Jud. 7:16 “Dividing the three hundred men into three companies, he placed trumpets and empty jars in the hands of all of them, with torches inside.”
So Gideon divides his 300 men into three companies and gives them their weapons. But he gave them a strange weapon. Put yourself into the position of Gideon’s soldiers for a second. You know that you’re massively outnumbered. I guess you would be hoping for some new flashing sword with the latest technology? So you take your place in the line and Gideon hands out the weapons – an empty clay jar, a torch, and a trumpet! Oh thanks a lot Gideon! What are we trying to do? Burst their ear drums? Drive ’em crazy by playing off key with the trumpets? You will be probably puzzled by this weapon.
But this is the moment where you are definitely weak and the Lord will prove Himself strong! This strange weapon is actually the fulfillment of 2 Corinthians chapter 4! You are the fragile clay jar; the Lord Jesus is the light within that jar; and your testimony to His greatness is the trumpet call you are asked to sound! God’s light and power is seen in us as cracks appear in our jar. Just as Gideon and his army broke their jars to expose the light, so is the light of God being exposed in cracks of our weakness! Indeed, His strength is made perfect in our weakness! So if you are still thinking that your weapon is weak, think again!
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