We’re reading Judges 11:29-40, Judges 12, Judges 13, Judges 14, and Judges 15 today. Let’s get it done! Here’s what I am thinking about this morning:
Jepthath’s story is so sad – he made a rash vow:
“Jephthah made a vow before God: “If you give me a clear victory over the Ammonites, then I’ll give to God whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in one piece from among the Ammonites—I’ll offer it up in a sacrificial burnt offering.” (Judges 11:30-31 MSG)
Beyond unfortunately, this cost him his only child.
“Jephthah came home to Mizpah. His daughter ran from the house to welcome him home—dancing to tambourines! She was his only child. He had no son or daughter except her. When he realized who it was, he ripped his clothes, saying, “Ah, dearest daughter—I’m dirt. I’m despicable. My heart is torn to shreds. I made a vow to God and I can’t take it back!” She said, “Dear father, if you made a vow to God, do to me what you vowed; God did his part and saved you from your Ammonite enemies.” (Judges 11:34-36 MSG)
His daughter had to be grown, to understand what would have to happen.
Sometimes I wish the Bible gave us more emotion, but I know that God knows best. Words are important.