“Ehud made for himself a sword, a cubit long, which had two edges, and he girded it on his right thigh under his clothing.” Judges 3:16
At first glance it may seem there isn’t much to get out of our verse today. First, though, our history lesson from the introduction in the Amplified Bible. “After the death of Joshua the Israelites repeatedly fell into disobedience. This would be followed by oppressing nations coming in and exploiting them. Turning to God in repentance they received deliverance through leaders divinely called to repulse the enemies.” Our verse today chronicles one of them, Ehud.
Right off the bat I like Ehud, our hero, he was a left handed man. The Israelites oppressor was Eglon the King of Moab. Ehud went to see the king carrying a tribute. He told the king he had a secret to tell him, so the king sent everyone out of the room. When the Eglon drew near to hear the secret Ehud thrust the sword, in today’s verse, into the king’s side. Eglon was a very heavy man and the sword went completely into his side and the fat closed in around the handle so that you couldn’t see it. Ehud then went out a different way and locked the door to the room he had met the king in. When the king’s servants finally came back in they thought he was relieving himself and left him alone. Finally, the servants went in to find the king dead, but since they could not see the sword no one thought about foul play. Meanwhile, Ehud went back home, gathered up the Israelites and brought them to defeat the Moabites. The land had peace and rest for eighty years.
Okay, you may say, interesting story, now how does today’s verse relate to me? How can I apply it to my life?
What I got was, Ehud’s sword had two edges. There’s a reference in the new testament to a two edged sword in Hebrews 4:12, it says, “For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power; it is sharper than any two edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (the soul) and (the immortal) spirit, and of joints and marrow (of the deepest parts of our nature), exposing, sifting, analyzing, and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.”
God has given us His mighty two edged sword, the Bible, for our protection, deliverence, and to help us draw closer to Him.