This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Judges 7:1-8:35, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.
Once upon a time, there was a man named Gideon who lived in Israel. The Midianites, who were enemies of Israel, were causing a lot of problems. They were destroying the crops and taking the animals, making it hard for the Israelites to survive. So, God chose Gideon to lead the Israelites against the Midianites.
Gideon gathered 32,000 men to fight the Midianites. But God said there were too many men, and the Israelites might think they won the battle on their own. So, God told Gideon to tell the men who were afraid to go home. 22,000 men left, leaving only 10,000. But God said there were still too many, so He told Gideon to take the men down to the water to drink. The men who drank water like dogs were sent home, and only 300 men who got on their hands and knees to drink remained.
God said to Gideon, “With the 300 men, I will save you and give the Midianites into your hand.” Gideon divided the 300 men into three groups, each with a trumpet, a jar, and a torch. They surrounded the Midianite camp at night, and Gideon shouted, “For the Lord and for Gideon!” They blew their trumpets, broke their jars, and held up their torches. The Midianites were so frightened that they began fighting each other, and many of them ran away.
Gideon then chased the remaining Midianites and caught two of their kings, Zebah and Zalmunna. Gideon punished the men of Succoth and Penuel for not helping him and his men during the battle.
After this great victory, the people of Israel wanted to make Gideon their king, but he refused, saying that the Lord alone should rule over them. Gideon then made an ephod, which was a garment worn by the high priest, out of the gold earrings taken from the defeated Midianites. Unfortunately, this ephod became an object of idolatry for the people of Israel.
Gideon lived a long and peaceful life, with the land having rest for forty years after his victory over the Midianites. He had seventy sons, as well as a son named Abimelech from a concubine. Gideon died in a good old age and was buried in the tomb of his father Joash in Ophrah. However, after Gideon’s death, the people of Israel turned away from God and worshipped other gods again.
- God’s plan is perfect, even if we don’t understand it.
- We should trust in God and not just in ourselves.
- We should be brave and do what God asks us to do, even if it’s scary.
- God can use anyone to do great things.
- We should always give thanks to God for what He has done for us.