Judges 10

Today's Passage: Judges 10

God has raised up judges to lead the people back to the Lord. Many of the judges, however, also did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord. The first judge we read about today, Tola, is somewhat of a mystery. The only things we know is that he judged Israel for 23 years and that he was buried in Shamir.

The next judge we see is Jair. He seems to have lived like he was a king, even though he was not. He had many sons with many forms of transportation and a lot of land. It is not clear how faithful he was in truly leading the people to follow the Lord.

When we get to verse 6, we see the phrase once again that, “The people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD.” Not only were they selfish, but they openly defamed the Lord by worshiping many pagan gods.

They completely abandoned the Lord and the anger of the Lord was kindled against them. The people cried out to every god they could find and forgot the one who actually saved them. Because of this, God did not send another judge to the people at this time.

God let the Israelites cry out to false gods, not because He thought they had any real power, but because He knew that they would not find what they were looking for in them.

Worshiping these false gods only led the Israelites deeper into brokenness. We can often see the same patterns in our own lives. We will pursue things that we know are counter to God in the hopes that they will fulfill us, and like the Israelites, when we come to the end of ourselves we see the truth.

The Israelites saw that only the Lord could save them from their sins, and not only can He but He will. Verse 16 says that “he became impatient over the misery of Israel.” God’s desire was to draw them back to himself, and when they were willing he was ready to save them.

Written By: Paulette Black

1 Comment

Nora Cardona - May 22nd, 2024 at 6:09am

This is a great reason to be persistent in praying for the lost. When they come to the end of themselves and trying to find what satisfies, they will end up only being able to look to Jesus.

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