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Ehud - When Being Left Was Right! (3 of 5)
Series: Here Comes The Judges!
INTRO: Israel's choice to once again drift away from God made it necessary for God to act in such a way as to draw them back again.
God would use two unlikely sources to speak to them ... the Moabites would be empowered by God to come against His own people in order to get their attention; and then God would choose a man who was considered "defective" by their own standards to bring deliverance for them!
God doesn't look at the outward appearance of a man/woman ... He looks for inward qualities! Ehud was such a person!
ILLUS: The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership, Vol. 16, no. 3.
Even the courage of one person can bring victory to many ... and inspire the faith of a multitude! Are you such a one?
PROP. SENT: When God is looking for a man or woman to do a job He doesn't always pick the one that seems to have the perfect outward attributes ... He looks on the heart! God often brings victory from defects and defeats, from what the world considers as failures God brings success!
I. PAIN OF DEFEAT! Judges 3:12-14
A. Disaster! Judges 3:12
1. The saddest words in this verse are "once again" ... a sad commentary on the human heart's tendency toward sin!
2. This "doing evil" was a willful decision on their part ... they chose to ignore the teaching of their forefathers and the faith of the previous generations.
3. This deliberate rejection of God brought with it God's plan to discipline and restore!
a. But the plan included allowing an ungodly king and an ungodly nation to temporarily have power over Israel!
b. From this we must understand that all powers in this world exist because God allows them ... He will accomplish His purposes no matter how much the nations think they a ...
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