Summary: Ehud comes from the tribe of ‘Benjamin.’ He’s left handed Benjamin means, “Son of my right hand.” So God chooses “son of my right hand” who is left handed to bring deliverance!
Dakota Community Church
March 11, 2012
Judges – Week Three
In the Book of Judges you will recall there is a repeated cycle throughout the entire book – a cycle of sin, bondage, repentance, and devotion, followed by sin and bondage again.
Israel would follow the Lord when there was a leader who reminded them of the ways in which they should walk, but with his death they again wandered off into idolatry.
Last Week we saw:
Now we will look at the left-handed Judge:
Once again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and because they did this evil the LORD gave Eglon king of Moab power over Israel. 13 Getting the Ammonites and Amalekites to join him, Eglon came and attacked Israel, and they took possession of the City of Palms.[Jericho] 14 The Israelites were subject to Eglon king of Moab for eighteen years.
15 Again the Israelites cried out to the LORD, and he gave them a deliverer—Ehud, a left-handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites sent him with tribute to Eglon king of Moab. 16 Now Ehud had made a double-edged sword about a foot and a half long, which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing. 17 He presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab, who was a very fat man. 18 After Ehud had presented the tribute, he sent on their way the men who had carried it. 19 At the idols near Gilgal he himself turned back and said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.”
The king said, “Quiet!” And all his attendants left him.
20 Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his summer palace and said, “I have a message from God for you.” As the king rose from his seat, 21 Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king’s belly. 22 Even the handle sank in after the blade, which came out his back. Ehud did not pull the sword out, and the fat closed in over it. 23 Then Ehud went out to the porch; he shut the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them.
24 After he had gone, the servants came and found the doors of the upper room locked. They said, “He must be relieving himself in the inner room of the house.” 25 They waited to the point of embarrassment, but when he did not open the doors of the room, they took a key and unlocked them. There they saw their lord fallen to the floor, dead.
26 While they waited, Ehud got away. He passed by the idols and escaped to Seirah. 27 When he arrived there, he blew a trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went down with him from the hills, with him leading them.
28 “Follow me,” he ordered, “for the LORD has given Moab, your enemy, into your hands.” So they followed him down and, taking possession of the fords of the Jordan that led to Moab, they allowed no one to cross over. 29 At that time they struck down about ten thousand Moabites, all vigorous and strong; not a man escaped. 30 That day Moab was made subject to Israel, and the land had peace for eighty years.
Judges is a very graphic book and any people don’t really like it for that reason. It seems to go into unnecessary detail at times - and this is one of those times.
As I have already said the book covers an extremely chaotic period in Israel’s history yet we see the Kingdom of God moving forward in spite of everything!
Israel has fallen into sin again. And so God judges them by allowing Eglon, king of Moab, to have power over them.
For eighteen years they bring “tribute” to King Eglon.
For eighteen years they bring produce and agricultural goods, they bring their harvests, their fruit, and their meat to Eglon, king of Moab.
The Israelites are headed away from God again and things are headed in the wrong direction for them again as they go.
Jericho is given back to the Canaanites - Jericho!
Israel’s conqueror is Eglon and he is big!
(How big is he? - He’s so big that when he sits around the house he sits around the house! bud-ump-bump) Seriously though, Eglon is big! He’s overweight! He’s a big fat king! Picture him on his throne. There he sits with all of his blubber. He’s got perfect control over the land, and every year the Israelites bring him their produce - and Eglon gets fatter - while they suffer hunger!
He’s gorging himself on the produce of the promised land. He’s rolling in it, indulging himself in it.