What practical key life learnings can we glean from the life of Ehud?
Context (Judges 3:12-30): Maybe you have never heard of Ehud. God raised up Ehud as a Judge to throw off the 18 year domination of the Moabites. Ehud was asked to bring the tribute to Eglon, the King of Moabites. He also brought with him a dagger that he strapped to his leg. After he had finished giving the tribute to the King, he told the King that he had a secret to tell him. When everyone else had left the room, Ehud reached for his dagger and thrust it into fat King Eglon’s belly and killed him. He then left the room and locked the doors behind him and escaped. Then he gathered all the Jews and with the Lord’s help they successfully revolted against the Moabites.
Key Life Learnings
Sometimes radical action is required to throw off oppression (Judges 4:1-14): Although peaceful communication is always our first option to for resolving conflict, sometimes this does not work. In Ehud’s case, he used radical action to kill the evil king and to free his people from oppression.
Even Jesus went into the temple and overturned the money changers tables and threw those selling their goods out of the temple because this was desecrating God’s house.
There are times in our lives that we need to stand up against evil; to speak out when it is unpopular or to physically stand against evildoers. Justice and freedom often come at a high price. Consider the life and death of Jesus, Christian martyrs over the centuries, wars fought to maintain freedom, etc. Where is God asking your voice to be heard or you to stand in the gap on behalf of others?
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