“…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.”(‭‭Judges‬ ‭7:10b-11‬ ‭NASB‬‬)DOWN TO THE ENEMY’S CAMP

Gideon has watched the LORD dismiss over 31,000 fighters from his army. He is left with only 300 men. What is God’s strategic plan with so few? He instructs Gideon to go down under the cover of night into the enemy ‘s camp to discover the nature of his enemy. God knows his servant and is aware of Gideon’s reluctance to engage into battle. The LORD says, “If you are afraid…take Purah with you”(Judges 7:10a).

Gideon’s servant was Purah. His name means, “bough, shoot or branch”. It is suggestive of his 

servant’s character. He was probably his “armor bearer” and a loyal friend. He was to go along with Gideon (like Pancho the faithful companion in the classic tale of “Don Quiote”) to strengthen his courage and resolve.  


We each know the value of a few loyal companions; those true friends. Further, as someone has said. “If you’re going to war, you want to know whose in the foxhole with you?”.   

The wise Solomon wrote, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up”(Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).

The Lord Jesus affirms this as he is training his apostles to advance the kingdom of heaven into new regions. “After this the Lord chose another 72 men and sent them out two by two, to go on ahead of him to every town and place where he himself was about to go”( Luke 10:1 GNB).

The “two by two” principle sending forth was a strategic kingdom plan. It would provide companionship along the way of challenges, threats and unexpected adventures. Their new opportunities and strategic battles would be shared as well as their joys of victory celebrated.

God was not sending Gideon down into the enemy’s camp to be captured nor defeated. But He wanted to further inspire him regarding his divine assignment. Gideon would hear what the enemy was saying regarding himself and be fortified, knowing he was more than a conqueror for his day of battle. “Your hands will be strengthened that you may go down into the enemy’s camp”(Judges 7:10). 

“When Gideon arrives, he hears a man telling a friend about a dream he had the night before. He relayed, “I dreamt that a loaf of barley bread rolled into our camp and hit a tent. The tent collapsed and lay flat on the ground.” His friend replied, “It’s the sword of the Israelite, Gideon son of Joash! It can’t mean anything else! God has given him victory over Midian and our whole army!” When Gideon heard about the man’s dream and what it meant, he fell to his knees and worshipped the Lord. Then he went back to the Israelite camp and said, “Get up! The Lord is giving you victory over the Midianite army!”(‭‭Judges‬ ‭7:13-15‬ ‭GNB‬‬).

Dreams and their interpretation come from the LORD God of Israel. God gave the enemy the dream and He gave the enemy the interpretation of his own defeat at the hand of “Gideon son of Joash”. God has your name in mind for victory!

Later, in the Gospel of Luke, the Lord Jesus explained to the disciples the true cause of rejoicing after their recent ministry conquest over the enemy. 

“The 72 men came back in great joy. “Lord,” they said, “even the demons obeyed us when we gave them a command in your name!” Jesus answered them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Listen! I have given you authority, so that you can walk on snakes and scorpions and overcome all the power of the Enemy, and nothing will hurt you. But don’t be glad because the evil spirits obey you; rather be glad because your names are written in heaven”(Luke‬ ‭10:17-20‬ ‭GNB‬‬)

Yes. Jesus teaches us that when we are sent into spiritual battle to fulfill our God assignments, the enemy must eventually bow, knowing our names are written in  heaven. God knows us by name when we use His Son’s Name in our struggles against our opponent. Further, our adversary knows that there is coming a day when “every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord”(See 1 John 4:3-4; Philippians 2:9-11).     What a day of rejoicing that will be.

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