When God Uses Only 1 Percent – Gideon’s Story Part 5

Here’s part 5, the last episode of my talk on the story of Gideon.

And now we see Gideon calls all the people forward, gathers 32,000 into an army and they are ready to go!  This is a good sized army, but not compared to the 135,000 they are up against.

Then, God tells Gideon “You have too many people.”

What??  So 22,000 people go home.

“Alright, are we good?” Gideon thinks.

“You have too many people” God responds, and whittles them down to just 300.

Only 1% of the original army is left!

You can also listen to this episode on the podcast.

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  1. ? Thank you, I just went back and hit the 2 episodes I had missed. This was much needed. I’ve been reminded of a guitarist from the late 70’s named Honeytree. She did a song called “I am Your Servant”. I was blessed and am being chastised. Thank you, Dean.

  2. This instruction from Paul comes to my mind when I reflect on the humility and faith it took for Gideon to obey God. While we each carry this powerful treasure in our life, we are to keep focused on what is not yet seen, on the eternal.
    “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves… For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” ~ 2 Cor 4:7, 17-18

  3. This was a very helpful study, Dean. Yes, His power is made perfect in our weakness (2Cor 12:9), so only He is glorified (Is 42:8).