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RADICAL (Ehud: You’re Gifted)

“Again the Israelites cried out to the LORD, and he gave them a deliverer—Ehud, a left-handed man…” Judges 3:15a ESV

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Today I am closing a series of posts on Ehud.  Let’s review what Ehud was all about.

Ehud…

  • Second judge of Israel
  • Man of action, a brave leader
  • A deliverer that foreshadowed The Deliverer, Jesus Christ
  • A obstacle remover
  • A obedient, godly, generation changer
  • A left handed leader

Let’s finish up this series taking a look at Ehud’s left-handedness.  In our culture today, we tend to make jokes about left-handed people. However, being left handed in Ehud’s day was considered an exceptional ability. Many Benjaminites were left handed (take a look at Judges 20:16), this made them very special troops, that were able to use a sling or bow in a way that would repel right-handed warriors.

I love that God chose to share with us, through the writer of Judges, that Ehud was left-handed.  God shows us that Ehud had God given ability and that He is eager to use us just the way he made us.  God gave Ehud a gift, a unique ability, that he knew would be vital in order for him to accomplish his purposes through Ehud!

Just like Ehud, God has gifted you with special, God given ability!  You’re gifted!

Ehud was left-handed.  But, you may be an excellent photographer.  You may be a gifted public speaker.  An insightful writer.  A phenomenal instrumentalist.  You might have the unique ability to lead others. You might be a tender and wise counselor.  You might have the ability to do graphic design.  Maybe you are a godly stay at home mom.  You might have the gift of encouraging everyone around you.  You might have an incredible ability to work with numbers and do math.

I’m not sure what you’re God given gift is.  You have to discover and discern what that may be. But my point is, You are Gifted!

God has wired you with ability, a gift, and a talent, to use for his purposes and for his glory.  Everyone is gifted.  There is not a single person on the face of the earth that God has not given a special, unique ability too.  The difference is some people channel their gifts in the wrong directions.  While others use their gifts for the kingdom of God.

Ehud used his gifts to serve God’s purposes in his generation.  He could have chose to use them for his own benefit.  Instead he chose to channel them in a direction that changed a generation.

God has gifted you! You have unique ability!  You have talent! You’re gifted! 

Discover it.  Practice it.  Use it for His Glory and His Honor.

“Do not neglect your gift…” 1 Tim 4:16 NIV

P.J.

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RADICAL (Ehud: Obedience)

“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….At the idols near Gilgal he himself turned back and said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” 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,  Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king’s belly. 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.”  Judges 3:15 & 19-22

Obedience.  It’s a theme woven through the pages of the Old and New Testament.  In fact, I would say that every story and every book in the bible has an element of obedience or disobedience.

Every principal and practice of the Christian faith comes back to obedience.  Jesus said if we love him, we will obey what he commands of us (John 14:15).  James said that when we know what to do, but don’t do it, then we sin (James 4:17).  In other words James is saying that disobedience isn’t just a matter of doing the wrong things in our lives, but, not doing the things we ought to do, is also sin.

Obedience isn’t just about avoiding all the “wrong” things in the world.  Obedience is about God’s love flowing in you and through you, compelling you to live a life of obedience.  You can sit still, throw your life in neutral, avoid the world, and still live in sin.

Your obedience to God is an example to those around you.   Whether you realize it or not, you life is painting a picture of obedience or lack there of to the world around you.

Ehud was and is an example of radical obedience.  If the Israelites were going to experience peace for 80 years, be delivered from King Eglon, and the Moabites, Ehud would have to obediently deliver a generation changing message.  Ehud’s obedience changed an entire generation (Judges 3:30)!  This is very interesting to me.  Ehud could have sat still and watched his people live under oppression.  Instead, he musters up courage and drive, to obediently follow through with what God had called him to do.

What kind of example will your obedience leave behind?   Your life of obedience may carry much weight when you tell others you’re a Christian or your lack of obedience may water down your faith, and make God appear to be really small.   

Don’t just watch your life slip by and just get into heaven by the skin of your teeth.  If you are a Christian, you have been forgiven, set free, and loved, to life your life obediently for the Glory of God!

Ehud’s obedience changed a generation.  Will yours?


P.J.


RADICAL (Ehud: Removing The Obstacles)

“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….At the idols near Gilgal he himself turned back and said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” 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,  Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king’s bellyEven 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.”  Judges 3:15 & 19-22

When was the last time God showed you something wrong in your life and you took radical action to remove it?

In other words what are the obstacles in your life that need to be removed in order for you to get where God wants you to be? Continue reading


RADICAL (Ehud: A Deliverer)

“Again the Israelites cried out to the LORD, and he gave them a delivererEhud, a left-handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites sent him with tribute to Eglon king of Moab.  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.  He presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab,…. After Ehud had presented the tribute, he sent on their way the men who had carried it. At the idols near Gilgal he himself turned back and said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” 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,  Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king’s belly. 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.”  Judges 3:15-22

Ehud: A fearless leader, man of vision, and a RADICAL DELIVERER.

It’s easy to read about the Israelite’s journey through out the Old Testament and think to our selves Continue reading


RADICAL (Ehud: At First Glance)

“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.” Judges 3:15

My current bible reading (www.dailyaudiobible.com) has me going through the book of Judges and the other day I read about this man (a deliverer and judge) named Ehud.  His story caught my attention.  I think for many reasons.  He was left handed, as am I.  He was brave, a man of direction, and an out front kind of leader.  Plus, his story is one of radical action.  He goes straight to Eglon king of Moab, tells Eglon he has a message from the Lord, the king leans in, and Ehud draws his sword (with his left hand!), and violently plunges the sword deep into the king’s belly to deliver his people from Eglon’s possession.  WOW!! My kind of guy!  Boldness!

At first glance, Ehud’s career as a messenger, leader, and judge for Israel may not appear to have any connection to us.  After all he did live in a world that was much different than our present day world.  What do we have to learn from a guy that took radical and violent action to free his people?  A lot!  Through out my next few posts, we will learn more about Ehud, how he is relevant to us, and I will elaborate on the points below.

1. We are exactly like the Israelites.  The Israelites would return to God for a season or seasons and obediently follow him.  Only to return to the world and not rely on God.  When times would get tough, they would cry out to God.  God would deliver them through delivers, like Ehud.  Who is our deliverer?

2. We have things in our lives that need to be radically removed.  King Eglon had to be removed for Israel to have peace.  Ehud took radical action to remove him (Judges 3:20-22).

3. Our obedience or lack of is an example to those around us. 

4. God can use us just the way we are.  There is a reason why God spoke through the writer of Judges to inform us that Ehud was left handed.  We all have unique abilities.  God can use us all right now, just the way we are.

Stay tuned! Next week we will continue to look at this Radical story and our need for a Radical deliverer.

P.J.


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