An open Bible and a cup of coffee.

But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded”
(Judges 3:15)

People get entangled, ensnared, and captured by all kinds of things in this world (Hebrews 12:1). Some find themselves in bondage to depression, fear, or anxiety. Others find themselves enslaved to addictive habits or substances. Viewing pornography or gambling are common examples of the former, alcohol and drug use are common examples of the latter. Whatever the specifics, we may say that, in a general sense, it is sin itself that enslaves people. “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin” declared the Lord (John 8:34). The Bible insists, however, that this is not God’s plan for our lives. At the beginning of His public ministry, the Lord Jesus declared the purpose of His coming. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,” He said, applying the ancient Scriptures to Himself, “because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18). Christ came into the world to set people free of every hateful, hurtful, objectionable, and oppressive thing. The Lord informs us that it is the truth that sets people free (John 8:32). Since Jesus claimed to be the Truth itself incarnate (John 14:6), we are not surprised to hear Him claim that it is the Son of God Who sets people free ultimately (John 8:36). As forgiven and redeemed believers in Jesus, we are blessed to be living temples of God the Spirit (Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 3:16). We rejoice to know that “the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17). The Lord’s redemptive, salvific, and liberating work is so central to the human story, so central to the plans and purposes of God for mankind, that it functions as a major thematic feature of the Scriptures. Today we think of the exploits of Ehud, Israel’s second judge, which contain several parallels to the person and work of Christ. In Ehud’s day, Israel was in bondage to Eglon the king of Moab, who had enlisted Ammon and Amalek as his allies. This parallels mankind’s bondage to sin and Satan. In fact, the unholy triad parallels the future enemies of Israel, the Beast, the False Prophet, and the Dragon (Revelation 16:13; 20:10). The true identities of both Christ and Ehud as God-ordained liberators of Israel were initially unrecognized by the nation’s oppressors. Just as Ehud’s destruction of Eglon was not immediately obvious, so too was the Lord’s destruction of Satan (John 12:31; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14). After Ehud destroyed the wicked king, he ascended a mountain, gathered an army, and returned to vanquish Israel’s enemies (Judges 3:27-30). This reminds us that the Lord ascended to heaven after defeating Satan and death (Acts 1:1-11) but will return with and army to defeat Israel’s enemies and bring in lasting peace (Revelation 19; Isaiah 11). Even so, Come Lord Jesus!
God bless,

pastor john