Let’s face it, folks, left-handed people bear a burden, although I think it’s gotten better over the decades. According to that impeccable repository of information, (i.e., Wikipedia), approximately 10-percent of our society worldwide are southpaws. Machines ranging from scissors to power saws were generally produced with right-handed people in mind, and in the past, even in education if a child showed a preference to his left hand, he would be “encouraged” to use his right instead.
There are other less socially acceptable examples, (for a blog post, anyway), so leave it to say my father is a southpaw, I’m married to one, and I gave birth to one as well. Bob finally got rid of his left-hand golf clubs. Not an everyday find, I imagine. Apparently, even today in the middle/far East, the bias can still run quite strong as evidenced by this comment from a young man dated 2014:
“When I use my left hand for any rituals my parents often get [sic] angry at me and I always argue with them…”
So I find it interesting that God would allow this detail in the story of Ehud, one of the early judges and deliverers of Israel not long after their cherished leader, Joshua, had died.
“But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help, the Lord again raised up a rescuer to save them. His name was Ehud son of Gera, a left-handed man of the tribe of Benjamin.”
I can only imagine, in that early culture, what discrimination this poor guy had possibly gone though. And I’m not just talking mere inconveniences.
However, it was Ehud, the southpaw, one of the special ten-percenters, one of the persecuted, bullied, looked-down-on, possibly even disenfranchised—i.e., the kind of folk God tends to specialize in—that God chose to rescue His people. Using the very quality that caused the social problem in the first place.
Going to the enemy king in the guise of delivering the required tribute money…
“Ehud walked over to Eglon, who was sitting alone in a cool upstairs room. And Ehud said, ‘I have a message from God for you!’ As King Eglon rose from his seat, Ehud reached with his left hand, pulled out the dagger strapped to his right thigh, and…”
Doubtless, the king wasn’t too suspecting when Ehud reached into his cloak with his left hand, rather than his right.
Surprise! (BTW, Ehud’s escape route showed either dedication or desperation.)
Anyone who calls the Bible fluff and stuff is not reading the same book I am. Not that God is calling us to be assassins; far from it. The Cross has has given us a whole new calling on life, all that.
My point is this: God has a way of using the most painful things in my life to His highest purpose, for the deliverance of His people and the advancing of His kingdom. Joseph (of the many-colored coat fame) put it this way—
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”
Fast forward to today. Here’s a HILARIOUS but real look at how God uses it all.
In surprising ways.
Judges 3:15,20,21; Genesis 50:20 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.