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August 04, 2022 Daily Inspiration

Judges: Ehud

Judges: Ehud

Forgive the long reading today. This is one of the funniest stories in Scripture and I did not want to short-change it.

 

Judges 3:15-28

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.  And Ehud made for himself a sword with two edges… and he bound it on his right thigh under his clothes. And he presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab. Now Eglon was a very fat man. And when Ehud had finished presenting the tribute, he sent away the people who carried the tribute. 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. And Ehud came to him as he was sitting alone in his cool roof chamber… And Ehud reached with his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly. 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. Then Ehud went out into the porch and closed the doors of the roof chamber behind him and locked them.

 

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.” 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.

 

Ehud escaped while they delayed, and … when he arrived, he sounded the trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim…And he said to them, “Follow after me, for the Lord has given your enemies the Moabites into your hand.”

 

Thought for Today

One of the most improbable heroes in the Bible is Ehud. What makes him so unlikely is not his humble circumstances or shady past. While we overlook it completely today, what made him such a crazy choice was he was left-handed.

 

Until very recent times, being left-handed was considered a major flaw. In fact, the Latin word for left-handed is “sinister!”

 

However, because Ehud was secretly left-handed, the guards never bothered to check his right hip for a weapon. Who would carry a weapon there? He was able to assassinate the enemy king and leave him ostensibly on the commode while the servants waited uncomfortably outside, because of this simple fact.

 

Israel was given 80 years of peace under Ehud’s leadership, so he certainly had a great deal to offer as a faithful leader of Israel, but what God wants you to remember from His use of Ehud is you have no idea what qualification He is looking for among His faithful people. It could be leadership. It could be holiness. Or it could be you’re left-handed.

 

As you offer yourself to God today, offer your whole self. For Ehud, being left-handed had always been a shameful thing, a deficiency mocked by others. Yet, it was the very God-given quality that saved Israel. What are you ashamed of that God can use? Your past? Your scars? A physical malady? Don’t doubt that God can use it to His glory and the blessing of His people!

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father use me. All of me. You know the parts of me I try to hide from others. If they can bring You glory, use them! Bring them to light. Be glorified in all of me. Amen.  

 

Devotional Quote

All the decisive blows are struck left-handed. ― Walter Benjamin

 

Quote of the Day

The things that make me different are the things that make me ME. -Piglet

― A. A. Milne