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"After the time of Abimelech a man of Issachar, Tola son of Puah, the son of Dodo, rose to saveIsrael. He lived in Shamir, in the hill country of Ephraim. He led Israel twenty-three years; then he died, and was buried in Shamir. He was followed by Jair of Gilead, who led Israel twenty-two years. He had thirty sons, who rode thirty donkeys. They controlled thirty towns in Gilead, which to this day are called Havvoth Jair. When Jair died, he was buried in Kamon." Judges 10:1-5
Normally in Scripture, the Holy Spirit leads the writer to intoduce someone by their father. Son of _____. But I find it interesting Tola is introduced ultimately by his grandpa. Here's my speculation: In scripture peoples names give you a glimpse into their character. Tola means, grub, scarlet worm. Poor guy! But his dad's name, Puah means, splendid and his grandpa's name, Dodo means amatory, loving. So perhaps the Holy Spirit led the writer to include both his dad and grandpa to give some credibility to this guy. His name obviously wont give him any.
Anyway, there is really not a lot mentioned about Tola. He led Israel for 23 years and then died. Wow, that really puts life into perspective. We do what we do and then we die. Pretty much a reality check to make these short years we have on planet earth count.
And then we move on to Jair. Honestly I find it kinda sad that the only thing mentioned about this guy is his money. It's like you get the sense he was just a taker, living for his own pleasure of acquiring. I definitely don't want the only thing said about me to be about how much I acquired materially. I want no one in my life to doubt that I love Jesus and want all of me to be for all of Him. When I die I want others to talk about how much I desired my life to glorify God and wanted to help others do the same. I want them to say they grew to love Jesus more because of my life. I don't want them to talk about how I had a van and a computer, a cool house and kids who had light up shoes.
What about you? What do you want people to say about you when you die? Would they say it now if you died tonight?
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