Ehud was a confessor, he was a man with an inward conviction, and we have not the slightest doubt that when the Lord raised this man up, he did not just say 'I am going to give you immense power to deal with this enemy', but instead God worked in Ehud's heart and conscience and produced in him a conviction that he was going to lead the people of God, and that it was a just and righteous cause, so that he was not only leading the people because of the position that God gave to him, but he was doing it because he believed in it. This is a wonderful position to be in. Oh, how we would desire to be like Ehud in this respect, to be able to encourage the people of God to walk in this pathway of overcoming. There are two things to be said about the name Benjamin. This is what Ehud did, he blew the trumpet, he assembled the people, he asked them to follow him, which they did, and a great victory was secured. Is this how we view our coming together in the way we do? After he escapes, Ehud leads the Israelites in battle and defeats the Moabites granting rest to the land for 80 years. (1) De grenzen van de Aartsvade…, In de 5e eeuw veroverden barbaren het romeinse rijk. After Ehud stabbed the king, the end of Judges 3:22 reads in Hebrew vayyetze hap-parshedonah, a phrase of uncertain meaning. They were professors only, like those who the gospel describes as saying, "Lord , lord," and yet the Lord has to say, "I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matt.7:22-23). ( Log Out / Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. And he arose out of his seat. When have you burned with rage? 4). Martin Luther, John Wesley, William Tyndale, John Wycliffe and many others all used the Word of God effectively to deal with the problems of their day. The Early History of the Israelites in 12 Books. Test. . The Arab had a long pole in his hand, eight or nine feet long, and on the end was a sharp piece of metal. Let us remember the demeanour, the power and the ability of the Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of His enemies in using the word of God. And they tarried till they were ashamed: and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened them: and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth. How was the Lord involved? There were three evil features connected with the Moabites. 2. They have claimed to be sons of Abraham down through the ages and right up to the present moment, but we shall see that there is a very great divergence between those who are fully of Abraham, children of faith, and those who are of Moab, the enemies of God's interests. 134. In Isaiah 16 we find God describing the characteristics of Moab that merited judgment, He said Moab was arrogant, proud and wrathful (v.6). This is a very wonderful thing to be able to do and it was a great source of power to him. kierra_lytle1. Is it casual, is it the result of our leaders adopting this position and we just falling into their way of gathering together? If there were things that were wrong, he spoke out clearly and distinctly, he named the things so that people could take account of them and adjust themselves in the light of God. "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." There is no love to be shown to Moab, not the slightest. Conjunctive waw | Preposition | third person masculine singular, Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular, Pronoun - third person masculine singular, Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular, To be open, wide, free, to be safe, to free, succor, Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, OT History: Judges 3:31 After him was Shamgar the son (Jd Judg. These things must be kept in mind to understand the application of these passages to ourselves. What, if anything, might be the significance of Ehud’s being left-handed (verses 15 and 21)? What a wonderful thing this is when we come to the New Testament. But the blessings in Israel's day were consequent upon their believing God and being obedient to His law, and of course when they failed in that they forfeited their blessings. They forgot God, and they lightly esteemed the Rock of their salvation. And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them. (Jud.3:15-16). Could they ever forget the miracle of the Red Sea? (1 Cor.11:1) Certainly he had, because he went on to say ".....even as I also am [a follower] of Christ". 134), and that in this very neighbourhood ("near Carmel," Nonnus, Dionys. How was this going to be met? 4. He does not mention his deed of prowess. Hij is zeer sterk en doodt 600 Filistijnen. Shamgar means "name of a stranger" (comp. They, too, were true to their parentage. It is wise for us that when we hear the word of God pricking our conscience we obey it, we do not kick but accept what God has to say to us, and we openly accept it whether we be unconverted or converted, and get the blessing that it brings. This is the natural position, but it has a spiritual import. And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man. Moab could easily have said, 'We are relatives of yours, we have the same ties, we are in the same position in a certain sense, we ought to be together and help each other'. De onthutste burgers zochten steun bij het christelijk geloof en va…, De Kohaniem (Priesters) in het Jodendom hebben een speciale positie. It was true in those days, and how much more in our day, when, in a spiritual sense, we need to wield the word of God as a sword, we need to use it to reach people's consciences, and if we do this effectively, we will acquire power and we will do something worthwhile for God in testimony for His pleasure and glory. David was another man who had a moral right to lead the people of God because of His success with Goliath. Shamgar - After Ehud came Shamgar son of Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad. In Judges chapter 3 the king of the Moabites represents all these evil features, and it would seem that in our application of them to ourselves it would mean that if we, as Christians, become disobedient to God's word there is a danger that we will be overcome by these features that are set forth in the king of Moab; we will become arrogant, proud, wrathful, evil, independent of God and morally we will lose our place amongst the people of God for any effective testimony. Grershom, "a stranger there"). The ox goad is a pole with a sharp point on the end of it, used to make the oxen move when they balk. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The application of the Word of God to ourselves is an extremely important matter; Paul used it to great effect in His arguments; Apollos used it, being mighty in the Scriptures (Acts 18:24), and he reasoned that Jesus was the Christ; the Lord Himself did it dealing with Satan (Matt.4:4, 7, 10); all said, "It is written.....". That would have been extremely sore and would have reminded them that they were not doing what the ploughman wanted them to do, and it would get them to return to the straight way. Ehud was out of the ordinary as being left handed; in a sense he was abnormal. This matter of confession can be examined in 1 Timothy 6, where Paul exhorts Timothy to confess a good confession, but which was first of all demonstrated perfectly in the Lord Jesus Himself "who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession" (v.13). If it is, sooner or later we will give it up, but if we are inwardly convicted and persuaded that what we do, however weak and feeble that it might be, is right according to the word of God, then we are going to hold onto it at all costs, and we are not going to allow anyone to steal it from us, or persuade us to give it up; we are convicted inwardly that it is right. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.” (Judges 2: 18-19). He was truly 'a little Benjamite', he was one who exhibited the features that are so pleasing to the Lord, "Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit saith the Lord of hosts" (Zech.4:6), and this principle is found all through the Bible. Hoe worden de grenzen van de stukken land bepaald die de stammen krijgen? We can look at it naturally as saying he was not a man given to physical exercise, he was not a man who was full of energy and vitality, but rather a man who was enjoying all that there was of the world before him, and consequently, he was in this bloated condition that indicated a physical condition that was not good. ( Log Out / ( Log Out / The truth either brings repentance or resentment, and those who resent the truth of the word of God being brought to bear upon their conscience and answering to it are morally slain before God, they have missed their opportunity and they are judged because they have refused that word. Dear brethren, it is the best weapon we have, we can use all sorts of considerations in dealing with those who oppose God, but the best thing to do is to quote the appropriate part of the Word of God that deals with the matter in question.