Oreb and Zeeb, Zebah and Zalmunna

11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 who said, “Let us take possession
of the pasturelands of God.” Psalm 83:11-12

All four nobles and princes mentioned in these verses were soundly defeated by Gideon in Judges 7 and 8.

Clearly God has never been a respecter of royalty. They are just mere men who have had authority over other men. The nobles and princes mentioned here had commands of thousands. They thought they were hot stuff. But God defeated them through a man who had 300 men at his disposal. How embarrassing must that have been!

We can certainly learn several lessons from this little story:

  • Don’t underestimate the power of God in the affairs of man.
  • Princes and rulers come and go.
  • God can use a man of faith to do great things.
  • Actually, God had honored that faith in each of those men because they knew what they were going up against.

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