Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss -Judges 20.
So reads a chronicle of the Jewish wars. Out of 26,000 men, we are told specifically that these men of Benjamin were skillful in warfare, and they were marksmen of the highest caliber; they were sober minded, their aim was certain, they knew their mission, and the results were sure.
Every word of God has significance, and imparts learning if we are alert, but I am impressed at the ‘unnatural’ order of things, as long ago, parochial schools would frown on any lad who tried to exhibit lefthanded tendencies. But 700?
Once more we see God’s ways are not man’s ways, and He chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. These men were trained in the art of stone throwing, they were slingers, but mind you, it was not arbitrary, and they did not run unsent. These were not your run of the mill terrorists.
They were adept at avoiding collateral damage, as opposed to what we see today in the contested land of Israel, whereby rock baiting is a daily amusement with awful results.
Rocks are hurled by Israel’s foes from bridges, and the innocent are maimed. They aim at a soldier and a baby is hit. They toss to kill, yet are met with gracious restraint by the alleged enemy. What days we live in.
As the slingmen were gifted naturally, the 144,000 Jewish evangelists will be gifted spiritually, and their aim: simply to be heralders of the everlasting gospel. They will run sent by God, they will have been trained and prepared by humility, they know their mission, they will have many enemies, they will have a field provided (the world) and they will trumpet the gospel in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. They will be marksmen of the highest caliber.
Truly God’s word is good, and serves us well. Benjamin means ‘son of my right hand,’ so it is rather interesting that the lefties imply nearness and dearness. Paul the apostle was a Benjamite, and his record reveals the utmost sobriety of mind as well.
As a sidebar, I believe David who brought down Goliath of Gath, was lefthanded, but certainly not a matter of contention.