Don’t Mess With Lefty…
The following excerpt is from Judges 3:12-30. I copied it from www.biblegateway.com which is a great and useful site that I frequent. This passage is a bit long but very much worth the read. Check it out.
12 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and because they did this evil the Lord gave Eglon king of Moab power over Israel. 13 Getting the Ammonites and Amalekites to join him, Eglon came and attacked Israel, and they took possession of the City of Palms.[a] 14 The Israelites were subject to Eglon king of Moab for eighteen years. 15 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. The Israelites sent him with tribute to Eglon king of Moab. 16 Now Ehud had made a double-edged sword about a cubit[b] long, which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing. 17 He presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab, who was a very fat man. 18 After Ehud had presented the tribute, he sent on their way those who had carried it. 19 But on reaching the stone images near Gilgal he himself went back to Eglon and said, “Your Majesty, I have a secret message for you.” The king said to his attendants, “Leave us!” And they all left. 20 Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his palace[c] and said, “I have a message from God for you.” As the king rose from his seat, 21 Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king’s belly. 22 Even the handle sank in after the blade, and his bowels discharged. Ehud did not pull the sword out, and the fat closed in over it. 23 Then Ehud went out to the porch[d]; he shut the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them. 24 After he had gone, the servants came and found the doors of the upper room locked. They said, “He must be relieving himself in the inner room of the palace.” 25 They waited to the point of embarrassment, but when he did not open the doors of the room, they took a key and unlocked them. There they saw their lord fallen to the floor, dead. 26 While they waited, Ehud got away. He passed by the stone images and escaped to Seirah. 27 When he arrived there, he blew a trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went down with him from the hills, with him leading them.28 “Follow me,” he ordered, “for the Lord has given Moab, your enemy, into your hands.” So they followed him down and took possession of the fords of the Jordan that led to Moab; they allowed no one to cross over. 29 At that time they struck down about ten thousand Moabites, all vigorous and strong; not one escaped. 30 That day Moab was made subject to Israel, and the land had peace for eighty years.
This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. The King’s fat swallowed the knife. The servants assumed he was just taking his time with his suduko on the toilet, like he normally did. Guys, it’s ok to sit on your throne and read for long stretches, it’s Biblical. But seriously, let’s look at the heart of the story. God hears the cries of his people, a people who were evil and messed up and he sends someone to deliver them. Ehud wasn’t a warrior, he wasn’t anything special, he was just a left-handed guy. But Ehud did what needed to do. God uses his faithfulness to bring peace in the land. And, it’s an awesome story.
Sometimes God calls us to do hard things and tough things. When we obey in those moments, when we don’t argue, we don’t try to rationalize it, we don’t try to say “well that was for that time and it can’t possibly apply to us today…” if we just take the time to listen and respond when we hear from God, he is always faithful to take care of those who act.
Really simple #DropkickMonday today, What thing is God calling you to do that seems hard and messy? What thing do you know you need to stop trying to argue about and just follow through? Start TODAY! RIGHT NOW! GO AND DROPKICK MONDAY!
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