The Heart of a Champion

SERIES – Accessing the Champion in You 

Judges 3:12-30 CEV 

12Once more the Israelites started disobeying the Lord. So he let them be defeated by King Eglon of Moab,  

13who had joined forces with the Ammonites and the Amalekites to attack Israel. Eglon and his army captured Jericho.  

14Then he ruled Israel for eighteen years and forced the Israelites to pay heavy taxes.  

15The Israelites begged the Lord for help, and the Lord chose Ehud from the Benjamin tribe to rescue them. They put Ehud in charge of taking the taxes to King Eglon, but before Ehud went, he made a double-edged dagger.  

16Ehud was left-handed, so he strapped the dagger to his right thigh, where it would be hidden under his robes.  

17Ehud and some other Israelites took the taxes to Eglon, who was a very fat man.  

18As soon as they gave the taxes to Eglon, Ehud said it was time to go home.  

19Ehud went with the other Israelites as far as the statues at Gilgal. Then he turned back and went upstairs to the cool room where Eglon had his throne. Ehud said, “Your Majesty, I need to talk with you in private.” Eglon replied, “Don’t say anything yet!”  

20His officials left the room, and Eglon stood up as Ehud came closer. “Yes,” Ehud said, “I have a message for you from God!”  

21Ehud pulled out the dagger with his left hand and shoved it so far into Eglon’s stomach  

22that even the handle was buried in his fat. Ehud left the dagger there.  

23Then after closing and locking the doors to the room, he climbed through a window onto the porch  

24and left. When the king’s officials came back and saw that the doors were locked, they said, “The king is probably inside relieving himself.”  

25They stood there waiting until they felt foolish, but Eglon never opened the doors. Finally, they unlocked the doors and found King Eglon lying dead on the floor.  

26But by that time, Ehud had already escaped past the statues. Ehud went to the town of Seirah  

27in the hill country of Ephraim and started blowing a signal on a trumpet.  

28The Israelites came together, and he shouted, “Follow me! The Lord will help us defeat the Moabites.” The Israelites followed Ehud down to the Jordan valley, and they captured the places where people cross the river on the way to Moab. They would not let anyone go across,  

29and before the fighting was over, they killed about ten thousand Moabite warriors—not one escaped alive.  

30Moab was so badly defeated that it was a long time before they were strong enough to attack Israel again. And Israel was at peace for eighty years. 

Judges 3:15 MOFF – Then Israel cried to the Eternal, and the Eternal raised up a champion for them; it was Ehud, the son of Gera, a Benjamite, who was left-handed. He carried tribute from the Israelites to Eglon the king of Moab. 

(v. 14) 

James 5:1-6 NLT – 1 Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead 2 of you. 2 Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. 3 Your gold and silver have become worthless. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This treasure you have accumulated will stand as evidence against you on the day of judgment. 4 For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The wages you held back cry out against you. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 5 You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and killed innocent people, who do not resist you. 

(Jas. 5:5) 

(Judges 3:17) 

“What is wrong in a society where so many people are forced to live from hand to mouth, paycheck to paycheck, tip to tip, with no paid leave?”  

Dr. Rick Jones 

The top 20% of the country possesses 90% of the total wealth. The bottom 80% of the country possesses 10% of the wealth. 

(Judges 3:15 in both translations) 

Luke 3:5 KJV – Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; 

Luke 3:7-11 NLT – 7 When the crowds came to John for baptism, he said, “You brood of snakes! Who warned you to flee God’s coming wrath? 8 Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones. 9 Even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.” 10 The crowds asked, “What should we do?” 11 John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” 

(v. J3:15 Moff) 

  • Accept the change 
  • Adjust to a new normal 
  • Activate new disciplines 

(vs. 15-16) 

(vs. 23-25) 

Lessons 

  1. God makes the handicapped handicapable. 

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 MSG – 26 Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. 27 Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, 28 chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? 29 That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. 

  1. God is a God of justice 
  1. God answers prayer through human agency (v. 15) 
  1. Champions make adjustments 

Galatians 3:4 NLT – Have you experienced so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vain, was it? 

  1. Profit from your problems. 

Judges 3:27-30 MSG – 27 When he got there, he sounded the trumpet on Mount Ephraim. The People of Israel came down from the hills and joined him. He took his place at their head. 28 He said, “Follow me, for God has given your enemies—yes, Moab!—to you.” They went down after him and secured the fords of the Jordan against the Moabites. They let no one cross over. 29 At that time, they struck down about ten companies of Moabites, all of them well-fed and robust. Not one escaped. 30 That day Moab was subdued under the hand of Israel. The land was quiet for eighty years. 

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