The very same night after Gideon selected his army, God told him it was the night to attack. Gideon and his servant, Purah, snuck down to the edge of camp and overheard one man tell another his dream. In the dream, a loaf of barley bread rolled down the hill and knocked down an entire tent! The second man said that it was a vision of Gideon’s army defeating the Midianites. Hearing this gave Gideon extra courage so he returned and prepared his men.
Now when I think of preparing an army I think of getting weapons together, etc. But Gideon’s army equipped themselves with just 2 unusual things. First, they each grabbed a trumpet. Now trumpets were common on battlefields in those days. One man out of every hundred or more would have one. And the different blasts of the trumpet told the other soldiers what to do. Kind of like modern soldiers use radios today. But everyone didn’t usually carry one. The second thing they grabbed was a torch under a jar. Now it was night so taking a torch does make sense and keeping it concealed so they don’t see you coming makes sense too; but I would have wanted a sword to go with it, not a trumpet!
Gideon then broke the men into 3 groups of 100 and told them to surround the camp. Once they were in position Gideon signaled his group and they broke their jars and blew their trumpets. The other 2 groups did the same. The Midianite camp woke in a panic!! Now remember, normally only a fraction of the army had trumpets. So they had to think a huge army surrounded them! God created chaos in the camp and the Midianites turned on each other and eventually took off running. The Israelites had caused the Midianites to retreat without a single weapon! God is amazing!!
Have your kids role play being Gideon’s army. Pretend to have a trumpet and torch and sneak up on the army. Then “break” your jar and blow your trumpet. Talk about how it would have felt to be one of the soldiers watching the chaos in the camp, Remind them how amazing our God is and how great His plan is!