Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bible Marginalia- The Victory is the Lord's

Bible Marginalia Series- #49

Visited Harod Springs
 near the hill of Moreh this month in Israel.
Sat by the spring and read the story
 of Gideon and the fleece.
Gideon and the Lord in a battle strategy plan.
The Lord tells Gideon-
 "the people with you are too many."
I can't let you go into battle with so many,
 because some might say it is YOU 
who have won the battle.
Gideon had 32,000 men.
Tell those who are afraid to go home.
22,000 went home.
10,000 remained.
Still too many says the Lord.

Take them down to the Springs
 for a drink, says the Lord.
Some drank with their hands
 and some lapped like dogs.
300 men lapped like dogs.
The Lord said to take these men into battle.
And at the set of middle watch,
 they blew trumpets and broke open jars that hid torches.
Chaos commenced.
And Gideon and 300 men defeated the Midianites.

Sometimes in ministry
 it is easy to feel outnumbered,
 with the forces declining,
 and the people numbers
 seem like they can't carry the work load.
Those are the odds that our Lord loves.
When people can't take credit for "a win."
When it is so lopsided that the victory
 can't be claimed by the humans,
 it is a battle for the Lord.

Maybe a Harod's Spring pep talk
 could be the incentive
 to say yes to 
an unbelieveable ministry undertaking.
outrageous odds?
 meet an Outrageous GOD.

 Colored pencil
Fine-point Sharpie marker- non-bleeding
Washi tape


  1. I enjoy reading about your spiritual journey! Thanks for sharing. I love reading your posts and seeing your Bible journaling. You inspire me!

    1. Thank you Elizabeth- for your encouragement and it is wonderful to know that someone stops by here! Blessings


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