Wednesday – History
Reading – Judges 10-11
“After Abimelech died, Tola son of Puah, son of Dodo, was the next person to rescue Israel. He was from the tribe of Issachar but lived in the town of Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim. He judged Israel for twenty-three years. When he died, he was buried in Shamir.”
Judges 10:1-2 NLT
My childish eyes stopped on the name Dodo. Despite his grandfather’s humorous name, there’s not much information about Tola’s time as judge of Israel.
I am tempted to think that he wasn’t that important.
I would be wrong.
He rescued Israel.
He judged (led) Israel for 23 years.
His role as rescuer and judge may not have much significance to us today, but he was very significant to those he rescued.
I’ve often said that David is my favorite Old Testament character, but maybe Tola should be. Apparently, he didn’t aim to leave a legacy as a hero acclaimed down through history.
But he rescued and he led.
I could use some of that humility.
Are you seeking to make a name for yourself or to rescue those in need?
What would you want your short paragraph in history to read?