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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Unfamiliar Judges: Shamgar

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.
Judges 3:31

This is probably the shortest passage of any of the Judges, but the one thing that I was curious about is this: What is an ox goad?
Upon research, I found that an ox goad, also called a goad or and oxgoad, was used to to spur cattle on while pulling plows (They were stabbed with a sharp stick to keep them moving.) And were also whenever you wanted the animal to move.  The back often had a shovel-like instrument used to clean the plow. Since the goad was only meant to annoy the ox, not actually injure it, it probably would not have been all that sharp. It was not really supposed to be dangerous. It'd be pretty hard to kill 600 Philistines with a slightly sharpened stick. Which means that Shamgar must have been pretty strong...or God gave him strength. And Shamgar was most likely a farmer because he probably already had a goad in his possession.Which is another example of how God can use ANYONE. Even the son of Anath can strike down 600 Philistines if he has faith in God. ANYONE.

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