The Weapons of Warfare
“Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars that were in their hands. The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, ‘A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!’” (Judges 7:19-20)
God has very strict demands on those He will use, involving the divine intent of His choice. Although 32,000 Israelites were willing to die for their country, and fight for the survival of their people against the allied Midian enemy, God knew the fear and pride hidden within each human heart. These people would boast of themselves when triumphant, and steal the glory of God. So God declared to the followers of Gideon that those who were frightened could go home. So 22,000, or two-thirds of the total, turned back, leaving just 10,000 who were not afraid of hardship and were willing to sacrifice themselves. Yet God still could not use all these un-tested people. So taking the opportunity of human thirst, He tested them through the manner of their water drinking. The result was that only 300 vigilant warriors were chosen. That comprised just 3% of the original total. At the time of battle, the 300 warriors were divided into 3 groups, with just 100 per group. The weapons allotted to them to do battle were not swords, spears, knives and axes, nor shields and armour, but trumpets, empty jars and torches. God again tested these warriors who loved their nation, were willing to sacrifice, were not proud in victory, and were not deterred in their determination, of their trust in, and submission to Him. When they blew their trumpets, broke the jars, raised up their torches and cried out the name of God, God caused their enemies to totally crumble.
In the old days people used horns to carry oil, jars to hold water, and fire to bake bread. God chose these household utensils to be the tools of His victory over the enemy in order to point out that He has the authority and freedom of choice. He also used weak and unworthy things to accomplish His works so that people would recognize His great might. Through trumpet, jar and fire, God also has some admonitions for the saints:
1. Saints are people who keep watch; they must be vigilant to blow the trumpet. In the past when the battle loomed, people would blow the trumpet to warn the citizens to take precautions or gather for conflict. "Son of man, speak to your countrymen and say to them: 'When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not take warning and the sword comes and takes his life, his blood will be on his own head.’” (Ezekiel 33:2-4) Saints are like spiritual warriors. They have to be vigilant and watchful persons, always alert to the work of the devil, with the responsibility to warn and exhort others lest some fall into the deception and snare of sin.
2. Saints are those who serve; they act as broken vessels. Those who are used by God have to be broken for the Lord (self denial), so that the life of Christ can be manifested through these weak bodies. “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7) God’s life is like very valuable treasure hidden within these lowly, corruptible bodies of ours. At such time when we do not abide by the vices of our bodies but determine to submit to the Holy Spirit in our actions, the glory and fullness of the life of God will be manifested in our persons.
3. Saints are children of light; they bear the torch of testimony. Saints are the unblemished children of God. In this crooked and depraved generation, they are like bright lights that shine into dark places (Philippians 2:15) The life of God is manifested through the testimonies of our own lives, so that people are attracted to seek and know God. “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
The above 3 things are by no means the main reason saints triumph over Satan. We triumph over the devil because of the glorious name of Jesus Christ, just as when Gideon and the 300 warriors called out the name of God in their battle. I will share this point with you at a later date.
By: Daniel To