Judges 3:12-16 (NLT)
Once again the Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight, and the Lord gave King Eglon of Moab control over Israel because of their evil. Eglon enlisted the Ammonites and Amalekites as allies, and then he went out and defeated Israel, taking possession of Jericho, the city of palms. And the Israelites served Eglon of Moab for eighteen years.
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. The Israelites sent Ehud to deliver their tribute money to King Eglon of Moab. So Ehud made a double-edged dagger that was about a foot long, and he strapped it to his right thigh, keeping it hidden under his clothing.
Benjamin–son of my right hand
Gera–pilgrimage, combat, dispute
Our Father in heaven,
We thank You that “son of my right hand” gave rise to “pilgrimage and combat,” which gave rise to “united.” We thank You that “united” used a doubled-edged dagger to free his people from the bondage of the Ammonites, Amalekites, and Moabites.
There is much bondage in the Mississippi Delta today. We do not fully discern how the spirits of Ammon, Amalek, and Moab are involved. However, just as Ehud said, “I have a message from God for you,” and shoved his double-edged dagger into the belly of the king of Moab, we declare, “We have a message from God for you, for the word of God is alive and powerful, sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword. We declare the word of God over the spirits of Ammon, Amalek, and Moab operating within the Mississippi Delta. The Lord is giving us victory over our enemies!” Amen.