Ehud: The Improbable Deliverer

January 22, 2021 Preacher: Pedro Samuel Series: The Book of Judges

Topic: Christian Living Scripture: Judges 3:12–31

"History is His story,” but as God executes His divine decrees, He never violates human responsibility, but rules and overrules in the affairs of individuals and nations to accomplish His great purposes on this earth

The story begins with the reader being informed that the Israelites “again” did evil in the sight of the Lord (verse 12). The pattern of cycles set forth in chapter 2 is played out in chapter 3. The author wants us to be very aware of the fact that every man was doing what was right in his own eyes (Judges 17:6; 21:25).

Jesus is the ultimate deliverer that God has sent to redeem His people from the bondage of sin. He in likeness of Ehud had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him (Is 53:2; John 1:46). But in contrast with Ehud, He did not kill anyone; He was the sacrifice, killed for our redemption.


  1. A Quick word about Shamgar (3:31)
  2. God’s Redemptive Judgment (3:12-14)
  3. God’s Deliverance (3:15-29)
  4. God’s Peace and Rest (3:30)

Discussion Questions:

1. How many times is “the cycle” repeated in this chapter?

2. How many years of bondage did it take these Israelites to cry out to the Lord? (v.14)

3. What was the message that Ehud had for king Eglon? What application could we draw from that today?

4. As much cunning and courage as Ehud had, he could not do the work by himself. It was essential for brave and faithful men to rally around him. How can this be applied to the ministry of the local church?

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