God's Instruments of Deliverance
Dr. Joe Temple

Review

Open your Bibles, please, to the book of Judges. You will recall that up to this time, we have learned that the book of Judges is made up of a series of disciplines and deliverances. The children of Israel would depart from the Lord; the Lord would discipline them; they would cry out to the Lord, and the Lord would raise up a deliverer. Thus far we have noticed the discipline of eight years at the hand of Mesopotamia and the deliverance provided at the hand of Othniel, the discipline that lasted eighteen years at the hand of Moab and the deliverance that was provided by Ehud.

In the third deliverance, the discipline was under the hand of the Philistines. We don't know how long this particular discipline was. The deliverance was at the hand of Shamgar. There is good reason to believe that this discipline was a proposed discipline that never really got under way, because the people saw it coming, confessed their sin and God raised up Shamgar, who delivered them from the hands of the Philistines by an ox goad. Then there was the discipline at the hand of the Canaanites, which lasted twenty years, and deliverance was provided by Deborah and Barak.

The discipline at the hand of the Midianites lasted seven years, the deliverance being provided at the hand of Gideon. It is this discipline and this deliverance which we are studying together at the present time, and it is recorded in chapters 6-8 of the book of Judges.

We have had several lessons on these chapters. As you recall, we have dealt with them from the standpoint of general lessons because in chapter 6, the Angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, and we had a study on theophanies. Then we had a study on the importance of putting out the fleece–whether or not we as believers in this day and age and time have the right to put out the fleece as Gideon did. Then we began a study of the outline for this particular deliverance, which was true of all of the disciplines and deliverances that we have noticed–namely, that there was a disobedience, then there was a discipline, then there was a deliverer, and then there was a deliverance.

We called to your attention the disobedience of the children of Israel. In this particular instance, in verse 1 of chapter 6, we read:

Judges 6

1And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

The detailed presentation of this disobedience is found in verses 25-32 of chapter 6, where we discovered that the worship of Baal became such a prominent thing in the nation that even the father of Gideon himself was a worshiper of Baal and had his own private altar dedicated to the worship of Baal. The only way that God could bless Gideon was for Gideon to cut down that altar and do away with the idolatry of his own family. Of course, that's a principle that is always true in relation to discipline. Judgment, Peter said, must begin at the house of God. Then he offers a warning that if it begin first at the house of God, what of them who obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ?

Israel, at this particular time, had become so involved in the worship of Baal that God found it necessary to discipline them, and the detailed discipline we studied was found in the paragraph beginning with verse 2 of chapter 6 and concluding with verse 6 of that same chapter. It describes a people who were living like animals, in holes and caves, in the rocks and in the mountains, who were living like animals in that they were scavengers for food because the Midianites came in and laid waste their crops, taking first the best of the crops for themselves and then burning the fields behind them so that the Israelites literally had to become scavengers for food and live like animals.

The Israelites in this instance did what they always did when the disciplining hand of God fell upon them. In verse 6 of chapter 6, Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites, and the children of Israel cried unto the Lord. If you have learned nothing else in your study of the book of Judges, you should learn that God's grace is abounding. “Where sin abounds, grace does much more abound.” You should have learned already that you cannot sin beyond the grace of God. No matter how far away from God Israel got, God's grace was able to reach out for them when they cried out in confession of their sin.

When they cried out in confession of their sin, God sent them a prophet in, verses eight through ten. This prophet is unnamed; we don't know who he was, but evidently he had to visit all of the holes and the caves and rocks and mountains and say to them in so many words, “You've cried out to God, but God wants me to give you a message. That message is, 'I cannot do anything for you until you have set things right'.”

You will notice in verse 10:

Judges 6

10And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.

“When you are willing to confess that you have disobeyed God–not just cry out to God for help, but when you are willing to confess, that you have disobeyed God–then God will raise up a deliverer for you.”

The Character of Gideon Reviewed

We learned that God did exactly that. He raised up a deliverer by the name of Gideon. We looked at the character of Gideon, and I would like for us to notice, in review, some of the things that we learned about him, because it will help us to understand what we are going to take up in this lesson which we have not yet touched upon.

We have learned that Gideon was a courageous man. He was a courageous man because, as the Angel addressed him, it became evident that Gideon was a mighty man of valor. But not only was he courageous because the Angel of the Lord recognized him as such, but his very action was courageous. Remember that while everyone else was hiding in the holes in the ground, he was at the winepress, threshing wheat that he had stolen from the Midianites as they came through reaping the harvest. He was taking his life in his hands, and the interesting thing about it is that he was the youngest member of his father's family to do this. There is no question but what he was a very courageous man.

Then, of course, if you recognize the manner in which he carried on the battle, you would know that he had to be courageous. We pointed out something else that I want to emphasize again, because people oftentimes think these things do not go together, but in the Bible they do. He was a questioning man. When the Angel of the Lord came to him and said, “Gideon, thou mighty man of valor, God is going to deliver the children of Israel through you. God is with you.”, Gideon did a very natural thing, in chapter 6. He said, “I don't understand it. If God is with us, how come we are in the mess we're in?” He was a questioning man.

There are people who will tell you that you are not thoroughly yielded to the Lord, that you are not thoroughly consecrated to the Lord, if you ever question Him. But it is natural to question, and Gideon said, “I don't understand this. You say You are with me, but if you are with me, why am I in the fix that I am in?” God went on to tell him that He had great plans and purposes for him. That led us to suggest to you that Gideon was a cautious man. I want to emphasize that because I like Gideon, and I don't like the idea of people accusing him falsely. A lot of folk say Gideon was a doubter; a lot of people said Gideon acted in the flesh, but he was a cautious man.

You remember when the Angel of the Lord came and commissioned him for the first time, he said to the Angel of the Lord, “Do you mind waiting just a moment?”, and he ran in his house and he got a little goat and some meal to make a cake, and he made an offering and brought it out to the Angel of the Lord. Now, if the Angel of the Lord had been an ordinary person, He would have eaten of that, thanked Gideon and gone on his way. But He said to Gideon, “Put it on the rock over there,” and Gideon put it on the rock and the flame of God came down and devoured the food. Gideon was a cautious man, and he said, “This sounds like the Angel of the Lord, but I don't know.” He was following the injunction of John in the first epistle, even though it had not been written up to that time, and that was, “Try the spirits to see if they be of God.” You see, it pays to be cautious. You're not doubting if you're questioning. You're cautious. “Try the spirits, to see whether they be of God.”

Then you will remember that he showed his cautious spirit again when he put out the fleece. People will tell you that if you put out a fleece, it is an act of the flesh. You don't have any faith. If you had any faith, you would not need a sign. If you had faith, you would not need God to prove Himself to you. It's amazing how we get preconceived ideas sometimes. There wasn't anything wrong with Gideon's faith. He just wanted to be sure he was on the right track, so he put out the fleece two times, as you know.

I have always been grateful to the Lord for the little experience that is recorded here in the book of Judges concerning Gideon. The night before the battle, God knew that Gideon needed some reassurance. You know, sometimes we seek the reassurance, but it is good of God to know that we need it and to let us have it without having to seek it. God knew that the next day there was going to be a great battle and so He said to Gideon, “Gideon, why don't you take your servant, Phurah, and go down in the plains where the Midianites are, slip up there by their camp, and listen to what you hear.” He did, and he heard two of the sentries talking about a dream they had about a great big barley cake that came rolling down into the camp and killed everybody that got in its way. The man who had the dream said to one of the other sentries, “What do you think that means?” He said, “I think it means that Gideon is going to whip us tomorrow; that's what I think it means.” Gideon slipped away, and said, “Thank you, Lord, for another assurance, another proof that I am on the right track.”

Let me encourage you not to be deterred in a cautious spirit by assuming you're in the flesh if you want a little proof from God about things. Gideon was a cautious man.

I would also suggest to you that he was a consecrated man. If you are cautious without being consecrated, you are going to run into trouble. But Gideon was a consecrated man in that he was totally yielded to the Lord. He said, “Lord, whatever you say, I'll do. It doesn't matter what it is.” That's a pretty big thing to say, and that's a pretty big order to follow. Some of us have said at times, “I'll go where you want me to go, and I'll be what you want me to be,” but we're just singing it. Nobody has bought your ticket and said, “go,” yet. But Gideon was a consecrated man. Remember, he started out with a great, large army, and God said, “It's too big.” And God whittled it down, and He said, “It's still too big.” And He whittled it down, and wound up with three hundred men.

If Gideon had not been a consecrated man, he would have argued with God. He would have said, “God, this is impractical. There is no point in trying to win a battle with a few men like this. God, I believe in faith, but I believe in being practical, too, and this is silly.” “Gideon,” He said, “if you want to win the battle with these 300, then this is up to you. I'm not going to be the least bit concerned about it.” From 32,000 the army was whittled down to 300. Beloved, if you don't think that takes a lot of faith to work from 32,000 to 300, you just make a practical application in your own life, and you will find that it does.

God's Instruments of Deliverance

Now, that brings us up to date. Today I want us to think together about the deliverance. We have been thinking about the deliverer, but I want us to think about the deliverance that God provided for the children of Israel, because they cried out to Him.

The first thing I would like for you to notice about God's deliverance is the instruments of this deliverance. What did God use to deliver the children of Israel from the hand of the Midianites? Well, already you would assume from what we have said that He used a man. May I remind you in this Age of Grace that that is the instrument God uses to provide deliverance? God does not use angels in this Age of Grace in the same sense that He did in the old dispensation. It is true that the angels are ministering spirits for the heirs of salvation, and it's true that when we get to Heaven, we'll find out how many times our guardian angel looked after us and met our needs, but God isn't sending angels around to do what men can do. Will you remember that? Sometimes we sit back and expect God to miraculously, supernaturally do something instead of recognizing in this Age of Grace that it pleases God to work through men. The Apostle Paul said, “We are laborers together with God.” Isn't it a thrilling thing to remember God chooses to work through men? My, how thrilled we ought to be!

He doesn't really need us, you know. The Lord Jesus Christ, while He was on this earth, taught one of the most wonderful lessons about that that we could ever possibly know. Remember that Peter drew his sword and was ready to defend the Lord, and the Lord said, “Peter, put up the sword. I don't need it. I could lift one finger to Heaven, just like that, and angels would swoop down out of Heaven and these fellows would be gone in a half a second. I don't need you really, but in spite of the fact that I don't need you, I am going to use you.” That is a thrilling thing to me, that God could get along without us, but He doesn't want to. In that sense He needs us, but you ask, “A man?” Well, Gideon was an unusual man, perhaps more unusual than most of us, in all of the ways that we have already mentioned. But some of us are not like Gideon. Some of us are pretty poor specimens when it comes to comparing ourselves to Him.

Control of the Holy Spirit

We need to remember, and there is a good illustration of it in the lesson that we have before us, that God has said in His Word, “It is not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord.” Even though everything that we have said to you today about Gideon is true, I want you to look at verse 34 of the chapter 6 and recognize something that made Gideon really the acceptable servant he was.

Judges 6

34But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet;

I say this reverently: Gideon could have blown that trumpet and all the trumpets he could have gotten hold of and nothing would have happened if it had not been for the fact that the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon. I would like for you to look at those words, “came upon,” because they come from one Hebrew word. The Hebrew word labesh literally means “clothed himself.” What do you read here? You're reading that the Spirit of the Lord clothed Himself with Gideon. That is the reason Gideon could do what he did–the Spirit of the Lord clothed Himself with Gideon.

It might be wise for us to keep in mind that in the Old Testament the ministry of the Holy Spirit in relation to believers was different than what it is in the New Testament. Without going into great detail, because time will not permit, you will remember that the New Testament teaches that the Holy Spirit comes into the believer's heart and life the moment he is born again. He comes to abide. He never leaves. But in the Old Testament, this was not so. In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit came upon men for special tasks, stayed with them until the task was done, then left them. It did not mean that He was displeased with them; it simply meant that He was operating in a different dispensation, in a different way.

I like what is suggested here about the Holy Spirit and Gideon. The Holy Spirit clothed Himself with Gideon. You know the Holy Spirit does not have a body, and that truth gripped the heart of the Apostle Paul. That is the reason he said, “What, know ye not, you are not your own? You're bought with a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body. It belongs to him.” Why? Because your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Will you get this thought today, and if it has never thrilled your heart, let it thrill your heart. If you are a believer, the Holy Spirit has clothed Himself with you, and all you need to do is let the Holy Spirit work through you.

Turn in your Bibles, please, to Galatians and notice a very familiar verse because it provides an illustration of what we are talking about. Although it is talking of the Lord Jesus Christ instead of the Holy Spirit, when you keep in mind that the Trinity is one–God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit–the application can be the same. Notice in Galatians, chapter 2, verse 20. Many of you have committed it to memory:

Galatians 2

20I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me [Christ liveth through me] : and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

How wonderful it would be today if every one of us as believers would recognize that the Holy Spirit has clothed Himself with us, and we would let Him do through us what He wants to do. My, how many struggles would be over. How many frustrations would be ceased. How little we would have to be looking for something to do if we could just say to the Lord, “Lord, I am your garment, I am your instrument to be used in whatever way You want to use me,” and recognize that if you are filled with the Spirit, controlled by the Spirit, you know that when nothing is happening, you don't need to go out and get something started. It could be that the Holy Spirit is resting a while. It could be that the Holy Spirit is preparing. I'm talking about if you are controlled by the Holy Spirit. I'm not talking about if you are out of fellowship. I'm saying that an individual, controlled by the Holy Spirit, should be able to relax and rest and know that the Holy Spirit is working through him. I like that better than working in him. The Holy Spirit does work in us in the sense that He changes us in many different ways, but we're talking now about the Holy Spirit working through, not in.

Spiritual Weapons for Warfare

We're talking about the instruments of deliverance, and we said that God works through a man. But a man is helpless without some weapons, and so we want to notice with you the instruments of deliverance in relation to the weapons that God chose to use. Now we have learned in our study of Judges the truth of what Paul said to the Corinthian believers when he said, “God has chosen the weak things of this world, the foolish things in this world to confound the mighty.” You look back over the book of Judges and the weapons that were used in deliverance and you are amazed that God would choose such simple things as an ox goad for deliverance, such a simple thing as a dagger for the deliverance of the whole nation of Israel. But God, throughout the book of Judges, chooses the weak things to confound the wise and the mighty.

As I meditate upon Gideon and the weapons which God used through Gideon, I am reminded of the truth of what the Apostle Paul said, that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. When the Scripture says, “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal,” that means “not human.” They are not of the flesh; they are not what men would choose to do. My, if we could learn that today. Sometimes someone may say to me, “How would you do so and so?” A lot of young preachers say that to me. “Now, how would you do so and so?” Many times, I have said to them, “I wouldn't.” And they would say to me, “You mean you would just let it go like that?” And I say, “No, I'd find out what God wants to do about it.” The things that we do, so often, are so wrong. The weapons of our warfare must not be carnal, they must be spiritual, mighty through God, to the pulling down of strongholds.

What weapons do you think God was going to use through Gideon to rout the Midianites? Look here at chapter 7 of the book of Judges, and notice with me verse 15:

Judges 7

15And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the LORD will [if we try our best and don't fail Him] deliver into your hand the host of Midian.

I'm reading from the Temple version. I'm reading from the human version, I'm not reading from the King James, and I am just as wrong as I can be, because what the text says is:

Judges 7

15And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the LORD hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.

That's the way God talks. The way I read it the first time is the way that Joe Temple in the flesh talks. But you see, it's not a matter of “if we do the best that we can.” It isn't a matter of “if we don't doubt and if we don't fail.” It is a matter of recognizing that we are mere instruments in God's hands. The battle has already been won. Did you notice that even though the battle has already been won, God said, “Arise and go down to the battle.”?

Acting On God's Command

You know, folk are always worried about election. At least I have a lot of them talk to me about it. They say, “If God knows who's going to be saved…” He does, Beloved; He knows. If you don't like that, don't blame me. You just blame the Word. I didn't write it; I just preach it. He knows who is going to be saved. Some people will say, “If He knows who is going to be saved, then why do we need to do anything about it?” We should not sit around and quibble about whether we ought to do anything about it. We ought to get busy doing because that's what we have been told to do. “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” “Well, God, if a body isn't going to be saved, what's the point in it?” That's not your business. You go preach.

Gideon heard the interpretation of that dream and worshiped the Lord: “Thank you Lord. You've won the battle.” He could have gone back to the camp, and he could have said, “Fellows, let's eat dinner; the Midianites are defeated.” But that isn't what he said. He said, “Arise, and let's get on with the battle because God has given the Midianites into our hands.”

Unusual Weapons Used By God

Beloved, if we spend what little time we have doing what we are commanded to do instead of wasting our time worrying about things we will never be able to understand with our finite minds, we would be much, much better off.

What were the weapons? Look at verse 16:

Judges 7

16And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, [Trumpet? Maybe that word hasn't been translated right. Maybe we had better go back to the original text and see if it doesn't say gun or bow and arrow or spear. No, it says trumpet. ] with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.

Now isn't that ridiculous? Trumpet, pitcher, lamp. Isn't that the silliest thing you ever heard of? Not a spear, not a bow, not an arrow, not a rock, not a sling. Well you see the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. “Mighty through God, to the bringing down of strongholds.”

Of course, you know the rest of the story here. You've heard it in Sunday School; you have read it. The company divided into three; they went around the Midianites, and when the signal was given from Gideon, they all blew on their trumpets. Keep in mind, except for the sentries and these two fellows who knew about the dream, the rest of them were sound asleep. They were in that sound part of sleep, just before dawn, and here came this blast of the trumpet, and they jumped up scared to death. “What in the world is it?” Then before they had a chance to catch their breath, there was the crashing of the pitchers, and they thought something sure enough had happened. Before they had a chance to find out for sure what was happening, there were the lights all around; and they said, “We're surrounded.” They were so confused, they turned on each other and slew one another, and they were completely routed. God won the victory.

Now, if anybody had told the Midianites that the best way to win a battle is with a trumpet, an empty pitcher and a lamp, he would have been laughed out of the camp. But the Midianites didn't know anything about God.

If you don't learn anything else today, I wish you would learn that God may ask you to do some things, to win some of the battles in which you may be engaged, that may seem absolutely silly as far as men are concerned. You may be running a popularity contest, trying to gain the favor of men. If you are, you don't need to listen to what I am saying; but if you want God's best for you, you be willing to use God's weapons regardless of how silly they may seem to other people.

The Trumpet Symbolizes a Testimony

In our study of the book of Judges, we have endeavored not only to present the interpretation of the Scripture, but we have endeavored as well to present the spiritual application by way of type, and I believe there is a real spiritual lesson for us in the weapons that were used by the Israelites against the Midianites. A trumpet symbolizes in the Word of God, a testimony. They had a testimony. Their testimony was, “God is with us.” Their testimony was, “Our God is mighty.” Their testimony was, “Our God answers prayer.”

You remember in chapter 12 of the book of the Revelation, Satan is cast out of Heaven for the last time, and all of Heaven rejoices in the fact that no longer can he come to Heaven to accuse the brethren. They rejoice as well that the brethren, the Tribulation saints, were not going to have too hard a time anymore. The battle was over for them, and then they said that these Tribulation saints overcame the Devil. Even though it was a terrific battle, they overcame the Devil by the Word of their testimony.

You know, if you have a testimony that's bright and shining, you're in fellowship, and it's pretty difficult for the Devil to gain the victory. Sometimes you need to get your trumpet out and shine it up. I have never played a trumpet or cornet, or any musical instrument for that matter, but I have been around a few people that have. We had a boy stay at our house all summer long, and he had a trumpet, and he'd get that thing out of the case. It looked to me that it was as bright as could be, but he would lovingly and fondly shine it. He kept it bright; he kept it glowing, and then he would spend some time practicing. And sometimes, I might say to him, “Are you going to play somewhere tonight?” “No.” “Are you going to play Sunday?” “No, I'm just keeping my lip in shape.” I don't know enough about these things to know what it means to have a good lip. I know about a good lip for some things, but not about a trumpet. But trumpeters tell me it is a good thing if you have a good lip, and I hope you are getting the lesson today.

If you are a believer, you need to shine the trumpet. You need to keep your lip in shape. You never will know when it comes time to play the trumpet. If your lip isn't in shape, you can't do it.

Treasure In Earthen Vessels

Notice that there was a pitcher, and it was a pitcher that was made out of clay, and I never read about this pitcher which Gideon used without thinking of what the Apostle Paul said in his letter to the Corinthians. It might be wise to turn to II Corinthians, chapter 4, and notice what the Apostle said about the witness that we have that he referred to as a treasure. Nothing could be any more precious than the treasure that is committed to our care. We will begin with verse 5:

II Corinthians 4

5For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7But we have this treasure [this glorious light, that is able to shine in the darkened hearts of men] in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Why does God use pitchers? Why does God use earthen vessels? So that He will have the glory. Of course there are some egomaniacs who think that everything that is done, they do; but the individual who knows the weakness of the flesh has to give God the glory. We have this treasure in earthen vessels just as certainly as Gideon had his lamp in a pitcher, which was an earthen vessel. But remember this about Gideon's pitcher: It was broken before the light was ever seen. I'm not going to tell you, because I don't know, that God has to break every pitcher before the light will be seen; but I'm going to tell you on experience, I'm going to tell you on the authority of the Word of God, in some instances God has to break the pitcher before the light can be seen. That's the reason for some of the trials.

If I have the unusual, sad experience of talking to people who have never gone through any trials, then of course you don't understand what I'm talking about. I say “sad” experience, for I feel sorry for you. If you are a child of God and you have never gone through any trials, then I feel sorry for you. I will say to you that if you do business with God, if you are young in the faith, you will go through some trials. Now, it hurts to have the pitcher broken, but my, what a difference! How much more light can be seen!

The Flame of God Within

This lamp was really a flame. It wasn't a lamp like you think of it. It was a flame inside the pitcher, a burning wick inside the pitcher. It was really the flame of God. I believe it was representative of the same flame that resides in every believer today.

Turn with me, please, to II Timothy, chapter 1, and notice Paul's letter to Timothy, verses 6 and 7:

II Timothy 1

6Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

“Stir up the gift of God that is in thee, for God has not given us the spirit of fear.” What was that gift then? It was the Holy Spirit of God. And what had Timothy done? What a lot of folk have done. He let that flame of God die down to a very low ebb. He had let that flame become just a little ember; and Paul, who was his father in the faith, looked at his life and said, “Timothy, if something isn't done and done quickly, nobody is going to be able to see the flame. So fan it and make it blaze out in glory.”

Sometimes you have seen flames that have almost died out, haven't you? What do you do? You blow on it. Sometimes you cup your hand and you blow on that flame. You don't blow it out; you blow on it to give it oxygen, and it will burst right up again, and you will have the light that you need.

You see, some of us have this flame so encompassed by this vessel of ours, with all of it's earthen desires, and God has to crash the pitcher and let some oxygen get to the flame so it will burn more brightly. So before you reach the place where you begin to wonder why God is doing what He is doing in your life, you might follow Phillip's translation of the text at which we are looking, and read, “Stir up the inner fire.” The New English Bible has it, “Stir into a flame the gift that God gave, the flame about to go out.”

The Sword of the Lord

We have one more weapon I want to bring to your attention. Did you notice back in Judges, chapter 7, they were to blow the trumpet, they were to break the pitcher, and of course the light would shine forth, and then they were to shout, “The sword of the Lord.” The very shout was disturbing. What was the Sword of the Lord? The Word of God, the only Sword any of us, in our spiritual battles, have any right to carry, the Word of the living God.

Conclusion

You and I may never be called upon to fight the Midianites, but our enemies are all around us, and I believe the way that you can gain the victory over the enemy, typically speaking, is the same way that Gideon gained the victory over his hosts: the trumpet, the pitcher, the lamp, the shout–the testimony, the life that is broken, the Holy Spirit flaming through your life, and your dependence on the Word of God.

We are going to have to stop here today. We're not through with Gideon and the Midianites. We will take them up again in the next lesson, the Lord willing.


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