After Gideon raised an army to battle the Midianites the first thing God did was reduce the size of it so they wouldnít think that they had won a victory by their own power. The first step in this reduction was to send home all those who are afraid. This eliminated 22,000 of the soldiers and left only 10,000.
But God thought that 10,000 men was still too many. Joshua 7:5-7 shows how he reduced the army even further:
So he brought the people down to the water. And the Lord said