The Lady with the Pie Chart

Power of The Few

“And the Lord said unto Gideon, the people are yet too many;
Bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee
There: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, this shall
go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever
I say unto thee, this shall not go with thee, the same shall not
go.”   Judges 7:4.

There is a misconception that the greater the number greater will be the change. This is a mistaken belief which permeates our culture. This rule has never been. Actually the opposite is correct. The few always have another effective way of handling the situation.

The following are examples when the few benefit or won over the many. In the history of Greeks, the most famous was the battle of Thermopylae when about 1500 Spartans held off nearly 80,000 Persians – when Xerces came down the Hellenic peninsula in his attempt to invade Athens.

The few held back the many.

In Jewish history, the Romans were kept at bay for two years when the Jewish zealots were able to take a stand at Masada; after Titus took Jerusalem. The few held back the many.

In the year and months preceding the war of independence, the ministries and merchants wrote and preached how long would our fellow country forefathers would continue the British rule.

The few stood up to the many.

The Revolutionary war was won by commitment of a very small group. It was divine intervention that George Washington could be victorious over the world’s largest army. The few fought the many.

Women are no exception to this rule. It was Florence Nightingale who saw the need for the nursing profession. It came about because the wounded men were not being cared for in the Crimea War with Great Britain and Russia. The few cared for the wounded. Out of this grew the great and wonderful nursing profession we know today.

There is no great merchant house which did not originate in the mind of one person. Here is a list of some of these: Walmart, Penny’s, Woolworths’, Albertsons, and HEB. Here again it is the few who give benefit to the many.

It was Winston Churchill, who made the remark about the defense of England when he stated “Never have so many owed so much to so few.”

 

This was in praise to the spitfire pilots at the beginning of WWII. People forget very easily any great advancement in the human experience first must come a person who says there needs to be a change for the betterment for all the people. There is a serious problem though because we seldom recognize these people when they are among us.

 

RELUCTANT

It is not exactly known why Gideon’s name was changed from Gideon to Jerubbaal, but it was. There seems to be no rational reason why. The Bible tells us the change happened.

The lines of battle had been drawn. The fighting was ready to commence. Judges 2:1, sets that out.

“And an angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to
Bo’chim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt,
and have brought you unto the land which I sware
unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my
covenant with you.”

When a victory happens then there is a tendency to want the glory for ourselves. Self before God. Judges 7:2, gives a hint of human nature.

“And the Lord said unto Gideon, the people that are
with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites
into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against
me, saying, mine own hand hath saved me.”

There are some people who only know one or two pronouns. This is “I” and “me”. Sometimes words of “mine” are used. All of this is a sign of being self-centered.

A very strange remark is set out in Judges 7:4.

“Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people,
Saying, whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return
and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned
of the people twenty and two thousand; and there
remained ten thousand.”

There must have been an enormous gathering for he gave the opportunity for the cowards to leave at once. This depicts the modern Christian. The vast majority have no spirit to join the struggle. Look around and there is the obvious. The membership will not condemn our morality such as the following:

• Theft,
• Abortion,
• Fornication,
• Adultery,
• Cursing of God, or
• Discipline.

This is part of the reason such groups as the Disciples of Christ, Methodist, the Northern Baptist’s, Unitarian’s, Presbyterian’s, and Roman Catholic’s are shrinking. The training of the membership; and without a doubt the leadership is void.

In fact, there is the supporting of the crazies and weirdos. Let me give an example of this. Jim Jones was helped by the Disciples of Christ. He was a product of Butler University. This is the man who saw to it over 900 people died in a mass suicide in South America. The thought is people are not taught right and wrong when the opportunity is presented. Thus the ungodly will not take a stand. Jim Jones was an evil man.

Incidentally if you are a church member then has your congregation given to any of the following:

• Missionaries to Africa,
• Missionaries to Europe,
• Missionaries to Asia,
• Missionaries to the Middle East,
• Missionaries to the Muslims,
• Missionaries to Detroit, Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles,
• Missionaries to the Homosexuals, or
• Missionaries to the digital age.

Churches are notorious for producing cowards, the fearful and the chicken-hearted.

 

HUGE CROWDS

God knew who he was dealing with. He understood the strength and character flaws of the people. They had to be tested to determine the strength of each person for the battle which was soon to be. This is still the rule of behavior. It seems the rule of 20/80 was in place then as it is now. The last remaining out was to be made of the remaining 23,000 men.
Judges 7:4-5, sets out the plan set forth.

“And the Lord said unto Gideon, the people are yet
too many; bring them down unto the water,
and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that
whom I say unto thee, this shall go with thee, the
same shall go with thee; and if whomsoever I say
unto thee, this shall not go with thee, the same
shall not go.

So he brought down the people unto the water:
And the Lord said unto Gideon, everyone that lappe
Of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappet, him shalt
Thou set by himself; likewise everyone that boweth
down upon his knees to drink.”

It was a different test. When they drunk water only, those who used their hands as a cup would be allowed to serve as combat soldiers. There were only 300 remaining men out of 23,000.

It was the 300 who gave the victory would come.

It was now the time for battle. Judges 7:6-8, set out the plan.

“And the number of them that lapped, putting their
hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but
all the rest of the people bowed down upon their
knees to drink water.
And the Lord said unto Gideon, by the three hundred
Men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianite
Into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man
unto his place.
So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets:
and he sent all the rest of Israel every man unto his tent, and
retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian
was beneath him in the valley.”

It seems to this writer, that – even though the United States Constitution does not state that one should serve in the armed forces in some capacity (in order to become our President). This gives the Commander-in-Chief the knowledge – known ONLY from sending men into harm’s way. A woman should not be President for that reason. Yes, this is merely a thought; since it is not the law. Your writer has served in the United States Army.

 

REASON IS TOLD

In this case a Midianite tried to interpret the dream. Gideon and his servant listened to the conversation about the coming battle as is set out in Judges 7:13-1.

“And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a
man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, behold
I dreamed a dream, and lo, a cake of barley bread tumble
Into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smot
It that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along.
And his fellow answered and said, this is nothing else save
The sword of Gideon the son of Jo’ash, a man of Israel:
Into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host.”

We are not as fortunate as Gideon because the outcome of every engagement is not known or foreseen for us. This is where faith must come. The victory is ours from the start. Never forget this.

 

CONCLUSION

It was Jesus who addressed the subject of war within the human race; no Christian desires war for war’s sake. However, in Mark 13:7, Jesus said this shall be the sign of the end.

“And when ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars,
be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but
the end shall not be yet.”

Then in Matthew 24:6, the writer states the same from Jesus.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars:
see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must
come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

As a Christian, there must be the preparation to do battle. In the modern world of these infidels, war is not what they want to hear. This is foolish. We as Christians must be prepared to engage the enemy. First as Christians this is done by following the teachings of Jesus Christ. Second, the sound of battle must be used when we attack the enemy.

There is a group of people to whom death is the only answer to stop them. This is the muslims. Reason has long since disappeared from their minds. When the future confrontation is inevitable, then our action toward peace no longer is an option.

The chapter on Gideon can have a profound influence when we discuss what the message is: Destroy the enemy.

KEEP THE FAITH!

 

 

JESUS IS CALLING

“Jesus is tenderly calling me home
Calling today, calling today
Why from the sunshine of love will thou roam
Farther and farther away?

Calling today, calling today
Jesus is calling, is tenderly calling today.

Jesus is calling the weary to rest
Calling today, calling today
Bring Him thy burden and thou shalt be blessed
He will not turn thee away.

Calling today, calling today
Jesus is calling, is tenderly calling today.

Jesus is pleading, O list to His voice
Hear Him today, hear Him today
They who believe on His Name shall rejoice
Quickly arise and away.

Calling today, calling today
Jesus is calling, He is tenderly calling today.”

GERALD K. FUGIT
DiggingOldWells.com
July 24, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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