ALL ABOUT YOU: GIDEON, CHAPTER 28
PHURAH THY SERVANT
7:9-14) And it came to pass the
same night [that the LORD divided the 300
from the 9,700], that the LORD said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the
host; for I have delivered it into thine hand. But if thou fear to go down, go
thou with Phurah [beauty]
thy servant down to the host:
And thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thine hands be
strengthened to go down unto the host. Then went he down with
Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were in the
host. And the Midianites [brawling,
contentious, discord, strife] and the Amalekites and all the children
of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and
their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.
And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream
unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a
cake of barley bread tumbled
[haphak, haw-fak'] into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote
it that it fell, and overturned it [haphak,
haw-fak'], that the tent lay along.
And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword
of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath
God delivered Midian, and all the host.
Phurah = Heb: foliage /// ornamentation, i.e. (plur.) foliage (includ.
the limbs) as bright green. [Symbolic
of the Holy Spirit who is our “hedge” (Job 1:10)]
(Job 1:9,10) Then Satan
answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear [reverence]
God for nought? Hast not thou made an
hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every
side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in
hedge = Heb: to entwine, i.e. shut in (for formation, protection or
(Luke 23:31) [Jesus
being led to Calvary] For if they do these things in
a green tree
[wet (as if with rain)], what shall be done in the dry?
barley = Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible: in the
sense of roughness. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dict: harvested before
the wheat. Because barley was considered a food for slaves and the very poor, it
was held in low esteem as a grain. Smith’s Bible Dict: one of the most
important of the cereal grains , and the most hardy of them all. It always
precedes the wheat harvest. American College Dict: It is used as food,
and in the making of beer, ale, and whiskey.
a cake of barley bread = Commentary: the firstfruits company. A
winnowed (harvested), composite (assembly) of many barley grains (good seed)
with water or oil added (Holy Spirit), rounded (formed), and submitted to the
heat of the fire (baked - the fire of affliction).
(Gen 3:24) So he drove out
the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a
flaming sword which turned every way
[haphak, haw-fak'], to keep the way
of the tree of life.
(Gen 19:24,25) Then the LORD
rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of
heaven; And he overthrew
[haphak, haw-fak'] those cities, and
all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon
lay along = Heb: cast down, fall down, be judged, overthrown,
overwhelmed, perish, rot, slay, smite out, thrown down.