Ehud was left-handed. Although being left-handed doesn’t sound like a big deal, it was of great importance in that time.?Soldiers held their shields in their left hands and their swords in their right hands. This was opposite for Ehud since he was left-handed and was much more effective using his left hand.
Verses 12-14. But the People of Israel went back to doing evil in?God?s sight. So?God?made Eglon king of Moab a power against Israel because they did evil in?God?s sight. He recruited the Ammonites and Amalekites and went out and struck Israel.
So God sent Ehud. Verses 15-16.?Ehud made himself a short two-edged sword and strapped it on his right thigh under his clothes.
Ehud sent a message to King Eglon that he had a?secret?for him. When the king leaned to hear Ehud’s message to him,?Eglon stood up from his throne. Ehud reached with his left hand and took his sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king?s big belly. Verses 20-21.
The people realized that the king was no more and they were free of his rule and reign. They could go back to serving the one true God.?The land was quiet for eighty years. Verse 30.
To each this lesson to school age students in children’s worship, start off by giving each student a blank sheet of paper and a pencil. Ask them if they are left-handed or right-handed. Tell them to write the weekly Bible verse with their non-dominant hand. Ask them how it felt using their non-dominant hand. Was it easy or difficult to write?
Tell the story of King Eglon and Ehud. Ask them if they think it was easy for Ehud to use the sword with his left hand. Ask them how God can use them in unlikely ways to minister to others.
As a side note: One student in children’s worship asked how large this king was. After reading that he was an obese man, this makes me think there may be a similarity between this king and the king who wanted Daniel and his friends to eat his rich unhealthy foods.??Hmmm?! This makes me ponder and think about the eating habits and exercises of kings in those days.