And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ 7:2
Empowered by God’s Spirit, Gideon assembles an army to battle the Midianites. God step by step reduces his outnumbered army from 32,000 to 300. In this Gideon continues to trust God. His faith is strengthened when he overhears a dream told in the Midianite camp.
And when Gideon had come, there was a man telling a dream to his companion. He said, “I have had a dream: To my surprise, a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian; it came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent collapsed.” 7:13
That night, Gideon divides his force of 300. They approach the Midianite encampment. At its edges, all blow trumpets and smash clay pots that contain burning torches. The Midianite awaken to terror, strike out against each other, and flee.