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Summary: It was a time when the people of Israel were filled with fear

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Pastor Allan Kircher

Shell Point Baptist Church

1 Sept. 2013

Judges 3:31

SHAMGAR: THE OBSCURE SAVIOR

Intro: Bible/filled/tales/obscure people who appear/pages/Bible and then promptly disappear.

• These people step out/shadows

• used mightily/Lord then they fade away

• Most of them never being mentioned again.

Among those that come to mind are:

David’s mighty men: 2 Sam. 23:8-12

Josheb – He killed 800 men/one time/spear.

Eleazar/stood boldly/day of battle

• Fought so long/killed/many Philistines

• Hand would not open/allow him/release his sword.

Shammah/stood alone/field/peas

• Fought/Philistines/God gave him a great victory.

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The Widow of Zarephath – 1 Kings 17 – She fed the prophet Elijah and sheltered him during a famine.

The Israelite Maid who told Naaman about the Man of God – 2 Kings 5:1-4

• Told her master about/God of Israel

• This led/his cleansing/leprosy/his spiritual conversion.

Little boy/gave/lunch/Jesus

• He gave/little he possessed

• God used/tiny portion/food/feed/vast multitude/people.

Woman who anointed/Lord/washed His feet/her hair

• She performed/labor/sacrificial love/Lord Jesus.

Joseph of Arimathea

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Seems/God chooses/use those who are unknown and obscure to accomplish His work in this world.

• The passage before us is no exception.

• Introduced to a man/Shamgar.

• He/unknown man/appears/pages/Word/God

• used by God/great way

• Then vanished back into/shadows/he came.

• Not much is known about Shamgar.

• He is only mentioned twice in the Bible. 3:31 and 5:6

• What is said about him reveals a man/character/courage.

• The little information we are given reveals a man whom God used in a great way.

I want to study Shamgar today.

• Three observations about this man.

• I want you to see Shamgar The Worker/Warrior/Winner.

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I. SHAMGAR THE WORKER

• “Shamgar” means either “sword” or “cupbearer”.

• Either name would fit/details we have concerning this man.

• He was like a “sword” hand of God

• God used him/destroy/enemies/Israel.

• He/like “cupbearer” who brought cup/God’s wrath to those God would judge.

One thing we know for sure about Shamgar he was farmer.

• He carried and fought with an “oxgoad”

• Ox goad was not a weapon/agricultural tool.

• Pole some 8/10 feet/2 in/diameter.

• One end long iron point/used/encourage/oxen to move

• Other end shaped spade

• used to clean wet clay, roots/impediments off plow points.

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Another thing we know/Shamgar has to do/time which he lived.

• It was a very difficult time for the people of Israel.

• Judges chapters 4-5

• Oppressed by Jabin, the King of Canaan.

• Possessed 900 iron chariots

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