March 07, 2008

Breadcrumb: When you don't have strength in numbers...

Having sent away fully 98% of his army so that he is left with only 300 soldiers, Gideon faces a much larger Midianite force. Instead of attacking head-on, which would be foolishness unless you're Shamgar and you've got an oxgoad, Gideon divides his men into three companies and surrounds the camp. At night, he has his men blow trumpets, break pots, and generally make such a huge amount of noise that the Midianites wake up in a panic and start killing each other. Gideon and his men waltz in, kill as many Midianites as they please, and rout the army. So much for outnumbering the foe. (Judg. 7:16-25)

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