July 30, 2015

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Today we are looking at our 2nd judge of Israel. We observed the change that took place between the time of Joshua and the time of the judges. God had given a command to drive out all the other nations from the promise land and Israel failed to do so. God left these other nations to test Israels faithfulness to him and his rule over them. Israel did not follow God’s command and they suffered the consequences by being enslaved to their enemies. Not only the bondage but God knew they would marry into these families and begin to compromise their worship to him. He warned them about this and they failed to listen.

14 You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you 15 (for the Lord your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the Lord your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.
Deuteronomy 6:14-15

13 know for certain that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations from before you. But they shall be snares and traps to you, and scourges on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land which the Lord your God has given you.
Joshua 23:13

We capture an insight with Ehud in Judges 3:12-30
Israel has started their cycle of disobedience and cries out in distress due to their enslavement to Moab. God graciously uses Ehud to deliver Israel from Moab’s King, Eglon.
We learn several things about Elon:
1. God strengthened him
2. King of Moab
3. Defeated Israel and took the city of Palms (Jericho)
4. Life of Luxury (described as Fat)

We learn several things about Ehud:
1. From the tribe of Benjamin
2. Left-handed man
3. Delivers tribute to Eglon
4. Skilled  with weaponry

Now as our story unfolds we see a most likely lame man, missing his right hand/arm, kill the king of Moab. Ehud approached the King just as he probably did several times before to pay him tribute. Now because he was lame and he had delivered this tribute before he knew just how to get past the guards. He made himself  a dagger and placed it on his right thigh, just where the guards wouldn’t think to look. Once he delivers the tribute and they leave he turns back independent of those he was with to give a message to the King. He claims the message is from God and that must have been enough to get his attention. King Eglon dismisses the guards and Ehud takes the opportunity to shove his dagger through his belly so far it is swallowed up by the kings fat. Now an important but gross detail is that the dung came out.

When Ehud left the king to die the scripture says he was in “cool private chamber.” You see when the guards returned they assumed he was using the restroom because of the smell! This gave Ehud time to escape and return to Israel and prepare for battle. This very unlikely man delivered Israel in an unlikely way and God blessed them to victory. Israel then had rest for 80 years.

Ehud used a weakness, that God had allowed, to save Israel from bandage. He obviously thought out his plan and God used him in a very mighty way. What kind of weakness do you have? What holds you back from serving God whole-heartedly? Can God use a “lame” mother? Can he use a “lame” son? Of course he can and he will! If you are a child of God he will use your weakness to show himself strong.

We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!
1 Corinthians 4:10

With Great Love & Truth,

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