God told Gideon to make a reconnaissance into the Midianite camp. He went to an outpost where Gideon and his servant heard the men talking about a dream. The Midianite said that a loaf of barley bread tumbled through camp and wiped it out. The other man on patrol had the gift, in this case, of interpretation of dreams, for he correctly prophesied that the bread symbolized Gideon.
God, the enemy soldier said, had handed Gideon the victory.
It seems, at this point, that Gideon was finally ready to do what God told him to do. He readied for a night attack. Dividing his troops into three companies of one hundred men each, he equipped his men with a trumpet and an empty pitcher with a torch in it.
As the three companies attacked, they exclaimed, “A sword for Yahweh and for Gideon!” and went into the Midianite camp. The battle was one-sided, with God even setting the Midianites against each other.
Gideon set up a trap with the fighters from Ephraim intercepting the fleeing Midianites.
Next Week: The spoils of war