A. Israel is enslaved [12-14]
B. Ehud the savior [15-17]
C. Idols [18-19a]
D. Roof chamber [19b-20a]
E. Slaughtering Eglon [20b-22]
D. Roof chamber [23-25]
C. Idols 
B. Ehud the savior [27-28a]
A. Israel is freed [28b-30]
· Ehud: The left handed man from Benjamin (son of my right hand). Left handed people were typically forced to be right handed. Left hand was the “unclean” hand. Ehud is definitely an oddity; a backwards man of sorts, perhaps even despised.
· Moab Ammon: the perverted offspring of Lot (sodomites?), Amelek (defeated foes)
· Eglon: The fat (girly) cow. Baal is often depicted as a calf (golden calves from Aaron & Jeraboam). He is something of a sacrifice. He is a bull that is slaughtered. Even the sword that pierces him is called a flame. Sinners will be cut down and “burned” by God’s wrath. More than that, the gods we worship are defeated and shown to be utterly (pun intended) powerless.
· The text does not present Eglon, king of Moab, as grossly fat orin any way impeded. he terms used typically denote health, strength, and attrac-tiveness and constitute a portrayal of him as a formidable, healthy, robust man.
· Is Eglon a homosexual? (Feminine noun and possibly the reason why he tells everyone to leave.)
· The idols are important. They were set at the edge of the region, as guardians, of sorts. They were to protect the people, but the idols were completely impotent; powerless to save.
· Gilgal- the place where Israel was circumcised in covenant renewal. “The idols at Gigal would have been for Ehud something attuned to seeing a Nazi flag at Arlington national Cemetery.”
· At the center of the chiasm is “God’s word.” The sword is actually a “two mouthed sword” (edge). See Provers 5:3-4, Hebrews 4:12, Rev. 1:16. Ehud brought down the king with the very word of God, reminding us that one day God will speak once and for all and his enemies will cast down. “One little word shall fell them.”
I. The impotence of idolatry:
Israel’s idolatry put them in bondage. It made them week. Eglon’s idols couldn’t protect. The Lord, on the other hand, handed them over. He is in sovereign control at all times.
II. The destruction of idolatry:
Eglon’s idols (cultic, food, sexual perversion, etc) are the causes of his downfall. Judgment comes through and upon each.
III. The foolery of idolatry:
A. God is shown to be supreme. He judges men for their worship.
B. Israel should laugh hard, but the laughing stops when we remember that they were conquered because of their sin and their sins are just as evil. They should have been slaughtered. But another was sacrificed in their place.
C. They only have rest for 80 years. They eventually turn back to their foolish ways.
 http://www.biblicalhorizons.com/pdf/jjju.pdf, p. 60.
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