The Israelites served Eglon of Moab for eighteen years. But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help, the Lord again raised up a rescuer to save them. His name was Ehud son of Gera, a left-handed man of the tribe of Benjamin.
My former husband was born left-handed, but he was forced to become right-handed, which he recalls was a hard-won process. Another friend's teacher beat her left hand repeatedly when she was just a child. She still remembers the pain and her shame.
Strange to say, some wrong-minded believers think they've got the Lord's Mind all figured out; that His Righteous Right Hand will not extend to one tenth of the world's population; that left-handed people are unworthy and will be counted as goats among sheep.
But they're misunderstanding the Bible. Because sitting at the left side of Christ, as the mother of Zebedee's sons asked, is a most honorable position.*
Therein, Ehud, Israel's second judge, was a left-handed fighter and hero. He vanquished the evil king of Moab, freeing his countrymen from oppression.
What are some lessons from this devotion?
1. No one is high enough to know God's Mind.
2. His Word says He wants to save everyone.
3. We're judged by just one body part: the heart.
4. Left-handed people aren't imperfect.
5. Mean-hearted people need to get a grip.
To Be Continued...
** 'Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of Him. 'What is it you want?' He asked. She said, 'Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at Your right and the other at Your left in Your kingdom' ' (Matthew 20:20-21, NIV).
* Short article: Ehud, 2nd Judge of Israel: http://www.aboutbibleprophecy.com/p254.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.