Judges | Day Three
By: Taylor Cage | Othniel, Ehud, and Shamgar
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Read Judges 3:1-6. Make your own list here of the nations that God left in the land:
What gigantic mistake did the Israelites make in verse 6?
God doesn’t have a problem with marrying people of different races and ethnicities - that’s not what this is about. Instead, God has a problem with us marrying people who do not consider Him to be the God of their lives. God knows that by marrying people who believe in false gods, the Israelites were welcoming false gods into their lives and families.
Think about your own life and your own relationships. Are the people who have the most influence on you worshipping the One true God or are they welcoming false gods into your life?
Read Judges 3:7-11. Why was God angry with the Israelites?
Who did they turn to for help and how did God show them grace when the people turned to Him?
Read Judges 1:12-15. What do we know about Othniel? Who won Othniel’s battle for him?
Othniel, the first judge of Israel, was a pretty likely guy to become a judge. He was Caleb’s brother and already had some victories under his belt. But even with Othniel’s capabilities, the Bible still makes it clear that God won the battle for him.
God gets credit for all of Othniel’s victories.
Are you giving credit to the Lord for all of your own victories?
How might you be claiming God’s victories for yourself?
How long did the people live in peace?
Read Judges 3:12-30.
Listen, I know what you’re thinking… WHAT WAS THAT?! And yes, this story gets a little weird. So let’s start at the beginning...
Once again, the people were attacked and cried out to the Lord for deliverance. This response to painful circumstances is familiar to me. Just like the Israelites, when I am walking through the fire, my first cry is to God and my first prayer is for Him to fix it. But sometimes (okay, usually) I ask God to fix my problem without even considering that it could be the consequences of my own sin and mistakes. When I’m living in the consequences of my own sin, my first response shouldn’t be asking God to fix it but instead repenting and telling God that I’m sorry.
Why did God allow the people to be attacked?
How was God showing them grace by allowing them to be attacked? How did God show them grace again?
What do you know about Ehud?
Ehud was a left-handed man, but Ehud was also Benjaminite, which translates to “son of the right hand.” Ironic, right? In fact, most biblical scholars believe that Ehud wasn’t a left-handed man by choice but that his right hand was unusable in some way. Now whatever it was that rendered his right hand unusable was probably why Eglon and his attendants felt comfortable leaving their king with Ehud and why they would never have suspected that Ehud could wield a weapon against their king.
What did Ehud do and why was Ehud able to escape?
How long was there peace in Israel under the leadership of Ehud?
Read Judges 3:31.
What did Shamgar use to fight his enemies?
Shamgar, the third judge of Israel is hardly mentioned, but it’s still easy to see Shamgar as one of the bravest and most creative judges. When fighting his enemies, Shamgar simply used what he had. God had already given him exactly what he needed.
What about you? How are you using what God has already given you to do what He has called you to do?
Spend some time thinking about these three judges. They were all incredibly unique and yet God used each of them to deliver His people. How has God uniquely made you to do what He has called you to do?