The Minor Judges

And after Abimelech there arose to defend Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim. And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and was buried in Shamir. And after him arose Jair, a Gileadite, and judged Israel twenty and two years.
Judges 10:1‭-‬3 KJV

It was Albrecht Alt that started the concept of major and minor judges. The following six are designated minor Judges: Shamgar, Tola, Jair, Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon—who appear only in brief notices. James Oord explains why they are so called. ” They are called minor judges because the author spent so little time describing their exploits or their administrations. They are each given only one or two verses with the bare minimum of information. It is as if the author just wants you to know that they existed and then moves on to the more interesting or important stuff.” It pleases God to use the known and the unknown in accomplishing divine tasks. The issue is doing your best in the area of your calling. Even in the church, some services may not be noticed at all. The blessings are still received even if no one tells you. Jair had children whose accomplishments were in the public image of riding similar Ass Colts in thirty cities. The work demands more attention than fashion. No wonder their names are nor mentioned. People are watching your contributions. While heaven will reward you, on earth, may your name be beyond a few verses. Whatever you do, leave a legacy.

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