1. Exposition

What would have been so surprising to the first readers in this introduction of Ehud?

Judges 3:15 (ESV)

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.

Ehud’s left-handedness would have surprised the readers. In the Bible, right hand is used positively: God swears by his right hand, there are pleasures at his right hand, and his chosen One sits at his right hand (Isaiah 62:8–9; Psalm 16:11; Psalm 110:1). The right hand was a symbol of power. But Ehud was literally unable to use his right hand. He is a surprising choice, especially after Othniel, the model judge. Yet Ehud is God’s choice.1