The Right Left-handed Man

Judges 3:1-30 (Part of the Strange Things series)
Change, Ministry, Sharing Faith, Strange Things

God has called Christians to change the world by fulfilling His purposes wherever they find themselves.

by Alan Myers Jr. on October 8, 2017 (Sunday Morning)



Judges 3:1-30

3:1 Now these are the nations that the Lord left, to test Israel by them, that is, all in Israel who had not experienced all the wars in Canaan. It was only in order that the generations of the people of Israel might know war, to teach war to those who had not known it before. These are the nations: the five lords of the Philistines and all the Canaanites and the Sidonians and the Hivites who lived on Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal-hermon as far as Lebo-hamath. They were for the testing of Israel, to know whether Israel would obey the commandments of the Lord, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses. So the people of Israel lived among the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And their daughters they took to themselves for wives, and their own daughters they gave to their sons, and they served their gods.

And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. They forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth. Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia. And the people of Israel served Cushan-rishathaim eight years. But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel, who saved them, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother. 10 The Spirit of the Lord was upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the Lord gave Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand. And his hand prevailed over Cushan-rishathaim. 11 So the land had rest forty years. Then Othniel the son of Kenaz died.

12 And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done what was evil in the sight of the Lord. 13 He gathered to himself the Ammonites and the Amalekites, and went and defeated Israel. And they took possession of the city of palms. 14 And the people of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.

15 Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, and the Lord raised up for them a deliverer, Ehud, the son of Gera, the Benjaminite, a left-handed man. The people of Israel sent tribute by him to Eglon the king of Moab. 16 And Ehud made for himself a sword with two edges, a cubit in length, and he bound it on his right thigh under his clothes. 17 And he presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab. Now Eglon was a very fat man. 18 And when Ehud had finished presenting the tribute, he sent away the people who carried the tribute. 19 But he himself turned back at the idols near Gilgal and said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” And he commanded, “Silence.” And all his attendants went out from his presence. 20 And Ehud came to him as he was sitting alone in his cool roof chamber. And Ehud said, “I have a message from God for you.” And he arose from his seat. 21 And Ehud reached with his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly. 22 And the hilt also went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade, for he did not pull the sword out of his belly; and the dung came out. 23 Then Ehud went out into the porch and closed the doors of the roof chamber behind him and locked them.

24 When he had gone, the servants came, and when they saw that the doors of the roof chamber were locked, they thought, “Surely he is relieving himself in the closet of the cool chamber.” 25 And they waited till they were embarrassed. But when he still did not open the doors of the roof chamber, they took the key and opened them, and there lay their lord dead on the floor.

26 Ehud escaped while they delayed, and he passed beyond the idols and escaped to Seirah. 27 When he arrived, he sounded the trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim. Then the people of Israel went down with him from the hill country, and he was their leader. 28 And he said to them, “Follow after me, for the Lord has given your enemies the Moabites into your hand.” So they went down after him and seized the fords of the Jordan against the Moabites and did not allow anyone to pass over. 29 And they killed at that time about 10,000 of the Moabites, all strong, able-bodied men; not a man escaped. 30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest for eighty years. (ESV)

Tags Cloud


Faith Jesus Joy Community Salvation Church growth James The Sermon on the Mount Extraordinary Gospel Mission Purpose Worship Meaning Pleasure Ecclesiastes Luke Grace Work Life Sin Trials Marriage Christmas Prayer Leadership Hope Love Truth Parenting Discipleship Resurrection Elders Peace Uncommon Joy Ministry Grandparenting Relationships Singleness temptation Dating Pastor Control Pastoral Epistles Commitment Friends Family Getting Real About Relationships Evangelism Perseverance Trust A Beautiful Mind works Joy in Christ Culture Jude Abraham Advent Forgiveness Faithfulness Redemption Easter Change Paul Doctrine Mary the Gospel Rediscovering Christmas Theology Foundations God Covenant Promise Gifts Share Gospel Botched Strange Things Fear Chasing Community Christ Weariness Leaders Elements Worry Weakness Unity Titus Doubt Beliefs Sex Timothy Giving Teaching Death Righteousness Wealth Anger Identity Obedience Humility Answered Prayer Light Minor prophets Sovereignty Money wisdom Communion Repentance Mercy Maturity Direction Anxiety Care Depression Surviving Christmas Plans Satisfaction sexual immorality Promises Witnessing Church Discipline Celebration Sunday Moses Law Strength Joshua Suffering Men in Ministry Shepherding Overseer God\'s Word deeds Accountability Women in Ministry Gender Roles Sacrifice Philippians Intimacy Wrath Preaching Divorce Oaths victory triumph Palm Conversation Partnership fruitful waiting patience endure Lust Love of Enemies sanctification Refugees Retaliation Relationship with God Creative priorities Critical Spirit Judging Concern God\'s Providence Fasting Storytelling Friend Parables Prophetic Needy Relationship Direct expectations words Snakes Vain Religion Seeking Prophet Justice Vision Sunday Sharing Faith Love God Return Revenge God\'s Will Stress Burden God\'s Plan Warrior Mighty Nahum Authority restoration Revolution Needs Shepherd speech tongue desire conflict poor rich longing Spirituality protection Dependance Holy Spirit poverty power envy Rest Sharing Your Faith Succeeding Redeemer New Covenant Graduation Sunday Deacons Membership Bible Study Discipline Finances Roles Courage Uncertainty Corruption Pleasing God Noah Sarah Failures Abel Offering Counsel Father\'s Day Healthy Church Glorifying God Widows Orphans The Great Commission Preachers Confrontation Psalms Worshipping Teachers Wives Fathers Husbands Mentoring Mothers Joseph Presents Heaven Kingdom of God Application Religion Resolution New Year Wise Men Magi Lukewarm Spiritual Growth Brokenness Dysfunction The Cross Good Samaritan Unsatisfied Pointless Fulfillment Growing Passover Sins Provides Lord\'s Supper Last Supper Friendships Submitting Knowledge Submission judgement Tragedy Salt Pride Mother\'s Day Overcoming Burdens Materialism Possessions Sinner Nativity Disobedience Outreach Bitterness Thinking Elijah Jonah Excuses Dependence Jacob celebrating God worship service Suicide Conflicts Saying No Sharing Burdens Purposes Reputation Limitations Burnout Focus Surrender Remember Reliance Scripture

Service Schedule

Sunday Morning
9:15  Morning Groups (Infants to Adults)
10:15  Community Cafe
10:30  Morning Worship
Wednesday Evening
6:30 - 8  AWANA Clubs for Kids (Sept-May)
6:30 - 8  Community Youth
6:30  Prayer Team

Contact Information

Community Christian Fellowship
360 York Road
Carlisle, PA 17013
717.249.7835
office@communitycarlisle.org
DOWNLOAD ANDROID APP
Google Play Store or Amazon App Store

© 2018 Community Christian Fellowship

Search
Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Filter by Custom Post Type
X
X