Exo 12:37,38). The time of Gideon was B.C. 1249. In the intervening 242 years between Moses and Gideon, the number of the Israelites had multiplied and grown exceedingly. Using a rough measure to make a relevant point, if we divide the original 600,000 warriors by the 12 tribes, we arrive at an average of approximately 50,000 warriors existent in each tribe at the time of Moses. The population of the United States has doubled in the last 50 years. From this information, we may very conservatively conclude that, at the time of Gideon, 242 years after Moses, there were at least 100,000 male warriors in each tribe, and we may then note that through “the spirit of the LORD,” Gideon called out the warriors of four tribes, or potentially 400,000 warriors. How many responded? What is God’s call saying today for you, and the church?

2.       (Rev 2:29)  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

(Judg 7:1)  Then Jerubbaal [Baal will contend with], who is Gideon [feller (i.e. warrior) /// to fell a tree (a type of Jesus Christ)], and all the people that were with him [32,000 warriors], rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod [fountain of trembling]: so that the host of the Midianites [brawling, contentious, discord, strife] [135,000 warriors] were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh [be ensnared, trapped], in the valley.


(Judg 7:2,3)  And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel [he will rule as God, prince with God] vaunt themselves [boast themselves, glorify themselves] against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me [pride: fruit of the root of bitterness hidden in all men]. Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return [to their homes] and depart early from mount Gilead [heap of testimony, heap of witness, mass of testimony (a type of the cross)]. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand [22,000 who did not believe God]; and there remained ten thousand [10,000  who believed God].

1.       Commentary: Only 32,000 warriors responded from the four tribes that were summoned to mount Gilead. The many thousands of warriors who remained in their homes represent the unsaved hearers “by the way side” (Mark 4:4). Of the 32,000 warriors who did indeed respond to the call of God, 22,000 of them represent “stony ground” (Mark 4:5) unsaved hearers who initially “receive the word with joy; and these have no root [of Jesus Christ in them], which for a while believe, and in time of temptation [testing] fall away” (Luke 6:13). These 22,000 warriors were tested by God, FAILED THE TEST, and departed early from mount Gilead.

2.       (Zec 13:7-9)  Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd [Jesus Christ], and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones. And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD [speaking herein only of His flock], two parts [the 22,000] therein shall be cut off and die; but the third [the 10,000] shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire [a type of the Holy Spirit, testing], and will refine them [tsaraph; refine them (as in metal, i.e. separate the silver and the gold)] as silver is refined, and will try them [test (espec. metals); investigate: examine, prove, try (by trial)] as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.


(Judg 7:4)  And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water [a type of the Holy Spirit, testing], and I will try them [tsaraph] for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee [into the battle], the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee [into the battle], the same shall not go.


(Judg 7:5-8)  So he brought down the people [the 10,000 who believed God (the saved)] unto the water [of the Holy Spirit] [in the valley]: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink. And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred [300] men [the gold representing the purity of God; the shepherds]: but all the rest of the people [the 9,700] bowed down upon their knees to drink water [of the Holy Spirit] [these are the silver representing the salvation of Jesus Christ; the sheep].  And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men [“good ground” Mark 4:8] that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people [“among thorns” Mark 4:7] go every man unto his place [did God send them home too…?]. So the people [the 300 combat troops] took victuals [food: the word of God: the Bible] in their hand, and their trumpets [symbolic of their voice]: and he sent all the rest of Israel [the 9,700 support troops: those saved people “choked” into silence – not wielding a weapon; what is our weapon?] every man unto his tent […nope, thank you God (but they had no trumpets)], and retained [fastened upon; seized (a type of the Rapture)] those three hundred men: and the host of Midian [135,000 warriors] was beneath him in the valley.

1.       (1 Pet 5:8)  Be sober [abstain from wine (be “of a sound mind” 2 Tim 1:7], be vigilant [to keep awake, be watchful]; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour [to gulp entirely, to swallow up].

2.       (Mark 4:18,19)  And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares [distractions] of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word [to strangle completely /// take by the throat], and it becometh unfruitful [the fruit is the word of God coming forth from our lips].

3.       (1 Th 4:16,17)  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump [shout, voice] of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up [seized, plucked up (the Rapture)] together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air [above the unsaved “Ishmaelites” (Judg 8:24)  in the valley]: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.


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