“Victory and Ox Goads” Ehud and Shamgar as types of Christ

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Ehud himself killed the Moabite King Eglon. Then Ehud’s men killed the enemy’s troops. Thus it is with Christ also. He has dealt with Satan, and we are called to deal with Satan’s legions.

Shamgar’s gets one verse and the credit for 600 dead Philistine, using an ox goad. His weapon was not a weapon at all, but an implement of work. The contrast between a work-oriented culture and a conquest-oriented culture runs throughout the Scripture.

Text: Judges 3:26-31

And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Seirath.

And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them.

And he said unto them, Follow after me: for the Lord hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they went down after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and suffered not a man to pass over.

And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man.

So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest fourscore years.

And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also delivered Israel.