This past weekend I shared a story with a friend at church about a freshman whom Chris had lead to faith. The Christian faith is not based upon works; therefore, when someone becomes a Christian I don’t want to give them a list of things to do. That is counter to the gospel that we preach, so what do we do? We must expose them to the word of God. After hearing the story, my friend pointed out another story in Judges chapter three that teaches us this exact principle. 15 Then the people of Israel cried out to the LORD, and the LORD raised up for them a deliverer, Ehud, the son of Gera, the Benjaminite, a left-handed man. The people of Israel sent tribute by him to Eglon the king of Moab. 16 And Ehud made for himself a sword with two edges, a cubit in length, and he bound it on his right thigh under his clothes. 17 And he presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab. Now Eglon was a very fat man. 18 And when Ehud had finished presenting the tribute, he sent away the people who carried the tribute. 19 But he himself turned at the idols near Gilgal and said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” And he commanded, “Silence.” And all his attendants went out from his presence. 20 And Ehud came to him as he was sitting alone in his cool roof chamber. And Ehud said, “I have a message from God for you.” And he arose from his seat. 21 And Ehud reached with his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly. 22 And the hilt also went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade, for he did not pull the sword out of his belly; and the dung came out. 23 Then Ehud went out into the porch and closed the doors of the roof chamber behind him and locked them.
The sword that Ehud makes represents the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12). Just as Ehud sticks the sword in Eglon and leaves it, we are to put the Word of God into the people we are around and leave it. Upon doing so the dung (representing sin) will come out. I am thankful for this passage because it shows me what is required of me. I must expose people to the Word and let it work, just like the farmer in Mark 4:26-29 who scatters seed on the ground and in a couple days finds that the seed has grown, even though he doesn’t know exactly how.
- Andrew Hawkins