When Joshua was alive he often reminded the Israelites to follow God's laws and taught them to do the right things. After he passed away, people still did what Joshua had told them. Among those people who lived with Joshua, some got old and some passed away. Still, some remembered God's teaching and his grace. After Joshua passed away, the Israelites lost their leader for the first time and they started to do things as they pleased. The younger generation grew up. They had not experienced the hardship of leaving Egypt or experienced any of the wars in Canaan. They did not know about God's help and love. They started to marry Canaanite people and serve their god, Baals. Baals religion was very cruel. Even children or infants could be the burned sacrifice. The people of Canaan hoped by doing this, they would please Baals and give them prosperity. The Canaanites defeated the Israelites and became stronger. They forced the Israelites to pay high taxes. The Israelites were in trouble. They remembered their God and prayed for his help. Did God still love them and will he listen to their prayers? What will God do? Who are the "Judges". Who was Ehud? Did Ehud save the Israelites from Moab? What was Ehud's secret message to Eglon? Who won the war? Did the Israelites get freedom? To find out all the answers, please read the full story: The story of Ehud.