There are truly some bizarre stories in the Bible, especially the Old Testament, and this is definitely one of them. It’s completely bonkers unless you understand the symbology, numerology and allegory woven into the story.
Let’s get into it!
God is mad at his chosen people…again. And he is so enraged that he deems it worthy to place the Israelites under the rule of King Moab, who is described as being a “very fat man”. That description tells you that it’s not going to be a picnic for the Israelites.
Judges 3 12-31 KJV
12 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the Lord.
Eglon means “calf-guy” or “calf-place”, and we see that God puts him in place to rule over the Israelites to punish them for their disobedience. But poor Eglon doesn’t know what is about to transpire. He is unknowingly a puppet of the “Almighty” and is going to become a sacrificial calf or lamb for God’s own personal, ruthless and unhinged agenda. So his name is appropriate.
Moab means “who is your father” and fits in place well in this story. The Israelites soon find out who their “daddy” is. It’s YHWH, and he doesn’t play around.
Moab, the man, whom the town was named after, was actually a product of an incestuous relationship between Lot and one of his daughters, who is nameless in the Bible. After the destruction of Sodom, the daughters got Lot drunk, had sex with him and became pregnant. So who is your father? Your mom’s father is your father…..Ew!
And, before we go any further, we need to understand what being an Israelite means. This hidden meaning of the word has nothing to do with the country Israel that wasn’t formed until May of 1948. It’s actually Egyptian in nature.
Ra: The Sun God Ra/Masculine
El: The Bull God El, which is symbolic of the power of the divine or god within you.
You are an Israelite when you bring into balance the feminine and masculine aspects of your being, and then realize the power of the divine within yourself. That is what it means. An Israelite is an enlightened individual, a Buddha if you will. Once again, it’s referring to going within yourself. And how do we do that? Meditation.
13 And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees.
Ammon means “kinsman” and relates to an “inner secret”. Members of ancient mystery schools would definitely pick up on this reference and giggle like a bunch of little school girls because they knew that it was never meant to be interpreted literally.
Amalek is a very strange name indeed. It’s purported to mean “kinsman who wrings the head off of a bird”. It sounds like a pretty dark family to me. The meaning of his name certainly fits in with him assisting to “smote Israel”.
14 So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.
The Israelites were “serving” or “enslaved” to King Moab for eighteen years. Here is some revealing numerology. 1+8 = 9, which is consciousness, higher or lower; remember, there is a duality to everything in scripture. Lower here because we have the reference to “serving the king of Moab”, who was a “very fat man”.
15 But when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, the Lord raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.
Children are “thoughts”, and we see that they “cried unto the Lord”, meaning that the thoughts are being elevated to a realm of higher consciousness. The Israelites (the higher aspects of your being) are about to be free again to hold dominion.
Ehud means “joining together to become one”. The name Gera means “to drag away”. These names fit in well with what is trying to be accomplished here.
We also see that Ehud is “a man lefthanded”; the left is always associated with the material or physical, which is always the lower aspect of consciousness. It’s lower due to what he has to do next, which is to murder Eglon.
16 But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.
The dagger “had two edges”, meaning duality again. A higher purpose is taking place through carnal means. We also see that the length of the dagger is a “cubit”. If you’ve read any of my other articles, I reference the meaning of a cubit as being eighteen inches in length, which is universal among a consensus of scholars. 1+8 = 9, which is consciousness. The lower aspects of consciousness are about to be vanquished, and the higher aspects are about to hold dominion.
We know the higher aspects are about to reign because he fixed the dagger to his “right thigh”. Meaning the desire (thigh) of the right side/hand (your spiritual nature). We could also look at the dagger as being the tool used to accomplish the job of elevating you to the higher realms of consciousness. What tool do we possess that can assist us in severing the lower mind and elevating our consciousness? Meditation! The dagger IS meditation!
17 And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon was a very fat man.
Just by reading the description of Moab (very fat man) you can tell that he is associated with the lower aspects of consciousness.
18 And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people that bare the present.
19 But he himself turned again from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out from him.
Another clue hidden in plain sight is the words “keep silence”. It’s just another reference to meditation.
20 And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat.
21 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:
This is a carnal act to elevate the spirit. The left-hand takes the dagger from the right thigh and kills the lower aspects.
22 And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.
Eglon’s fat was so engulfing that the blade couldn’t be withdrawn. Meaning that the blade has accomplished what it needed to do and is now only associated with the lower nature, therefore it remains within the king.
We also see that “dirt came out”. Meaning Earth, which is the lowest realm of consciousness. Anytime you see “dirt” or “Earth” mentioned, it is referencing the lower realms of consciousness. The “dirt” reference here is just to let you know that the king is associated with the lower aspects of consciousness.
Remember, the Greeks believed in the following representations of consciousness when crafting these tales, from lowest to highest: Earth (as we’ve been discussing here), Water (symbolic baptism), Air (rapture), Fire (Jesus baptizes with fire) & the Renewed Mind or Quintessence (Higher Self/Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, etc.).
After this, the Israelites are free and engage in more war and murder with their jealous god and they all live happily ever after, blah, blah, blah. A guy kills 600 Philistines with an ox goad. You know, totally believable stuff.
It never happened, but it does happen to you.