Wednesday, February 27, 2008

First,Second,Third Judges - Judges 3 b

Judges 3:9 "And when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother."

The children of Israel are under the bondage of the king of Mesopotamia and have cried unto the LORD. Othniel is called upon to deliver them.

v10 "And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel and went out to war and the LORD delivered Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushan-rishathaim.

The land had rest for 40 years v11 after this victory. Israel again falters and does evil v12 and another judge is called to deliver them. These periods of not following the LORD are known as apostasy.

Eglon of Moab was allowed to grow in strength and joined with the children of Ammon and Amalek and possessed the city of palm trees.

v15 "But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ebud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded; and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab."

Ebud was left handed for a purpose. He made a dagger and hid it on his right thigh so he could get to it quickly with his left hand. Something unexpected then. Ebud took a present to Eglon but he told them it was a secret and so the room was cleared of all others. Ebud sunk in the dagger driving the handle in and leaving it so it could not be pulled out. He then left by a back door so Eglon was left alone until he died. So Israel was delivered from him. Now they rested 80 years.

Ebud also led Israel to victory over Moab and subdued it. v30.

v31 "And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad; and he also delivered Israel."

Psalms 86:9 "All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name."

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