Jezreel Valley: Place of Victory and Slaughter

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The Valley of Jezreel resembles Gettysburg or Valley Forge in a way. A flat valley with some hills that takes on significance only in light of the historical events that took place there. So when you imagine Gideon taking on a huge Midianite army with only three hundred men (Judges 7) you begin to appreciate the scale of the challenge. It must have been very scarey indeed. It brings to light the power of God and therefore, the power of faith that frees God to give us victory over big challenges. I guess God could have chosen to give Saul a similar victory two centuries later in the same location, but this time against the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:1-6). Was something wrong with Saul’s faith? Does the action of God depend on a man’s faith to do what he wants to do? Was He just finished with Saul and ready to move on with other people, like David? I’ll join with Paul: “How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathiomable His ways!” (Romans 11:33)

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2 Responses to Jezreel Valley: Place of Victory and Slaughter

  1. Greg says:

    Hey Lee! I just checked out your Israel (and grief) blogs. Thanks for your observations! I just wanted to say “howdy.” Greetings to you, your wife and the Hardins… I believe they are with you, no?

    Greg

  2. Lee says:

    Greg, Yes to all. We really enjoyed travelling with the Hardins. They’ve been frineds for a long time, but never travelling. We also enjoyed meeting dozens of other “sojourners” with like-minded interest in the lands fo the Bible and the home towns of Jesus. THanks for your visit. to my blog,

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