God rewarded the wickedness of Abimelech that he committed against his father by killing his seventy brothers. Israel went back to sinning against the LORD, and the LORD sent them the son of Puah, Tola by name.
He was from the tribe of Issachar and lived in Shamir, a town in the hill country of Ephraim. He judged Israel for twenty-three years. After him, the next judge was a man named Jair. He lived in Gilead and lead Israel for twenty-two years.
He fathered thirty sons, and each one of them had their own mule; a prestigious family. The children of Israel fell off again, as they disobeyed the LORD, serving Baalim, Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, Zidon, Moab, Ammon, and the Philistines.
the Wickedness of Abimelech
Once again, the Lord was very hot in anger against them and allowed them to be sold into the hands of the Philistines and Ammonites. They vexed and oppressed the children of Israel for eighteen grueling years.
Life was miserable for the Israelites; it was so bad they begged the LORD for help and they confessed their rebellion before Him. They also stopped their worship of Baalim. However, the LORD was tired of their on again off again relationship and chose not to listen to them.
Picture the LORD reading the daily newspaper with his eyebrows up, ignoring their pleas. In fact, the LORD told them to go petition the other gods they loved and have those gods deliver them. However, with much pleading, they were able to get the LORD to relieve the pressure. To be continued…
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