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Shamgar, OxGoad and Weird Things You Need to Know

There was once a farmer mentioned in the Bible named Shamgar (not really a name you want your kids to have). He was an ordinary farmer who killed six hindred Philistines (Israel’s enemy) single handedly with an oxgoad.. Just when you thought Lito Lapid and Bruce Willis and Sly Stallone were good, Shamgar showed them how its done.

Judges 3:31 After him was Shamgar the son of Anath, who killed 600 of the Philistines with an oxgoad, and he also saved Israel.

Oxgoad? What in the world is an oxgoad? An oxgoad is a seven foot long wooden pole with a sharp steel point on the end. It was not an instrument of war but Shamgar killed 600 people with it. Again the odds here are almost close to impossible but why did Shamgar succeed in doing the impossible.



First, Shamgar used what was in his hand. He did not wait to get another weapon, he used what seemed like a harmless thing as a weapon to kill the enemies. Question – what is in your hand?


Second, he took initiative that something must be done. If nobody is going to protect me, my family and field – I will do whatever it takes to protect it because God has called me as a man to protect what was given to me even if it means using his oxgoad.

What’s your oxgoad? What has God given you so that you can achieve your God-given calling. For some it might not be a lot – thus the more reason to use what is in your hand. I don’t know if you have confidence in your oxgoad but whether you find it silly or not to use the oxgoad that God has given you, be rest assured that the strength does not come from the oxgoad but from God who has given you the ability to fight.