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LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM THE JUDGES OF ISRAEL

March 23, 2015

TOLA

 

Monday

 

Judges 10:1-2

 

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.

 

 

LESSON

 

Tola (meaning “worm” in Hebrew) “arose to save Israel” from the tribe of Issachar sometime after Abimelech died. One of the patriarch Issachar’s sons was also named Tola. The writer did not record how the judge Tola rose to power or exactly when. Specifically, no mention of Yahweh raising him up appears, as was true also of Abimelech. Nevertheless this brief notation of his contribution to Israel’s national life pictures him as a worthy individual who enjoyed an orderly and stable tenure. He judged Israel 23 years.

After Abimelech God raises up a Tola, and He brings salvation, a future and a hope. After walking through the valley of the shadow of death we find a table prepared before us; we find that He anoints our head with oil and that our cup runs over. GOD in his deliverance story is committed to building character in us, even at the price of pain.

 

Memory Verse: Psalm 3:3

 

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