Friday, April 17, 2015

O is for Othniel...


Othniel was the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.  Later in life Othniel married Caleb's daughter Ashcah.  Their marriage resulted in two sons.

Othniel was a Judge of Israel.  He delivered Israel from the tyranny of Cushan-rishathaim, and who earlier distinguished himself by capturing Debir.

Caleb offered his daughter Achsah to whoever could conquer Debir.  When Caleb gave her and her land as a present, Achsah asked for a water source and was given the upper springs and the lower springs.

At a later date Othniel delivered the Israelites from the oppressive Cushan-rishathaim, king of Mesopotamia.  The Israelites had served him for eight years on account of their sin.  When the people cried for relief, the Lord raised up Othniel.  When he delivered them, he was described as someone that the "Spirit of the Lord came upon".  

After the war Othniel became a hero in the eyes of the Israelites. Furthermore he succeeded in reforming them and restoring their fellowship with God.  He was selected as Israel's new leader.  He is likewise denoted as the first and best judge.  The effects of his work as judge lasted for a generation.  Israel was at peace during the forty years of Othniel's reign until his death.

Lessons we can learn from Othniel:
-We need to put our trust in the Lord and He will lead us and help us.
-The Lord will use you for good things if you are willing

'And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.'   Judges 3:11

until next time...nel

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