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Who was Ehud?



    
    

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Ehud served as the second judge of Israel following Othniel. After Othniel's death, the people of Israel sinned and fell to the king of Moab, serving him for 18 years (Judges 3:13-14). When the Isr...

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
Ehud was the Jews' second deliverer (Judges 3:12-30) 
Israel's sin is spoken of in Judges 3:12: The Israelites do what is evil in the Lord's sight. 
Israel's servitude is dealt with in Judges 3:13-14: 
The Israelites are subject to the rule of King Eglon of Moab for 18 years. In the days of Samson and Gideon, a fat foreign king, Eglon, oppressed the Jews for 18 years. A Benjamite Jew, Ehud, decided enough was enough. "Ehud made himself a sword with 2 edges, about 18 inches [46 cm] long" (Jg 3:16 NCV). After handing over the taxes, Ehud told Eglon he had a message from God. Eglon cleared the room, and Ehud thrust the dagger into the obese king's abdomen, "and the dirt came out." (Judges 3:20-22; Judges 3:22 especially). KJV 

(It was a dagger strapped to his right leg. The peculiar thing about the tribe of Benjamin to which Ehud belonged was that in it were 700 left-handed men. So skillful had they all become in the use of the left hand that they could sling stones at a hair’s breadth and never miss. HL

Judges 20:16 16Among all these soldiers there were seven hundred select troops who were left-handed, each of whom could sling a stone at a hair and not miss. NIV)

Said another commentator, "Eglon, king of Moab, oppressor of Israel, imposed an outrageous tax upon the people, and Ehud received a divine commission to destroy the oppressor. Meeting the king in his summerhouse and saying that he had a secret message for him, Ehud, the left-handed man, put his left hand to his right side, pulled out a dagger and Eglon died. Thus for the salvation of Israel, the left-handed weapon did its work. Wonderful is it not, that God can use all kinds for the fulfillment of His purpose?" HL

Ehud said, “I have a message from God for you.” As the king stood up from his chair, 21 Ehud reached with his left hand and took out the sword that was tied to his right hip. Then he stabbed the sword deep into the king’s belly! 22 Even the handle sank in, and the blade came out his back. The king’s fat covered the whole sword, so Ehud left the sword in Eglon. (NCV)

After handing over the taxes, Ehud told Eglon he had a message from God. Eglon cleared the room, and Ehud thrust the dagger into the obese king's abdomen, "and the dirt came out." (Judges 3:20-22; Judges 3:22 especially). KJV

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