Heb ‘Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.’
In the last study we looked at the first
enemy to totally dominate the nation of
Judges 3:12-14,17 Once again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and
because they did this evil the LORD gave
Eglon king of
‘Once again…’ is the sorry tale that is
told in the book of Judges. ‘Once again’, we read in this first verse, that the
Israelites did evil in the sight of the Lord. So once again an enemy is allowed
to rise up and conquer
So first of all, we are confronted with a
new enemy. The cycle of sin continues as Eglon, King of Moab, takes control of
the Promised Land. The Moabites, strangely enough, are descendants of
Now, I hope you are not in this category of
people for the rest of this study is not going to be concerned with those that
are not truly born again Christians. You see, even as a true Christian it is
easy to simply ‘go through the motions’ so we all have to be on our guard. It
speaks to us of those times when, having departed from our first love, we carry
on through the motion of being a ‘good Christian’, yet we are devoid of the
inner reality of God’s importance and presence in our life. Eglon,
the king of
3:15 Again the Israelites cried out to the LORD, and he gave them a
deliverer—Ehud, a left-handed man, the son of
Now, if I could attach sound files to this document I would definitely add the Rocky theme (which, incidentally, I can’t get out of my head and have been whistling while I write this study!), because there is a scrap a-cumin! Here comes Ehud, the deliverer from this enemy of profession. Again, when we look at the meanings of names of the people involved it is very instructive for us. Our hero, Ehud, means ‘I will give praise’, or ‘I will give thanks’. Now, we are going to have a quick look at the power of praise because it is taught consistently throughout the word of God, but before we do let's just have a look at where this fellow Ehud comes from…
We read above the Ehud
is the son of
The Power of Praise
Now, this meditation
has an outlet. As
But there is a power in praise and thankfulness, and its importance in our lives is taught consistently throughout the Bible. Notice also that Ehud’s name means ‘I will give praise/thanks’. It’s a small point, but one that should be noted in that it shows there is a decision of the will to be made. ‘I will give praise’! All of us will be tested on this! There will always be times when trials and darkness surround you and praise is slow in coming. It is then, at that very moment, that you need to make a conscious decision to lift up your shield of faith and praise God despite how your circumstances seem.
The End of the Fat Man! (Defeat of the enemy)
-21 Now Ehud had made a double-edged sword about a foot and a half long,
which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing. He presented the
tribute to Eglon king of
We have seen so far
how the enemy, this King of Moab, took his place of rule in
There is a type here of the warfare that New Testament believers encounter and engage in. Our double-edged sword is not man-made but has been given to us from above.
Heb ‘For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit.’.
Eph ‘Take the… sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.’
The defeat of the enemy comes firstly through meditating on the word of God, then in allowing that meditation to overflow in praise and thankfulness. And finally, we see from this passage in Judges that the enemy is defeated as the double-edged sword is thrust into the enemy’s side. For us, (and especially when trials arise) this means using the word of God as Jesus did to defeat the enemy in the wilderness. It means declaring the truth of the word, declaring the promises of God. It means using the truth of God’s word as your basis of praise and thankfulness to Him. It means renewing your mind with its truth when the arrows of doubt from the enemy flood in. Submit yourself to God, resist the enemy (with the use of your sword!) and he will flee from you!
In this manner the cycle of sin is defeated and the enemy of empty profession is destroyed.
|Bible Studies in the Book of Judges Series|
 The older
 John Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ is amazing! He deals with ‘empty
profession’ in the form of two characters ‘Formalist and Hypocrisy’. As
Christian is going on his travels to the
 If you want a good case
study of this that you can do in your own time, have a look at the nation of
 Just a couple of well-known verses about Meditation as a timely
Josh 1:8 'This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have success.
Psalm 1:1-3 'How blessed is the man whose… delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season. (See also 119:97-99, 1 Tim 4:15)
 There is a really interesting picture of
praise back in the first chapter of Judges that should be mentioned. William
Newell brings this out in his book ‘Old Testament Studies’. You may remember
that the Lord chose
 The great legendary unforgettable Christian, George Herbert (ok, I’ve never heard of him either!) said, ‘Thou who has given so much to me, give one thing more – a grateful heart!’
 I had to drive to a different city for work recently so I grabbed an old Keith Green tape I hadn’t listened to for ages. One song really stood out called ‘When I hear the praises start.’ Here are some of the lyrics and by them you can tell he knew the power of resting and praising – Oh, alright. I’ll even sing it for you!
‘My son, my son, why are you striving? You can’t add one thing to what’s been done for you. I did it all when I was dying. Rest in your faith, my peace will come to you. For when I hear the praises start, I want to rain upon you, blessings that will fill your heart. Oh I see no stain upon you. Because you are my child and you know me, to me you’re only holy, nothing you’ve done, remains, only what you do for me.’
 For your own study, please have a look and meditate on the following verses – Psalm 50:23, 2 Chron 20:1-30 (this is a fantastic passage on the power of praise and is a corresponding passage to this one in Judges for it again shows the power of praise over the Moabite enemy! The whole chapter is awesome but in context with what we are saying, especially note verses 20-22. As a side note I think I will write this chapter as a separate study cause it deserves a lot of attention!) Isaiah 54:1, 61:3, Psalm 98, 100:4, Eph 5:19-20, Heb 13:15.