Othniel A Judge of Israel

Othniel: God’s Lion

Othniel was referred to as God’s Lion. According to the ancient scriptures, his name was derived from the words “lion” of “God”. Othniel was a person who proved to live up to his given name. He lived during a time when the people of Israel were turning their backs on the Lord by serving Baalim and worshiping in the groves, after the death of Joshua. During that time, the people of Israel lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. He is found on the Amazing Bible Timeline with World History near Joshua’s reign.

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The people of Israel took the daughters of the non-believers to become their wives; they even gave their own daughters to the sons of these strangers to God and served other gods. The Lord felt burning anger with the people of Israel and sold them to the King of Mesopotamia named Chushanrishathaim. The people served Chushanrishathaim for eight years until they cried out to the Lord for help to save them from oppression. The Lord sent them a savior, Othniel, the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s brother.

Othniel: Israel’s God-given Deliverer

In the Biblical timeline, when the period came that the people of Israel turned back to God for help against the oppressive regime of the King, Othniel, the son of Kenaz, was sent by God to be their deliverer. Othniel accepted the challenge of being the savior wholeheartedly even if it came with risks. He made war to defeat the regime of Chushanrishathaim, the King of Mesopotamia. The battle began and in the end, Othniel equipped with his bravery and faith in God, defeated the king.

Othniel: The first Judge

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. Israel was at peace during the forty years of Othniel’s reign until his death.

Othniel: His Lineage

Othniel was the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. Kenaz had two children named Seraiah and Othniel. Later in his life, Othniel married Acsah, Caleb’s daughter. Their marriage resulted in two sons named Hathath and Meonothai.

Othniel, A Judge in the Bible

Joshua 15:17-18, Judges 1:13. Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s brother, married Acsah, Caleb’s daughter as the price for capturing Kiriath Sepher.

Judges 3:9. The Lord sent Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother to save the people of Israel.

Judges 3:10. Othniel became Israel’s judge and defeated Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram through the Lord’s.

Judges 3:11. Israel had peace for forty years until Othniel son of Kenaz died.

1 Chronicles 4:13. The sons of Kenaz: Othniel and Seraiah. The sons of Othniel: Hathath and Meonothai.

1 Chronicles 27:15. Heldai the Netophathite, from the family of Othniel, was the twelfth commander who headed 24,000 men in service of the king of Israel.

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      1. This is awesome,it helps me to understand more
        I will name my future son othniel which means lion of God

  5. I named my son Othniel because his coming to the world is very timely..

    *He has sojourned war in the womb..
    *Came between midnight and early
    hour of dawn
    *He is a warrior, hour and lion of God, might, strength and power of God..
    Mine won’t be different because I know he will fulfilled the implications of his name.

    Welcome Othniel.

  6. Helped Me To Know More Than Just The Meaning Of The Name

  7. There is no timeline for his life.

    1. Yes; it is all there in many “Bibles”. Understand, you must take the time to follow other books; that does require a study of chronicles; and an exhaustive look at the tribes of Israel. They went here, they went there, they went up, they went down; but it is all there. If you were a child; you would not have a clouded mind; but an intriguing puzzle to put togather.

  8. This article answered my question perfectly. Thank you.

  9. Expands my knowledge beyond the meaning, very helpful.

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  11. I got to understand deeply the meaning of the name. Glad i named my son Niel

  12. Thank you so much for this wonderful explanation. It helps me a lot

  13. No regrets for naming my son Othniel …indeed God is his strength.i call him OT for short.

  14. Thank you so much for providing such insight!

  15. Expecting my son soon and all I was looking for Othniel fits perfectly ooh God help me to hold my Othniel and may he accomplish your work here on earth .

  16. There is something about a name. The name “Othniel” comes with a lot of responsibilities and God always gives us extra strength to serve HIS purpose.

  17. Nice name l will give it to my son. Lion of God

  18. hi love this!:)

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