Gideon, the fifth Judge of Israel, with God’s help gets 300 men

Judges 7:5-8. 5th Judge of Israel 1191BC-1151BC 40 years.

Gideon was asked by God to get a group of fighting men. God then told him how to select these men. Following God’s plan, Gideon led the Israelites to victory against their enemies.

Gideon in Hebrew means: feller or hewer.

Gideon’s father nicknamed Gideon: Jerub-Baal – let Baal contend because Gideon pulled down the Baal idol.

Background Reading:

God gives Gideon 300 men

7:5 So he brought his soldiers down to the water, and the LORD told Gideon, “You are to cull out everyone who laps up water with his tongue like a dog from everyone who kneels to drink.” 6 The contingent of soldiers who lapped water with their hands to their mouths numbered 300 men, but everyone else kneeled to drink water.

7 Then the LORD told Gideon, “I’m going to deliver you with the 300 soldiers who lapped by giving the Midianites into your control. Send everyone else back to their own homes.”

8 So the soldiers took provisions with them, along with their trumpets, and Gideon sent all the rest of the soldiers of Israel back to their own tents, but he retained the 300 men. And the Midian encampment was below him in the valley.
Judges 7:5—8
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