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8 After him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel. 9 He had thirty sons, and thirty daughters he gave in marriage outside his clan, and thirty daughters he brought in from outside for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years. 10 Then Ibzan died and was buried at Bethlehem. 11 After him Elon the Zebulunite judged Israel, and he judged Israel ten years. 12 Then Elon the Zebulunite died and was buried at Aijalon in the land of Zebulun. 13 After him Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite judged Israel. 14 He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys, and he judged Israel eight years. 15 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 12:8-15 ESV
I. The Making of Major and Minor
A. Major and minor are a matter of perspective.
B. Major and minor usually are a matter of pandemonium or peace while in power.
C. Being major or minor is a matter of being memorable, which is not always a positive thing.
II. The Compliment of Conciseness
A. Faults & flaws take a lot of words to explain. Faithfulness does not.
B. The greatest compliment the world & Word of God can give us is to sum up our lives simply and succinctly.
III. The Value of Faithfulness Versus Fame
A. Faithfulness may not make you famous, but it is the greatest compliment Jesus can give to us. (Matthew 25:21)
B. Faithfulness is rewarded & never forgotten by Jesus. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
IV. Next Step
A. Being minor doesn’t mean you don’t matter.
B. Make your goal not to be famous or filthy rich, but to be faithful and then be forgotten.