Thursday, July 15th, 2010
"They began calling out: "Jehovah's sword and Gideon's!" (Judges 7:20)
About ten miles across the valley from Megiddo lies the hill of Moreh where in the days of Judge Gideon, the combined troops of Midianites, Amalekites, and Easterners gathered to wage war. (Judges 7:1, 12) Gideon's small force finally numbered only 300 men, but with Jehovah's help, they routed the large enemy force. How? Following God's direction, they surrounded the enemy camp at night holding jars that concealed flaming torches. When Gideon gave the signal, his men smashed the jars and the hidden torches were suddenly revealed. At the same time, they blew their horns and shouted: "Jehovah's sword and Gideon's!" The enemy were thrown into confusion, and they turned to killing one another; survivors fled across the Jordan River. Meanwhile, more Israelites joined in pursuit of the enemy. Altogether, 120,000 enemy soldiers were slaughtered.—Judges 7:19-25; 8:10.
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/08, 3:13)