(Read Judges Chapter 7)
Verse 25 reads:
And they took two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan.
Who is Zeeb?
It’s not a name you hear very often. And as you already can see from verse 25, he is not the victor in this lesson.
For this discussion, we’re not talking about the master butcher Oskar Litz (who established his meats in 1926) later to be owned by David Zeeb in 1930 establishing one of today’s well known meats and deli shops in Reutlingen, Germany.
Nor are we talking about the Danish Greenland team player Kaassa Zeeb (fB) from Svendborg, Denmark, who played in the ELF Cup (Equality, Liberty, Fraternity) international football tournament organized by the Cyprus Turkish Football Federation (KTFF),
But for this discussion, we’re referring to Prince Zeeb of the Midianites.
The name Zeeb (Z’ev in Hebrew) means male wolf.
When you see this princes’ name you customarily see it alongside Prince Oreb (Orev in Hebrew) which means raven.
God separated his people to lessen the number of men to fight against the Midianites (so that the Israelites wouldn’t think they won against their enemies by their own might and strength). Then Prince Oreb and Prince Zeeb’s men were defeated by mistakenly killing each other with their own swords.
What’s the moral of this lesson?
Obedience to God is essential to overcoming our enemy. And most assuredly, we should never underestimate God's power in behalf of his chosen people. Even though the Midianites outnumbered God’s people, and even though the Midianites had previously defeated the Israelites; no longer could they overtake the Israelites because GOD was their help and guide.
It is true what Romans 8:31 says:
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
It doesn’t matter how big the enemy may seem our God is BIGGER!