Judg. 10:3 ¶ After him came Jair the Gileadite, who judged Israel twenty-two years.
Judg. 10:4 He had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkeys; and they had thirty towns, which are in the land of Gilead, and are called Havvoth-jair to this day.
Judg. 10:5 Jair died, and was buried in Kamon.
Over thirty years ago now my father preached a sermon on this very text. The sermon was titled, "Thirty Sons, Thirty Donkeys, Thirty Towns: Is this any way to run a church?" It's one of those messages that has always stuck with me. The premise is that Jair becomes the judge of Israel. He is in charge and gets to be in charge for twenty-two years. He uses his son to help rule the country. He has thirty sons -- so he provides each one of them with one donkey. He also sets each one of them to rule over one town. They each go to their own location and for twenty-two years they simply take care of things. Jair dies and this is how he is remembered. Thirty sons,…