Text: Judges 11-12
Jephthah is a great man. He is wise of Israel’s history. He is an incredible leader. But his mistakes are costly mistakes.
Jephthah’s unwise obligations
- Judges 11:29-31 – He is on a spiritual high. He makes a rash vow to God.
- They win that victory over the Ammonites handily. And Jephthah returns home. (Judges 11:34) The gates to his house swing open and his daughter is the first to greet him. (Probably a great relationship between them. Dad and daughter; she obviously loved him very much.
- His daughter is noble. She reasons that if a victory for her people means she will have to die, then so be it. But that’s not true.
- People question whether Jephthah sacrificed his daughter.
- Verse 39 says he did according to his vow.
- Verse 40 says the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah. Why? Because she survived? No. Because she is dead.
- Unwise commitment to his career and accomplishment to the detriment of his child.
Jephthah’s ignorance of scripture
- Leviticus 5:4-6
Jephthah’s bittersweet victories
- Judges 12:7, Jephthah only judged Israel 6 years. Bittersweet. Other judges judged 20 years, 40 years, 80 years.
- He would’ve taken a defeat by the Ammonites to get his daughter back. His one and only child.