Ehud – "The Lefty"

Again the Israelites cried out to the LORD, and he gave them a deliverer‐‐ Ehud, a left‐handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites sent him with tribute to Eglon king of Moab.” (Judges 3:15)

The first thing that jumps out at me is that Ehud was a “left-handed man.”  It seems kind of weird.  Why put that in the Bible?  Is it that relevant.  Yes it is.

There is some major irony in the story. The reason it is ironic is because the name Benjamin means “son of the right hand”. So what you have in the story is a “left‐handed man” from the tribe of the “son of the right hand.”

What do we learn?  Ehud was not the typical Benjamite.  He was unique.  The tribe of Benjamin is talked about more than any other tribe in Judges and most of it is negative!  Except this part about Ehud – the “left-handed” in a “right-handed” clan.  Ehud was different.  He was loyal and committed to God!

Don’t try and blend.  Stand out!  Embrace who God made you.

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