After Israel inhabited the Promised Land God sent various prophets and leaders to speak His Word and lead the people before they had a king.
Part of this time period is narrated for us in the book called Judges. Gideon was one of these judges.
God called him to lead Israel into battle with the Midianites.
The Midianite army had about 135,000 men. Gideon gathered an army of 32,000 men. However, God told Gideon that there were too many men in the army. Through a selection process, God whittled the
Israelite army down to just 300 men.
Gideon was scared, But he trusted God to prove His promise. God said they needed a smaller army so that people would know that it was God who won the battle, and not a large army.
The night of the battle Gideon and his servant sneaked into the camp of the Midianites and overheard the telling of a dream.
The two Midianites interpreted the dream to mean that Gideon’s small army would wipe out their larger army.
With new assurance Gideon return to his camp to begin the battle. The Midianites were so scared so much that many of them started fighting and killing one another thinking that Gideon’s army was all around them.
Through faith Gideon, with a small army, conquered the Midianites.