Judges 10 Outline
– Tola (Judges 10:1-2)
– Jair (Judges 10:3-5)
– The Israelites became unfaithful to God (Judges 10:6-16)
– Invasion of the Ammonites (Judges 10:17-18)
Judges 10 Summary
After Abimelech died, God sent Tola, the son of Puah, the son of Dodo to rescue Israel. Tola was the judge of Israel for 23 years. After Tola died, he was buried in Shamir. Jair became the judge of Israel after Tola’s death. Jair had 30 sons. Each of Jair’s sons was in charge of a city. His sons used to rode on ass to govern the thirty cities. The thirty cities are called Havothjair. The people buried Jair in Camon after he died.
The Israelites disobeyed God and God sent the Ammonites to oppress them. The Ammonites oppressed the Israelites in Gilead for 18 years. The Ammonites also crossed the Jordan River and attacked other tribes including the Judah, Benjamin and Ephraim tribes. Finally, the people regretted and confessed their sins to God. They completely eliminated the idols of foreign gods and started to worship only the Lord. There came a time when God could no longer stand to see them suffer anymore. The Ammonite soldiers assembled together at Gilead and set up their camps. The Israelites set up camps at Mizpeh. At this time, the leaders announced that whoever that managed to lead an attack against the enemy soldiers will be made ruler of Gilead.
Judges 10 Bible Study
1. No unity among the Israelites
Judges 10 talks about the minor judges that ruled the Israelites before the existence of kings. The judges that rule Israel only control certain towns. For example, Jair’s thirty sons only controlled 30 cities in Israel. At that time, Israel was not yet unified into one country because there was no king to rule over them. The 12 Israelite tribes were living independent of each other. Each of the tribes had their own territory. Although the tribes will help each other in battle sometimes, there wasn’t any real unity among them.
2. Christians should help one another regardless of denominations
Christians today are very much like the Israelites during the days of the judges. Many Christians like to point finger at each other in various matters like worship styles, and tongue language. These things are not of so much importance because they do not affect our salvation. By having pride in our heart, we will not be able to live in unity with other Christians. We should try to cooperate with other Christians in various matters. In this way, we will be able to give glory to God and increase his kingdom. Many churches also tend to compete with each other for various reasons including money, number of congregation and etc. Churches should help each other regardless of what denomination they belonged to.
3. Not making other denominations our enemies
It is through the blood of Jesus that we are saved and reconciled with God. Jesus Christ is the body and his followers represent the different members of his body. Every Christian follower is equally important just as every member is essential in order for the body to function properly. We should not make enemies with Christians of other denominations unless they are really deviate from the truth. We should befriend Christians from different denominations such as Presbyterians, Baptist, Methodism and etc. False Christian denominations such as Jehovah’s Witness and Mormonism should be avoided. We must work together with other Christians so that we can successfully expand the kingdom of God.
4. Seeking God’s help first in all the problems we face
Besides, Judges 10 also talks about the rebellion of the Israelites. The Israelites forgot about God and seek help from other gods instead. When they couldn’t stand the oppression of the enemies, they decided to worship God only. There are many Christians, like the Israelites, who only turn back to God when there is no other way out. However, like our father, God loves us and is willing to accept us as soon as we confess and repent from our sins. We should give honor to God by calling on his name from the very beginning of our trouble, and not as a last resolution.