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    Default God advocates situational awareness!

    God's Selection Process
    TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
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    "So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, 'Separate those who lap the water with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel down to drink.'" Judges 7:5Would you ever take on an army of 100,000 with only 300 men? Sound preposterous? I agree. However, this is exactly what happened with Gideon. It was bad enough that he began with 10,000 against 100,000, but this was too many men according to God. He would not allow Gideon to fight with this many soldiers, because the temptation would still remain to believe that it was the strength of his army that won the victory. God told Gideon to pare down his army to a mere 300. This would ensure that God would receive total credit for the victory. This is a law in the Kingdom of God. All glory must go to Him. "Announce now to the people, 'Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.' So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained" (Judg. 7:3).
    Now there are 10,000 men left but that was still too many. God gave Gideon an interesting selection method for the 300 as he took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, "Separate those who lap the water with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel down to drink" (Judg. 7:5b). What was the significance of this? Those soldiers who lapped water like a dog were soldiers who were more aware of the enemy around them compared to those who kneeled to drink. The lappers were men who were on constant guard to the danger around them, keeping their eyes up and looking about them. The others could be easily picked off.
    If you and I are going to be one of God's elite, we must be battle ready. We must be sensitive to the spiritual dangers around us. We must be trained to go about our business while, at the same time, discern when the enemy of our souls is prowling about seeking to destroy us. "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Pet. 5:8). Beware of the spiritual dangers around you.

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    I always thought that was an interesting
    way for God to sift out the warriors.

    Great scripture.

    John
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    That's the verses that popped into my head when I read the thread title.

    I had to explain that to my wife when we read it one night a few months back.

    We were reading from the bible every night, we need to get back to that.

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    Nice sentiment but I think it's completely wrong, and probably written by someone who's never "lapped" water from a stream or really spent time in wild country. It seems to me they got that completely backwards; sticking your face down at water level to drink does not demonstrate situational awareness, in fact it prevents you from seeing anything else but the water right in front of you.

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    The way I read/understood the bible verses was the he was directed to send the face down to the water lappers home and keep those who dipped their hands into the water and then raised their hands to their mouth to drink the water while keeping their faces up where they could look around while drinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M1A's r Best View Post
    The way I read/understood the bible verses was the he was directed to send the face down to the water lappers home and keep those who dipped their hands into the water and then raised their hands to their mouth to drink the water while keeping their faces up where they could look around while drinking.
    Judges 7 v.6 "Three hundred men lapped with their hands to their mouths. All the rest got down on their knees to drink."

    It was the kneelers who were situationally unaware.
    ...If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"...
    If - Rudyard Kipling

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    I remember we had this in Sunday school a while back, and I had to explain it to the folks what was going on and why one way was better than the other. I got some weird looks but that ain't nothing new
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    I always regarded the story as the first Special Forces Selection
    ...If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"...
    If - Rudyard Kipling

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    To me the most interesting part of this story is in 7:20, when the 300 blew the trumpets, smashed the jars, and shouted “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!”. I find it interesting because the troops didn't have any swords. They held torches in their left hands and trumpets in their right. In v 22 the LORD caused the Midianites to turn on each other with their own swords.

    The victory was the LORD's, not Gideon's!

    John W in SC

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    Quote Originally Posted by John W in SC View Post
    The victory was the LORD's, not Gideon's!

    John W in SC
    Great point. One of my favorite verses is

    Prov 21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.

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