When Othniel, the first judge died, Israel went back to offending the Lord, and He sent Moab against them to oppress them, that they might repent and turn back to Him. They did finally, and the Lord raised a new judge,

But when the children of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for them: Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a left-handed man. By him the children of Israel sent tribute to Eglon king of Moab (Judges 3:15).

Anyone who knows me, knows why I like this judge; he was left-handed (as I also am). There was a time when teachers and parents discouraged left-handedness, but they did not do that in ancient Israel, and it helped them, as you will see later in the narration, because Ehud’s left-handedness allowed him to deliver Israel from the oppressive might of Moab.

Be careful about discouraging natural traits, for you might suppress someone who could do something great.

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