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Kendra Graham NOTES from Judges 3:15-26
WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.
15: When Israel cried to the LORD, the LORD raised a deliverer.
16: Ehud made a 1 cubit (18 inches) two edged sword and bound it on his right thigh under his cloak.
17: Ehud presented the tribute to the king, a very fat man.
18: When Ehud finished, he sent away the people who carried the tribute.
19: Ehud turned back from the idols at Gilgal, Ehud said “I have a secret message for you, O King, keep silent.” All who attended the king left.
20: Ehud came while he was alone on his roof chamber and said “I have a message from God for you.”
21: Ehud stretched out his left hand, took the sword and thrust it into his belly.
22: The handle went in after the blade and fat closed over the blade, he did not draw the sword out, refuse came out.
23: Ehud went into the vestibule, shut and locked the doors to the roof chamber.
24: When he had gone, the servants came, looked, and behold the doors were locked and said, “He is only relieving himself in the cool chamber.”
25: They waited, became anxious, took the key, opened them and their master had fallen to the floor dead.
26: Ehud escaped while they were delaying and he passed by the idols and escaped to the Seirah.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?
Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?
15: God loves us, never leaves us, and is waiting for us to humble ourselves, come to Him where we will find an abundance of grace and mercy.
16: God uses ordinary people for extraordinary purposes. God uses the fact Ehud is left handed to hide a sword to deliver His people. The sword being on the right thigh would have a better chance at getting through security. God is specific in what He calls us to do. Noah built an ark, Ehud built a dagger.
17-18: Israel was enslaved to this King and had to pay unjust high taxes to him. Ehud was the courier of these taxes. (probably gold, silver, animals) God makes possible those things he calls us to do, Ehud gets an audience with the King!
19a: They were all dismissed. I am wondering, if Ehud left the presence of the King…. maybe scared to do that which God had laid on HIs heart to do? He gets to Gilgal, the idols here can mean graven images or sculptured stones…. I am wondering of here in Gilgal, Ehud saw the memorial of the 12 stones that Joshua had built when crossing the Jordan, and he remembered the God he served, and what that God had commanded the people of Israel concerning the promised land. No compromise. Maybe here, Ehud remembered that the LORD his God was with him wherever he went, and to be careful to do ALL He commanded him, and he will have success…. (Joshua chapters 1-3). Remember who you serve. Be careful to do all. So Ehud turned around, and went back. It is never too late to turn around and obey God and get another audience with the King.
19b-26: God blessed Ehud. God made a way for him to have audience with the King, alone, he got through security (again) with a sword strapped to his thigh. Ehud faithfully gives the message God had for the King which is summed up in these words: God judges those who touch the apple of His eye. Ehud courageously and cunningly follows through with all God had commanded him. God gave him success. Through this act of courageousness by ONE man, Israel, a nation, gets the courage to stand. God will make a way when there is no way. To do that which God has called you to do will always take courage and faith. There is always gap between what I can do, and what God must do. Never downplay the impact that one, regular, normal everyday person obeying God can have on a nation. Be the one. Speak the Truth of God’s Word.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? NOW APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.
As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.
*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think. This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?
15: Do I shake my fists at God accusing Him of leaving me, when really, it is I who is the one who has left Him and His commands? AM I in need of God’s mercy? Will humble myself and cry out? Pride often is the biggest factor keeping us from coming to God.
16: Do I believe God has an extraordinary purpose for my life? Do I know what God has called me to do? Have I ever asked? Will I ask and allow Him to use me where I am today for His purpose instead of the purpose I want Him to bless me in?
17-18: When has God nudged my heart to do something and then made an impossibility a possibility? (Gotten into a school, money for a mission trip I felt called to do, something I needed to do what God had called me to do suddenly comes in the mail, or is given? Circumstances throughout the day encourage me to step up and out?….)
19a: Has fear overridden my obedience so I have missed out on the extraordinary hand of God in my life? Will I have the courage to turn around and obey when all my senses say no, but my spirit within me says, “Trust God!”? Today will I choose to obey God where I am or will I continue to run as hard as I can to the middle of nowhere? Is the idea that God has a plan and a purpose for my life, actually the thing I would rather not know?
19b-26: Will I be the one in my family, church, apartment complex, job, school, to obey God in this evil and perverse generation, surrounded by idols? (idols: that which takes our focus off of God and puts our focus everywhere and anywhere else.)
Will I be the one to stand when those around me fall? Will I allow God to show Himself faithful to me, thus impacting those around me? Do I have the courage to allow God to use me or will I succumb to fear, like so many others?
LIVE IT OUT!
Be careful to do all God has commanded me to do. Obedience is a BIG deal to God.
Homework: Ezra 1: 1-5
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