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Judges 7 Notes

Posted by lehunt on May 23, 2014

Chapter 7

v. 14:  It is interesting to note that the Midianite camp knew of Gideon and were afraid of him.  I can think of a few of explanations for why this was so.  Either word of Gideon’s act in the previous chapter spread, giving him the reputation of being a champion of God and Israel, or the Midianites killed Gideon’s brothers[1] when they moved in [2] and the rumor of Gideon’s wrath has since reached the Midianites.[3]  Perhaps even God himself revealed Gideon’s presence to the Midianites.

v. 20:  I believe this phrase about the sword of the LORD and of Gideon was used because Gideon heard the words of the Midianite’s dream interpretation and sought to make the dream come to life in the very words of the Midianite, to unsettle the enemy still more.[4]

 


[1] See 8:18-19.

[2] 6:33

[3] I wonder if “the spirit of the LORD took possession of Gideon” (6:34) in the same moment that he felt this wrath against the Midianites, as if one phenomenon simultaneously invited the other.

[4] See 7:14.

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