Eglon Bible Study
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The Book of Judges
It's always a brighter day when we share Daily Bread! At the end of
our last study time, we learned that because Israel had broken the
Covenant that the Lord made with their ancestors, God decided not to
drive out any more of the heathen nations that were left in the
Promised Land, but by leaving them there, He would test the children
of Israel; whether they would follow the way of the Lord, or not.
That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way
of the LORD to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.
What do you suppose happened next? Well, the people of Israel took
heathen daughters to be their wives and gave their daughters to be
wives to the heathen. They forgot about God and instead served other
gods and idols.
So, God did exactly as He promised and Chushanrishathaim, the king of
Mesopotamia was the thorn in Israel's side, and he ruled over them,
oppressing them for eight years. Then Israel cried out to God for
help and the Lord raised up a deliverer, which was Caleb's nephew,
He led Israel in war, defeating Chushanrishathaim, and then judged
Israel, which was then in peace for 40 years. And this was the first
cycle of sin to deliverance during the time of the judges in Israel.
Forty years ... And another generation developing their own ideas.
You guessed it, again the children of Israel did evil in the sight of
God. So God gave Eglon, the king of Moab the power to defeat Israel
and the Hebrews served under his rule for eighteen years. And again,
the Lord raised up a deliverer named Ehud.
Now, Ehud was left handed and quite cleverly, on one occasion when he
was bringing a gift (probably a tribute) from the children of Israel
to king Eglon, who by the way, was an extremely portly man, Ehud
concealed a two edged dagger on his right thigh. When he had finished
presenting the king with the gift, Ehud told him that he had a secret
to tell him.
The king then sent his servants away and went into his summer parlor
alone with Ehud, and sat down. Ehud then told him that the secret was
a message from God! Well, this brought Eglon to his feet, and Ehud
grasped the dagger and plunged it into Eglon's belly ... Probably not
the message Eglon was anticipating, huh?
So fat was Eglon that the handle of the dagger disappeared in his
belly and Ehud couldn't retract it! So, leaving the dagger and the
dead king, Ehud left, locking the doors behind him.
Eglon's servants, supposing that the king was asleep, didn't disturb
him, and waited until they became concerned that perhaps something
was amiss before they tried to enter the parlor. Finding the doors
locked, they took a key and opened the doors, discovering the king,
fallen dead on the ground.
Meanwhile, Ehud easily escaped, and he then led the children of
Israel in defeating Moab. And the land rested for 80 years.
After the death of Ehud, Israel was delivered by a man named Shamgar,
but very little is written concerning this judge, other than that he
killed 600 Philistines with an ox goad.
And this ended the second cycle of sin to deliverance during the time
of the judges in Israel.
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