Shof'tim (Judges) Chapter 7

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Zayin(SEVEN) – focal point of sustenance and struggle; perfection

Shof’tim 7:1-3 Then Yeruba’al (Jerubbaal) (that is, Gid’on) and all the people who were with him, rose early and camped beside the spring of Ein-Harod; and the camp of Midyan was on the north side of them by Giv’at-Moreh (the hill of Moreh) in the valley. And the L-RD said to Gid’on, "The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midyan into their hands, lest Israel become boastful, saying, 'My own power has delivered me.' "Now therefore come, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, 'Whoever is afraid and trembling, let him return and depart from Mount Gilead.'" So 22,000 people returned, but 10,000 remained.

The Israelite army started out with 32,000 men.

You are too many for Me – At this point Gid’on must have been thinking …you are kidding aren’t you? But notice why G-d feels there are too many, He did not want them to become boastful and take credit for the battle that He intended to win.

Shof’tim 7:4-8 Then the L-RD said to Gid’on, "The people are still too many; bring them down to the water and I will test them for you there. Therefore it shall be that he of whom I say to you, 'This one shall go with you,' he shall go with you; but everyone of whom I say to you, 'This one shall not go with you,' he shall not go." So he brought the people down to the water. And the L-RD said to Gid’on, "You shall separate everyone who laps the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, as well as everyone who kneels to drink." Now the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was 300 men; but all the rest of the people kneeled to drink water. And the L-RD said to Gid’on, "I will deliver you with the 300 men who lapped and will give the Midyanites into your hands; so let all the other people go, each man to his home." So the 300 men took the people's provisions and their shofar (trumpets) into their hands. And Gid’on sent all the other men of Israel, each to his tent, but retained the 300 men; and the camp of Midyan was below him in the valley.

The L-rd G-d is our deliverer. This is the same with the gift of eternal life – we are not our own saviors by what we do or do not do – it is the L-rd who is our savior and salvation – only through what He did are we justified. Pride becomes an idol and man tries to take credit for his salvation in all false ideologies. Some may say, I was a good person or I went to worship G-d once a week, etc. Notice the pronoun in this. It is “I”. They are their own saviors not G-d. Our trust should not be in ourselves but in Yeshua. G-d’s standard is perfection. We all like sheep have gone astray but He laid on Him the iniquity of us all. We all have sinned and fallen short. Only Yeshua lived a sinless life. Place your trust in what He did on the execution stake. What He did saves us. Then our focus is where it belongs for our deliverance and our path to perfection. He will then finish the work He began in us to completion.

There was nothing in the ability of the men as soldiers that made the L-rd choose them for battle. None of the soldiers were even lifted a sword because the enemy fled.

Back to the Scripture:

Shof’tim 7:9-11 Now the same night it came about that the L-RD said to him, "Arise, go down against the camp, for I have given it into your hands. But if you are afraid to go down, go with Purah your servant down to the camp, and you will hear what they say; and afterward your hands will be strengthened that you may go down against the camp. "So he went with Purah his servant down to the outposts of the army that was in the camp.

The 300 still had to act on their faith. We too must act and confess with our mouths that we believe in our hearts that the Father told Yeshua to tell us the good news about His Son.

Shof’tim 7:12 Now the Midyan (Midianites) and the Amelk (Amalekites) and all the sons of the east were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as numerous as the sand on the seashore.

Without number – notice if they were relying on their own strength, they would have been under staffed with the original number of 32,000. Now with only 300, no one could claim the victory for themselves. It would be clear that G-d won the battle for them.

A scene of glorious battle played out for Gid’on. We also get another picture of similar future battle for the Messiah Yeshua. The terminology numerous as the sand on the seashore is familiar but different for the enemies in the future and they are not only those concerning the sons of the east but nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog:

Revelation 20:7-8 And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore.

Back to Gid’on:

Shof’tim 7:13-14 When Gid’on came, look, a man was relating a dream to his friend. And he said, "Look, I had a dream; a loaf of barley bread was tumbling into the camp of Midyan, and it came to the tent and struck it so that it fell, and turned it upside down so that the tent lay flat." And his friend answered and said, "This is nothing less than the sword of Gid’on the son of Joash, a man of Israel; G-d has given Midyan and all the camp into his hand."

IMO this dream is a short term prophecy of Gid’on and a long term prophecy of the Messiah. Barley bread was eaten by the poor and was a cheaper grain sometimes even used to feed animals. This represents Gid’on who was from a poor family as he stated earlier. In the longer term this would also represent the Messiah who became poor for our sake.. He is known as the bread of life but also was made poor so we could be rich. So a cheaper bread would certainly fit His description.

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the mercy of our L-rd Yeshua HaMashiach, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

The tents laying flat are probably the attack of Gid’on against them causing their downfall. These two men may represent a picture of the two witnesses in the future during the time before Yeshua’s return to conquer.

Revelation 11:3"And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth."

Back to Gid’on:

Shof’tim 7:15-19 And it came about when Gid’on heard the account of the dream and its interpretation, that he bowed in worship. He returned to the camp of Israel and said, "Arise, for the L-RD has given the camp of Midyan into your hands." And he divided the 300 men into three companies, and he put shofar (trumpets) and empty pitchers into the hands of all of them, with torches inside the pitchers. And he said to them, "Look at me, and do likewise. And look, when I come to the outskirts of the camp, do as I do. When I and all who are with me blow the trumpet, then you also blow the shofar (trumpets) all around the camp, and say, 'For the L-RD and for Gid’on.'" So Gid’on and the hundred men who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when they had just posted the watch; and they blew the shofar (trumpets) and smashed the pitchers that were in their hands.

This is also a picture of the future judgment when during the middle of Ya’akov’s trouble the angels will blow “SEVEN” shofar (trumpets) of judgment and “SEVEN” pitchers will be smashed to bring victory to our L-rd Yeshua HaMashiach.

Seven shofar (trumpets) (Rev. 8:6- 9:21) And the seven angels who had the seven shofar (trumpets) prepared themselves to sound them. And the first sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. And the second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood; and a third of the creatures, which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed. And the third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters; and the name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood; and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter. And the fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were smitten, so that a third of them might be darkened and the day might not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way. And I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven, saying with a loud voice, "Woe, woe, woe, to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!" ……etc.

SEVEN PICTURES OR BOWLS (Rev. 16:1-21)

Revelation 16 And I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of G-d into the earth." And the first angel went and poured out his bowl into the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore upon the men who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image. And the second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died. And the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters saying, "Righteous are you, who art and who wast, O Holy One, because You did JUDGE these things; for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it. " And I heard the altar saying, "Yes, O L-rd G-d, the Almighty, true and righteous are your judgments." And the fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun; and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of G-d who has the power over these plagues; and they did not repent, so as to give Him glory. And the fifth angel poured out his bowl upon the throne of the beast; and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain, and they blasphemed the G-d of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds. And the sixth angel poured out his bowl upon the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, that the way might be prepared for the kings from the east. And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs; for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of G-d, the Almighty. ("Look, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his garments, lest he walk about naked and men see his shame.") And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Armageddon. And the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air; and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, "It is done." And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty. And the great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And Babylon the great was remembered before G-d, to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, came down from heaven upon men; and men blasphemed G-d because of the plague of the hail, because its plague was extremely severe.

Shof’tim 7:20 When the three companies blew the shofar (trumpets) and broke the pitchers, they held the torches in their left hands and the shofar (trumpets) in their right hands for blowing, and cried, "A sword for the L-RD and for Gid’on!"

The three companies represents the three angels who blow shofar (trumpets) and the torches they held represent the fire that they bring down on the earth at this time.

Revelation 8:7-11 And the first sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. And the second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood; and a third of the creatures, which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed. And the third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, “BURNING LIKE A TORCH”, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters; and the name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood; and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.

They also take control of the waters just like the Isrealites.

Shof’tim 7:21-22a And each stood in his place around the camp; and all the army ran, crying out as they fled. And when they blew 300 shofar (trumpets), the L-RD set the sword of one against another even throughout the whole army;

This is a picture of the future and those who kill each other by the sword.

Revelation 6:4 And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men should slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.

Back to the army:

Shof’tim 7:22b -23and the army fled as far as Beit-Sheetah toward Tz’rerah, as far as the edge of Avel-M’cholah, by Tabat. And the men of Israel were summoned from Naftali and Asher and all M’nasheh, and they pursued Midyan.

This is a picture of those who will flee in the future:

Revelation 6:15 And the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains;

Back to Gid’on:

Shof’tim 7:24-25 And Gid’on sent messengers throughout all the hill country of Efrayim, saying, "Come down against Midyan and take the waters before them, as far as Beit-barah and the Yarden." So all the men of Efrayim were summoned, and they took the waters as far as Beit-barah and the Yarden. And they captured the two leaders of Midyan, Orev and Ze’ev, and they killed Orev at the rock of Orev, and they killed Ze’ev at the wine press of Ze’ev, while they pursued Midyan; and they brought the heads of Orev and Ze’ev to Gid’on from across the Yarden.

Another picture of messengers bringing judgment in the future: Messengers are also angels.

They killed Orev at the rock of Orev – picture of those killed trying to hide under rocks.

Revelation 6:16-17 and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come; and who is able to stand? "

They also killed Ze’ev at the wine press – picture of the wine press of the wrath of G-d.

Revelation 14:18-20 And another angel (messenger) , the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, "Put in your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe." And the angel swung his sickle to the earth, and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great WINE PRESS of the wrath of G-d. And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses' bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.