The Judge Ehud Page 5 of 5 (series: Lessons on Judges)

by John Lowe
(Woodruff, S.C.)

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1(Isa. 10.6-7) “I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.”
2(Gen. 19.30-38) “And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters. And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.”
3(Jos. 6.26) “And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.”
4(Hos. 2:8) “For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.” For she did not know reiterates the problem lying behind Gomer’s (and Israel’s) defection, a misconception as to whom she was responsible and from whom she received blessings. Hosea (and Jehovah)

lavished upon Gomer (and Israel) not only the necessities of life, but also the luxuries in unparalleled abundance. Effect demands a cause. Gomer (and Israel) recognized the blessing, but did not recognize the proper source or cause. Gomer must have done something similar to what Israel did with the silver and gold that God lavished upon her, for Israel took the silver and gold and prepared (it) for Baal. What Israel literally did was to take the silver and gold and make them into an idol of Baal. The error was not new; it was the same then as always and continues to be characteristic of man (See Rom. 1:21–25).
5(Deut. 2:9) “And the LORD said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle: for I will not give thee of their land for a possession; because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession.”
6(1 Co. 12:24) “For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:” By making the less presentable parts of the body essential to the well-being of the rest, and by diffusing a common life through all the members, he has made the body a harmonious whole.
7(Ps. 80:17) “Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.” The only person who can be said to be at the right hand of God as intercessor, is JESUS the MESSIAH. Let him become our Deliverer: appoint him for this purpose, and let his strength be manifested in our weakness! By whom are the Jews to be restored, if indeed they ever be restored to their own land, but by JESUS CHRIST? By HIM alone can they find mercy; through HIM alone can they ever be reconciled to God.
8(Ps. 44:3) “For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.” For they got not the land—“Neither by their valor, nor cunning, nor for their merit; yet, they were obliged to fight. But how did they conquer? By the right hand of the Lord, and by his arm; by his strength alone, and the light of his countenance—his favor most manifestly shown unto them.”
9(Ge 46:21) “And the sons of Benjamin were Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard.”

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