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Judges 3:10-11


Dear Brother Ron

I need help figuring out what this bible verse means (Judges 3:10-11)--

"The spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he judged Israel. When he went out to war, the Lord delivered Cushan-risha-thaim, king of Aram, into his power, so that he made him subject. The land then was at rest for forty years, until Othniel, son of Kenaz, died."

I thought Cushan-risha-thaim was a bad king, so what's this whole thing about being subject about? I'm not very good with uncovering Bible verses, and I need help. Thanks!

Kelley

Dear Kelley

You are right. Chushan-rishathaim was the king of Mesopotamia who oppressed Israel in the generation immediately following Joshua.  He was not a nice guy.  So when the children of Israel cried out for a deliverer, God inspired Othniel to raise up an army against  Chushan-rishathaim and defeat him.

Before going into battle, Othniel assumed the role of judge, reproved the Hebrews for their sins, reformed them from their idolatry and restore among them the pure worship of God. Once this was done, Othniel formed his army and defeated Chushan-rishathaim. Israel then enjoyed forty years of peace until the death of Othniel.

Hope this helps.

Best always
Brother Ron