1. Exposition

How genuine is Ehud's declaration about the LORD?

Judges 3:28 (ESV)

28 And he said to them, “Follow after me, for the LORD has given your enemies the Moabites into your hand.” So they went down after him and seized the fords of the Jordan against the Moabites and did not allow anyone to pass over.

For the first time in the narrative, Ehud expresses a theological perspective on his activities. Heretofore his assassination of Eglon has been portrayed as a typical ancient Near Eastern coup—the result of a carefully designed and meticulously executed human scheme, like a leaf from a Canaanite textbook. How genuine his declaration was we may only speculate. The role of the cult images at Gilgal in this story raises questions about the singularity of his spiritual devotion.1