Gideon’s experience – What can we learn from it?
God, in the bible, tells us: “All these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. – 1 Corinthians 10:11 (KJV) – see also Romans 15:4a
“Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands. And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.” – Judges 7:19 and 20 (KJV)
“After these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice.” – Revelation 18:1 et 2a (KJV)
“You are the light of the world.” – Matthew 5:14a
Could there be any parallels between Gideon and God’s end-time people? Here are some possible parallels:
- Firstly, Gideon’s army had to go through a selection process (or the sifting). God’s people will go through a sifting process as well.
- Gideon attacked with an acoustic signal (the trumpets) and a light signal (the torches). God’s people will also use these kinds of signals (« the earth was lightened » and “he cried mightily”).
- Gideon learnt that God can reach his goals with only a handful of people. Thus, God’s end time people can be reassured, knowing that even if they are not many, God can use them to accomplish tremendous things.
“The men of His choice were the few who would not permit their own wants to delay them in the discharge of duty. The three hundred chosen men not only possessed courage and self-control, but they were men of faith. They had not defiled themselves with idolatry. God could direct them, and through them He could work deliverance for Israel. Success does not depend upon numbers. God can deliver by few as well as by many. He is honored not so much by the great numbers as by the character of those who serve Him.” – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 549
- Gideon-Chosen of God (children’s video)
- Gideon Band (sermon, see video below)