At home in heaven, Othniel had hardly been gone when
The people of promise had perverted their way
Sinning in the Lord’s sight & serving other gods. The
Lord’s choler was kindled & his countenance was
Changed toward the children of his chosen Israel
Amalek and Ammon, led by Eglon the Moabite
Invaded Israel and instituted a tyrannical rule.
For 18 years, they yearned for yesterday’s freedom
And lamented their loss of liberty to no avail.
Finally, they faced the fact that forgetting the Lord
Had caused their calamity. They cried out to the Lord
To forgive their failure & free them from their foes.
The gracious God heard their groanings & granted
The people a pardon by providing a deliverer
To lead them to liberty. The Lord raised up Ehud
To break their bonds and battle the Moabites.
The 12 tribes at that time were under tribute to Eglon
& were forced to give gifts to the greedy warlord
Ehud carried that cargo to the king of Moab
But he had hidden a weapon, a handmade dagger which he
Had run in under his raiment on his right thigh.
So as Eglon sat in his summer parlor
Ehud, Israel’s emissary entered his presence &
Presented the portly prince with the present they sent.
Then Ehud said, “Sir I have a secret errand to thee.”
The king told the courier to keep silence until he had
Told all of his attendants To take leave of him
When Ehud and Eglon were alone in the chamber
Ehud came close to him and quietly said to the
Morbidly obese Moabite “I have a message from God.”
Then he lifted his left hand and lunged with his dagger
Blunting the blade into the belly of Eglon
Where His fat folded over and fastened the dagger.
As Eglon gave up the ghost & groaned his last, Ehud with
All his strength struggled to extricate his dagger
From the flesh of the fallen warlord
Pull and pry as he may the weapon was
Held fast by its haft in his huge stomach.
Unable to draw the dagger he darted for the windows
And winged his way off to the wilderness of Seirath
But before he broke loose he bolted the doors
Of the prince’s parlor to prevent the entry
Of soldier or sentry till he was safe in Seirath
There he rallied resistance to rout the Moabites
And end the enslavement of every Israelite
Eglon’s servants, surprised to see that their master
Lingered so long in the locked parlour
Waited in the wings wondering what to do.
They knocked & knocked but none answered.
It would be embarrassing to barge in on Eglon, but
Too much time had gone by to tarry any longer.
They called for a key, came into the parlour &
were dumbfounded to find the fallen Eglon
Lying down dead upon the deck of his chamber.
- Steven L Anderson, 2011