Thought For The Day 11/06/13

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Ehud – The James Bond Of The Book Of Judges

A Fun Fact Of Faith

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Ehud

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“The dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution is one of the pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into commonplaces, but which all experience refutes.

John Stuart Mill 

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/persecution.html#uycjisqUfUo1povR.99.” 

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Did you know that there was reportedly a James Bond type of character who is revealed in the book of Judges (which covers a time period in history from roughly 1367 to 1050 BC)? This time in history was one of persecution for the nation of Israel at the hands of 6 major oppressors: MESOPOTAMIANS, MOABITES, CANAANITES, MIDIANITES, AMMONITES and the PHILISTINES. In fact, the underlying theme of this book is often called “The Tales of the 4 S’s, which were SIN, SERVITUDE, SUPPLICATION and SALVATION!

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Well, the story of the “James Bond” character I am thinking of, whose given name was really Ehud, took place during the reign of King Eglon, the leader of the Moabites, who were a people who worshipped idols, and who were guilty of doing evil in the eyes of God.

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Moab was situated across the Dead Sea from Judah, and upon orders of their king, the Moabites crossed the Jordan and occupied Jericho.The Moabites were horribly cruel to the people of Israel, keeping them enslaved for 18 years. In their misery, they cried out to God to help them. Hearing their cries, God sent Ehud (and his sword that was reported to be a cubit long….about 18 inches) to pay a visit to the portly King Eglon.

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While we may not be fully aware of all that Ehud said, he must have been persuasive. We read in Judges 13:19 NIV, But on reaching the stone images near Gilgal he himself went back to Eglon and said, “Your Majesty, I have a secret message for you.” The king said to his attendants, “Leave us!” And they all left. 

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Now they may have searched Ehud’s side where most carry their swords, and seeing nothing, they left. But Ehud was left-handed, and his sword was neatly hidden on the other side, presumably beneath his cloak. And what was Ehud’s secret message to King Eglon? The hidden sword, delivered firmly into the belly of the rotund ruler, killing him. After making a quick get-a-way, Ehud returned to his people, rallied the troops, and led them to fight back, killing 10,000 Moabites, and returning the chosen children to a period of relative peace. And though the reprieve lasted merely 80 years, it was still all the time that was needed for the plans of the Almighty to be fulfilled, at least until the next oppression would begin, at the hands of the Canaanites.

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Although we certainly do not understand the why’s and wherefore’s of God’s plans for the nation of Israel, we do know that the years that make up the Old Testament, beginning around 1450 BC, was His way of preparing His children for the time when He would deliver unto the world a Savior. Were these times that I am glad I never had to Live through? Certainly! But those days were also an essential part of the history of faith, that was necessary to bring us to this place in today’s world. It was a necessary part of the building blocks which created Christianity, which is ours to embrace (or to not embrace), as we choose.

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“Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.”

1 Corinthians 7:20-23 ESV

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Copyright © 2011-2013 “MandysPath” Ministry

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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