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The Well of Harod

The Well of Harod, or Spring of Harod, is mentioned in Bible History as the place a short distance southeast of Jezreel (see Bible Places) where Gideon's army camped before their victory over a large force of Midianites. It was actually The Lord's victory for them; He brought about Israel's triumph with just a token force of 300 to counter their growing Godless over-confidence in themselves.

The Well of Harod

Jezreel The Midianites were cousins of the Israelites; they were descended from Abraham and Keturah, the wife of Abraham after Sarah, the mother of Isaac (see also Isaac's Faith And Obedience), who was the father of Jacob/Israel, died. The Midianites, like nearly all of the descendants of Abraham who became the Arab people, despite the vast territory that God gave them (see Arabs), did not accept the Israelites as the God-commanded lawful owners of the land of Israel, and so wars have been fought since ancient times over it (the fact that the Israelites always won, whether in the time of Gideon, or in the wars fought between Israel and the Arab people since 1948, should have made the point, but it seems that each generation must learn its lessons, the hard way, for itself).

Gideon and the large Israelite force with him were looking to a major battle, but to again remind them where their strength came from, The Lord gave them victory using only a token force of 300 men.

"Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley. And The Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand."

"And The Lord said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go."

"So he brought down the people unto the water: and The Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink. And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water."

"And The Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place. So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley."

"And it came to pass the same night, that The Lord said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand." (Judges 7:1-9 KJV)

Fact Finder: How did The Lord make Gideon's victory happen?
Judges 7:17-25


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