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Ehud presents the tribute to Eglon the   It was while they were delaying that
        king of Moab. We are told that Eglon was   Ehud blows the trumpet in the hill country
        obese. After giving the present to Eglon,   of Ephraim and rallies the men of Israel to
        Ehud sends away those who came with   pursue the Moabites. The king was assas-
        him. Likely appealing to Eglon’s pride,   sinated and the armies were left leaderless.
        he states, “I have a secret message for   Led by Ehud, the armies of Israel cut off
        you,  O  King”  (Jdg  3:19),  to  which  the   the fleeing Moabites at the fords of Jordan
        king responds by sending his servants   toward Moab. No one could pass, and God
        away. Eglon was sitting on his throne in   gave a great deliverance to Israel. About
        the cool roof chamber or summer parlor.   10,000 Moabites were killed; all of them
        We find that Ehud was a cunning man.   were “robust and valiant men; and no one
        Alone with the king, Ehud adds, “I have   escaped” (Jdg 3:29). Israel was delivered
        a message from God for you” (3:20), and   and had peace for 80 years.
        the king arises and stands before him. This   What conclusions can we draw from
        is where the story becomes graphic. Ehud   such a story as this? While it might not
        thrusts the dagger into the king’s belly.   be your first choice the next time you are
        The dagger goes through his stomach and   asked to speak in Sunday School, there
        the fat closes around it. He leaves it in the
        king’s belly and the “dirt”                        is value  to this  account.
        or  “refuse”  comes  out.  When we read            It  reminds  us  that  God
        Mission  accomplished.                             will work to deliver His
        The king was dead. But   of Ehud, can we           people. When we read of
        how will Ehud escape the                           Ehud, can we not see God
        palace unharmed? Again,                            at work in all the details?
        we find God at work in  not see God at             Everything  in  the  story
        the  details  of  events  in                       was working toward that
        the story.              work in all the            purpose.  We  must  un-
          Ehud steps back from                             derline that none of what
        Eglon and walks out of                             took place was by chance
        the palace. He locks the      details?             or luck. God chose a left-
        doors behind him. When                             handed  man  that  could
        the servants see Ehud leave they come to   conceal a weapon to assassinate a king. The
        check on the king. But the doors are locked.   graphic details of the king’s refuse bursting
        They conclude that Eglon is “covering   out when he was thrust through delayed
        his  feet”  or  “relieving  himself”  (3:24).   the servants from discovering the king
        The servants believed the king was in the   was dead. This allowed Ehud to escape
        bathroom. The details given might seem   unharmed. It is most unlikely to conceive
        strange to us, but they are how God was   that any one of us will be called to be a
        moving to safely allow Ehud to escape. The   deliverer like Ehud. However, when we
        smell from Eglon being pierced through   assess the circumstances in our lives, let us
        and the contents of his bowels being on the   remember that God can use any one of us,
        ground gives his servants the impression   on any given day, to achieve His purposes.
        he was “occupied.” So, they wait. And as   We just might be surprised when we look
        they wait, Ehud walks out of the palace   at how even the smallest details all come
        unquestioned and unharmed.           together.

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