Insights on Today's Reading
Judges 10 - From Abimelech's death in chapter 9 there appears to be a number of years of peace through the time of Tola and Jair as judges as mentioned in the first five verses of this chapter. If you were to "read between the lines" you might wonder just how grateful the Israelites were when there wasn't an enemy to face. By verse 6 the usual happens - the people go back to their idolatry. This time, however, God spoke to them and when they cried out for His help He told them to pray to their new "gods" and let them help them. Obviously the people realized these false gods couldn't give them any real help. So, they wondered who should help them.
Judges 11 - The help they needed was found in another man, Jephthah, who also was the son of a prostitute. He was a capable man to handle tough situations and God allowed him to be the next judge. He appeared to take his role with a good spirit and he showed his awareness of Israel's history as he responded to the enemy king's complaint. But one thing about Jephthah will always be remembered - his oath to sacrifice as a burnt offering whatever came out of his house after God would give him the victory over his enemies. The text shows us it would be his only daughter who came out to celebrate his victory. Though others might disagree, I believe Jephthah carried out his promise as hard as that must have been!
Judges 12 - You can't help but feel sorry for Jephthah when the people of Ephraim got angry with him for not calling them to the battle. He not only had to fight an enemy, but he would also have to bury his daughter. Yet, he would stand his ground and ultimately defeat Ephraim's attack. Three other judges are mentioned, Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon. Again, nothing outstanding is mentioned about these men. They simply did what God wanted them to do.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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