SOAP Journal – 03 August 2017 (Judges 12:13-15)

Now Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite judged Israel after him. He had forty sons and thirty grandsons who rode on seventy donkeys; and he judged Israel eight years. Then Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died and was buried at Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.

Judges 12:13-15

Next in the line-up of judges is Abdon. Abdon’s summary includes very little. He had quite a large family — forty sons and thirty grandsons  — and was buried at Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites after his death.

According to my concordance, Abdon’s name means “servile,” Hillel (his father) means “praising,” and Pirathon means “princely.” These names hint at things that pertain to Jesus. Jesus did come as a servant and His Father both praised Him (Jesus) and is to be praised Himself (the Father). And Jesus is called the Prince of Peace. All of this is, as has been true of several judges, association by implication. Our Judge is servile; He serves. Our Judge is to be praised. Our Judge is princely. All of this is by implication of the meaning of the names in verse 13.

The application feels a bit like a repeat to me, but it may just be that God wants to drive home the lesson. I see in this judge that it is possible that my life can only be associated with Jesus by implication. Some of the judges have obvious parallels with Christ while others require research and learning what the names mean and whatnot. My life can be similar. It is possible that people can look at my life and see nothing remarkable unless they really dig into it. Such is likely true of many believers.

Father, thank You that I do not have to be remarkable in the world’s eyes to be counted faithful and noteworthy by You. Please make me someone that You notice and give me eyes that see things as You do.

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