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Summary: These three nations are a picture of our old, fleshly natures. • Moab represents the power of the flesh. • Ammon represents the passion of the flesh. • Amalek represents the persistence of the flesh.

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Pastor Allan Kircher

18 Aug 2013

Shell Point Baptist Church

Judges 3:12-30

HOW LEFTY KILLED HEFTY

Intro:

• 400 years covered/book/Judges

• Nation/Israel followed/predictable pattern.

• Serve God faithfully while/strong leadership of their judges.

• Judge died/they had no leader/they would desert God

• began to live in disobedience to His Law

• Giving themselves/worship/pagan gods/Canaanites.

Exactly the pattern we see/work in the verses before us today.

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Israel sinned against God and/Lord caused Eglon, the king of Moab, to become strong.

• Eglon invaded Israel/help/Ammonites/Amalekites

• Together they oppressed Israel for 18 years.

• When they repented

• God raised/man/Ehud/their deliverer.

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Ehud assassinated Eglon and led Israel to victory and freedom.

• This story has much to teach us, if we will allow it to.

• Like Israel, we often follow the same pattern of disobedience, chastisement and restoration.

• Our problem is not Moabites/Ammonites/Amalekites.

• Our problem is the flesh.

Text unfolds, see Israel’s enemies clear type our own enemy.

• Eglon is the perfect picture of the flesh.

• He is out of control/self-indulgent/fat/lazy/evil.

• He is full of pride/He is also assassinated by Ehud.

In Israel’s defeat of Eglon, I see a picture/battle we are supposed to be fighting every day.

• Every one of us has problems with our flesh.

Sometimes:

• we win/we lose our battles/flesh

• We don’t fight against/desires/flesh at all.

Literally/fight for our very spiritual lives every day.

• Fight we must win, every time we enter the arena.

I want to preach/Ehud/Israel/their battle with Eglon.

They won their battle those who oppressed them/you can too.

I want to preach on How Lefty Killed Hefty.

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I. v. 12-14 ISRAEL’S DILEMMA

Verses describe/horrible oppression Israel suffered because of her rebellion against/Lord.

Their problems stand/warning/all those who walk away from God

A. v. 12-13a Their Foes

Israel faced three nations because of their rebellion against God.

• They faced/Moabites/Ammonites/Amalekites.

• All three/continual problems for Israel

• All three were connected to Israel by blood.

• Amalekites were descended/Esau, Jacob’s twin brother.

• Moabites/Ammonite/descendants of Lot/Abraham’s nephew.

Lot/daughters were delivered/Sodom/Gomorrah

Lot’s daughter got him drunk, had sexual intercourse with their father/conceived Moab and Ammon/descended these two nations.

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All three of these nations worshipped false gods.

• Moabites god--Chemosh Ammonites--Moloch.

Both/gods worshipped vile/sexual practices/child sacrifice.

• Amalekites nomadic, warlike people variety of pagan gods.

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All three were a continual thorn in the side of Israel.


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