Very few details are provided to us regarding the judge who succeeded him. "After him, Elon the Zebulunite led Israel ten years. Then Elon died and was buried in Aijalon in the land of Zebulun." (Judges 12:11-12) This is another judge about which we are told nothing good or bad. He may not have had any male children or any children at all since the author of Judges has been in the habit of informing us of the number of offspring of the judges.
The thing that comes across to me about our passage today is that, when I die, I hope people can say more about me than just when and where I was born, when and where I was buried, and what kind of worldly possessions I may have had during the years in between. I don't want anybody having to struggle to find good things to say over my coffin. I want people to be able to affirm, based on the way I lived my life, that I loved the Lord and that I loved other people. I want people to be able to tell stories about me standing firm under pressure because I trusted in the Lord to see me through. I haven't walked through every trial valiantly, not by a long shot, but today's text challenges me to do better. I've stood firm during some crises and I've allowed myself to be knocked to the ground during others. When I come to the end of my days I want people to be able to say my faith was strong more often than it was weak. If we take nothing else away from the verses we've studied today, I think we can take away a desire to live in such a way that people will have story after story to tell about our faith.