Verse of the Day – June 5, 2023

Verse of the Day – June 5, 2023

June 05, 2023 – Monday 

Judges 7:5-7    NIV

So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.” 

Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.

The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.”

Judges 7:5-7    ESV

So he brought the people down to the water. And the Lord said to Gideon, “Every one who laps the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set by himself. Likewise, every one who kneels down to drink.”

And the number of those who lapped, putting their hands to their mouths, was 300 men, but all the rest of the people knelt down to drink water. 

And the Lord said to Gideon, “With the 300 men who lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hand, and let all the others go every man to his home.” 

Comments

Prior to services on Sunday our water pump at churcch failed, and we had no water and no way to get it fixed on a Sunday. Larger than the usual attendance due to four baptisms scheduled after services followed by a fellowship meal under our picnic shelter added to the problem. Thankfully the pump quit after the inflatable baptismal was over half full.. Today a new pump 120 feet down along with new wiring was finally accomplished about 5:30 p.m. 

That led me to look for a verse on the importance of water. Instead, I ran across the verses above. I recall hearing them in the lead of a movie online, the name I cannot recall for some reason. And I ran also ran across this blog with the title “Help Solve This Bible Translation Mystery.”  He was using the NRSV which differed from the NIV, the ESV and the KJV. The NRSV read, The Lord said to Gideon, “All those who lap the water with their tongues, as a dog laps, you shall put to one sideall those who kneel down to drink, putting their hands to their mouths, you shall put to the other side.”  The number of those that lapped was 300; but all the rest of the troops knelt down to drink water. Then the Lord said to Gideon, “With the 300 that lapped I will deliver you, let the others go.”

The movie said the men who drank from their hands (lapping from their hands) were better warriors for even while satisfying their thirst, they kept their eyes out watching the horizon looking for possible enemies, staying prepared. Indeed! And these were the 300 men. What was going on? 

Gideon had started out with thirty-two thousand men for the coming battle with the Midianites. God said that was too many and the number was reduced to ten thousand when the LORD said anyone who was fearful could leave. And ten thousand was still too many, thus, But the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.” Then with our verses for today the number was reduced to 300, So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.” Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink. The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.”

Gideon and his 300 men won a great many battles against overwhelming odds and when offered the chance to rule over Israel in 8:23, 23 Gideon told them, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The Lord will rule over you.”

Bottom Line: With only 300 men, Gideon remembered who made his victories possible – God. 

Prayer: Almighty God, Through Gideon You showed us that faith in You and not numbers is what brings victory. Thank You for such a lesson. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

RileyD, nwJ     

Riley D. Driver – Pastor          

Calvary Chapel of Dayton    

in Beavercreek