Every one in their place…
Judges 7:21 “And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the hosts ran, and cried, and fled.”
Before we deal with the historical setting…..I want to talk of the work of the church….and every Christian, “in their place”:
First, we are to grow in grace…
Philippians 1:9–11 “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgement;
That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and with out offense till the day of Christ;
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”
Second, we are to pray for, and edify one another…..”till we all come”….no one that belongs to Christ, is to be left out….or “unimportant”……it is “we all”:
Ephesians 4:12-13 “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullne of Christ:”
Third, we are to stand, holding the ground Christ has won and given us…..
1 Corinthians 16:13 “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”
Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
And, then….we are to shine our lights, that all those that see us….can see Jesus….whether they receive Him, or not.
Matthew 5:16 “Let your lights so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which in heaven.
In all of these, we….as His children and soldiers…..are to be in the place the Lord has given us.
He has chosen you…and He wants to bless you in your place, doing your task.
John 15:16 “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever ye may ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you.”
He does all things well.
For we are ordained for the work He has called us to…..and we should all bring forth fruit to Christ.
(Ordained means that all the provision we need is set aside for us.)
Judges 7:21 “And they stood every man in his place round about the camp; and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.”
Israel had sinned….and God was allowing them to be invaded by the Midianites….which would strip them of their crops….the bread they needed.
But God also was calling a man to lead an army to force these enemies out of Israel!
And when Gideon answered that call….thousands showed up to help…..but they were quickly sent back to their tents…
….God had a better plan.
God chose…..three hundred men….chosen, and separated for the work….(Judges 7:2, 5-7)
The number is small….so the glory to God is great!
The work itself was to follow their leader:
Judges 7:17 “And he (Gideon) said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do.”
(As His church, we should follow our great example….Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:21)
They were given trumpets….to blow…to wake everyone up!
They were given lamps and pitchers…..so they could break the vessel and shine at a particular time!
We know that they were also equipped with Words….how important they were….again….at the right time.
Judges 7:20 “And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in there left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord and of Gideon.”
(How much this is like the church’s work….for we have been chosen to be His witnesses on earth, now:
….there will be awaking to Him, by the Holy Spirit.
….there will be His light shining to others.
….there will be His Word spoken.)
Gideon’s men got into place….and when all was right….Gideon, himself blew his trumpet and shouted…..and they all did as he did…..breaking the pitchers, so their lamps might shine brightly…
….all around the camp of the Midianites….
There is no fighting yet….for God “fights” for them…..bringing panic to the enemy….
….when they hear the trumpets…..seeing the lights all around….and hearing the shouting….
….in the dark, these Midianites, fight one another….uncertain of who was who.
Then, Gideon’s men come down and fight….driving the enemy out of the land.
This battle was about bread….food for God’s people.
The Midianites would come and loot all they could take….of the grain, grown.
And take it away.
Are we ready to stand and shine and speak for God and His Word?
Christ is the Bread of Life…..and in this world people are starving….
Are we ready to stand in our place, that the Bread of Life would be given to His people….wherever they are?
The Lord has chosen us….and ordained us….that we might bring forth fruit…to His honor and glory!
The Lord ordains….by His Spirit….by His grace (the unmerited favor of power)….by His guidance….
….giving us all we need….when we need it.
Are we in our place?