The dream of victory (Judg 7:9-7:15)

“That same night Yahweh said to Gideon. ‘Get up! Attack the camp! I have given it into your hand. But if you fear to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah. You shall hear what they say. Afterward your hands shall be strengthened to attack the camp.’ Then he went down with his servant Purah to the outposts of the armed men that were in the camp.”

Yahweh woke up Gideon and told him to attack the camp. He told him to take his servant and listen to what people were saying in his camp. Gideon took his servant and went to listen.

“The Midianites, the Amalekites, and all the people of the East lay along the valley as thick as locusts. Their camels were without number, countless as the sand on the seashore. When Gideon arrived, there was a man telling a dream to his comrade. He said. ‘I dreamed a dream. In the dream a cake of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian. It came to the tent and struck it so that it fell. It turned it upside down and the tent collapsed.’ His comrade answered. ‘This is no other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash, a man of Israel. Into his hand God has given Midian and all the army.’ When Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped God. He returned to the camp of Israel, and said. ‘Get up. Yahweh has given the army of Midian into your hands.’”

There were a lot of soldiers and camels in the Midian camp. The importance of dreams cannot be overlooked as Gideon heard the dream and interpretation, which led to his actions. The soldiers thought that Gideon would win the battle like a cake of barley bread that would strike down a tent.


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