Let’s see. Thus far in Judges God punishes the Israelites, hardens the hearts of others to oppress the Israelites, then helps the Israelites rise up to defeat the oppressors that God forced into oppressing the Israelites. Yeah, messed up. Time to dig into Judges 10.
“After the time of Abimelek, a man of Issachar named Tola son of Puah, the son of Dodo, rose to save Israel. He lived in Shamir, in the hill country of Ephraim. He led Israel twenty-three years; then he died, and was buried in Shamir.” – Judges 10:1-2
That’s all the Bible has to say regarding Tola.
“He (Jair) had thirty sons, who rode thirty donkeys. They controlled thirty towns in Gilead, which to this day are called Havvoth Jair.” Judges 10:4
Jair’s claim to fame is apparently the number 30.
“Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord.” – Judges 10:6
Of course they did. If they didn’t do evil, God wouldn’t have any way to push his horrible, human-killing agenda.
“He (God) sold them into the hands of the Philistines and the Ammonites, who that year shattered and crushed them.” – Judges 10:7-9
God sold the Israelites into the hands of others to be crushed. God did this. Not humans. God.
And that basically ends this chapter. The Israelites say they’re sorry and God helps them defeat the oppressors (the oppressors God forced into oppressing, mind you). This is one big broken record. It’s like telling a kid they can have ice cream if they’re good. The kid does bad and you say no ice cream. The kid cries and the parent says okay, you can have ice cream. The kid does bad and you say no ice cream. The kid cries and the parent says okay, you can have ice cream. Repeat over and over. JUST TAKE THE FUCKING ICE CREAM AWAY FOR GOOD!!!! Sheesh!
Coming Soon: Judges – Chapter 11: Jephthah