|Judges 7:1-7 |
1 Then Jerub-baal, that is, Gideon, and all the men who were with him rose up early and encamped beside the well of Harod, so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them by the hill of Moreh in the valley.
2 And the LORD said to Gideon, "The men who are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel boast themselves against me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me.'
3 Now therefore go and proclaim in the ears of the men, saying, 'Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn back and depart from Mount Gilead.'" And twenty two thousand of the men returned, and ten thousand remained.
4 And the LORD said to Gideon, "The men are still too many; bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. And it will be, that of whom I say to you, 'This one shall go with you,' shall go with you; and of whom I say to you, 'This one shall not go with you,' shall not go."
5 So he brought the men down to the water, and the LORD said to Gideon, "Everyone who laps up the water with his tongue as a dog laps, you shall set by himself, likewise everyone who bows down on his knees to drink."
6 And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men, but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.
7 And the LORD said to Gideon, "With the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other men go, every man to his own place."1
1 And the LORD said to Gideon, "With the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other men go, every man to his own place." Those who lapped up the water with their hand were cautious, drinking while keeping an eye out for the enemy. Those who dunked their faces in the water showed no judgment in caution. This is the physical example for our spiritual seeking of God: while we are listening for the voice of the Lord, the word within our hearts, we must be cautious and not be fooled by the enemy who also speaks to us. The enemy gives us incomplete commands, tempting us to fill in the blanks, following our own hearts; the enemy gives us visions with no understandings, tempting us to guess what they mean, following our own hearts; the enemy contradicts the commands of the Lord with commands that lead us to evil; the enemy tries to confuse and discourage us. If we blindly drink the water without the caution of being on the watch for the enemy, we fail until we learn to ignore all the enemies' tricks.