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March 29, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: 1 Samuel 9-12
Audio: 1 Samuel 9-12

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Judges 10 (ESV)

After Abimelech there arose to save Israel Tola the son of Puah, son of Dodo, a man of Issachar, and he lived at Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim. And he judged Israel twenty-three years. Then he died and was buried at Shamir.

After him arose Jair the Gileadite, who judged Israel twenty-two years. And he had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkeys, and they had thirty cities, called Havvoth-jair to this day, which are in the land of Gilead. And Jair died and was buried in Kamon.

The people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth, the gods of Syria, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites, and the gods of the Philistines. And they forsook the Lord and did not serve him. So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of the Philistines and into the hand of the Ammonites, and they crushed and oppressed the people of Israel that year. For eighteen years they oppressed all the people of Israel who were beyond the Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead. And the Ammonites crossed the Jordan to fight also against Judah and against Benjamin and against the house of Ephraim, so that Israel was severely distressed.

10 And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, saying, “We have sinned against you, because we have forsaken our God and have served the Baals.” 11 And the Lord said to the people of Israel, “Did I not save you from the Egyptians and from the Amorites, from the Ammonites and from the Philistines? 12 The Sidonians also, and the Amalekites and the Maonites oppressed you, and you cried out to me, and I saved you out of their hand. 13 Yet you have forsaken me and served other gods; therefore I will save you no more. 14 Go and cry out to the gods whom you have chosen; let them save you in the time of your distress.” 15 And the people of Israel said to the Lord, “We have sinned; do to us whatever seems good to you. Only please deliver us this day.” 16 So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord, and he became impatient over the misery of Israel.

17 Then the Ammonites were called to arms, and they encamped in Gilead. And the people of Israel came together, and they encamped at Mizpah. 18 And the people, the leaders of Gilead, said one to another, “Who is the man who will begin to fight against the Ammonites? He shall be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.”

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  1. After

    Yesterday was the first day since we started our Daily Bible Reading that I did not read and write from a chapter of the Bible since we started on September 25, 2017. Not only was I distracted with producing video tutorials in the morning before Michelle's chemo treatment, I had to redo them when I got home because some of the files were corrupted. 

    It's interesting that I found time to eat yesterday and yet, I didn't feast on the Word of God. I'm sure if I went all day without food I would have remembered to eat by last night. I must have been oblivious of my spiritual hunger pains as I went to bed without being reminded to get into the Word.

    In the past when I've "had to" work in the morning, I've been reminded during the day to open God's Word and share something from my reading. Not yesterday. Even though I set a notification for noon to read the Bible, I deleted it as Michelle was getting treatment at that time. It wasn't until 3am when I realized I hadn't been in the Word so I got up, read today's chapter and I'm commenting nearly 4 hours into today. 

    I need to get back to starting the day in God's Word then exercising before the day gets away from me and both important parts of my life are neglected!

    What struck me right away is how Judges 10 begins:

    "After Abimelech there arose to save Israel Tola the son of Puah, son of Dodo, a man of Issachar, and he lived at Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim. 2 And he judged Israel twenty-three years. Then he died and was buried at Shamir" (Judges 10:1-2).

    Then we read who came after Abimelech in Judges 10:3-5 . . .

    "After him arose Jair the Gileadite, who judged Israel twenty-two years. 4 And he had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkeys, and they had thirty cities, called Havvoth-jair to this day, which are in the land of Gilead. 5 And Jair died and was buried in Kamon."

    These five verses cover forty-five years. While there is more written about Abimelech's time on earth, Jair judged Israel for nearly as long as Abimelech yet we know nothing of his time as judge. 

    Throughout Scripture we read of leaders leading, dying, then someone coming after to lead. Just as Joshua came after Moses, there will be people coming after every leader until the Lord returns. Until that time comes, leaders must lead until someone comes after.

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