Mar 14, 2018 · Gideon was the fifth judge over Israel in the book of Judges. He is introduced in chapter 6 of the book while he was harvesting wheat and hiding from the Midianites. An angel came to him and called upon him to "save Israel from the hand of Midian." With the help of God, Gideon goes on to destroy the Altar of Baal and miraculously defeat the army of Midian with only 300 men.
Judges 6 - NIV: The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites. Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strong...
So Gideon took ten men from among his servants and did as the LORD had said to him. But because he feared his father’s household and the men of the city too much to do it by day, he did it by night. a. The same night that the Lord said to him: This happened right away. When Gideon made himself responsive to God, God guided him.
And Gideon did so. 21 Then the angel of the Lord touched the meat and the unleavened bread with the tip of the staff that was in his hand. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the Lord disappeared. 22 When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he exclaimed, “Alas, Sovereign Lord!
So Gideon arose and killed Zebah and Zalmunna, and took the crescent ornaments that were on their camels’ necks. Gideon’s Ephod 22 Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, ( Y ) “Rule over us, both you and your son, and your grandson also; for you have ( Z ) delivered us from the hand of Midian.”
So Gideon took Purah and went down to the edge of the enemy camp. 12 The armies of Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east had settled in the valley like a swarm of locusts. Their camels were like grains of sand on the seashore—too many to count! 13 Gideon crept up just as a man was telling his companion about a dream.
So Gideon, at God's command, sent back to the camp on Mount Gilboa all the rest of his army, nearly ten thousand men, keeping with himself only his little band of three hundred. Gideon's plan did not need a large army; but it needed a few careful, bold men, who should do exactly as their leader commanded them.