Judges chapter 10, Tola judges Israel in Shamir. Jair, whose thirty sons had thirty cities. The Philistines and Ammonites oppress Israel. In their misery God sends them to their false gods. Upon their repentance he pities them.
Judges chapter 11, The covenant between Jephthah and the Gileadites, that he should be their head. The treaty of peace between him and the Ammonites is in vain. Jephthah’s vow. His conquest of the Ammonites. He performs his vow on his daughter.
Judges chapter 12, The Ephraimites, quarrelling with Jephthah, and discerned by Shibboleth, are slain by the Gileadites. Jephthah dies. Ibzan, who had thirty sons, and thirty daughters; and Elon; and Abdon, who had forty sons, and thirty nephews, judge Israel.
Insights and Prayers
- Lord, thank You for recognising real repentance in the past.
- It means You will recognise my repentance when I cry to You. Amen.
- Lord, You include these difficult passages in Scripture because they reflect the difficult decisions Your servants had to make.
- You’re not as concerned with our physical birth as You are with our spiritual birth.
- Thank You that I’ve been born again.
- Lord, You’re not as concerned about our past just as You were not concerned about Jephthah’s past.
- You are concerned about our future so I dedicate my future to You.
- Lord, You make me what I am today; I will use all I have for Your glory. Amen.
- Lord, You used weak and unlikely people in the past. Do it again, use me.
- Lord, it’s so easy for believers to get bitter with one another, and then to argue and fight.
- Help me be understanding of others.
- Teach me that arguing and fighting may lead to bloodshed.
- May I be a person of peace. Amen.
- Bible Summary – Adapted from The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge by R. A. Torrey
- Insights and Prayers – Adapted from The Prayer Bible