I've become part of a Tuesday afternoon Bible study Eileen's been a part of for at least the last year; it was a woman's study but they opened it up to guys earlier this month.
We've been using a Tim Keller study book on Judges; thankfully, no one went knee-jerk Arminian (we're at a Free Methodist church) and vetoed the Reformed megastar's name on the study.
This week, we were looking at a story I don't recall seeing before, Ehud in chapter 3. Ehud was a left-hander, but you'd have to know Hebrew to know that he had a crippled right hand, since most translations just say that he was left handed.
He seemed to use that one-armed bandit status to good measure, as he was able to hide a blade on his off thigh and run the rival king through-
20 Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his palace and said, “I have a message from God for you.” As the king rose from his seat, 21 Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king’s belly. 22 Even the handle sank in after the blade, and his bowels discharged. Ehud did not pull the sword out, and the fat closed in over it.
"Yo king so fat, I slid a sword into his belly and all you can see is the crap that came out." I want to teach that one at VBS next year, but I don't expect it to be in the curriculum.
A sneaky and violent hero who created 80 years of peace for Israel. That idea gives me almost as much indigestion as the poor king in the piece.