16 March 2019
In reading about the Judges, we are excited to meet up with the greats again – Samson, Gideon and Jephthah. But what struck me were the other lesser known judges whose record is not so dramatic nor awesome. People like Jair of whom it is said:
‘Abimelek was followed by Jair of Gilead, who led Israel twenty-two years. He had thirty sons, who rode thirty donkeys. They controlled thirty towns in Gilead, which to this day are called Havvoth Jair. When Jair died, he was buried in Kamon.’
It’s a lovely picture. Everything packaged in neat piles of thirty – thirty sons, thirty donkeys and thirty towns. Was he a perfect administrator? He certainly managed his remit in a very satisfactory and unobtrusive way.
It was surely a wonderful achievement to ensure twenty-two years of peace and clearly no bloodshed worthy of the record. Some people are feted for their work. Others ensure they aren’t forgotten because of the drama they create.
But isn’t there something to be said for the one who gets on with his work and does a good job without attracting any drama nor becoming a sensation, living peacefully and faithfully and ensuring that peace and faith are the blessings which befall everyone under their authority?