Wednesday, October 20
Lessons All Over
Judges 11 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior, but he was the son of a prostitute. Gilead was the father of Jephthah...
think about it.
What makes Jephthah's judgeship different from previous judges (11:1-11)? Jephthah had a good grasp of God's past work for Israel (11:15-27), but how was his understanding of God's character limited (11:30-31)? How does his daughter demonstrate her understanding of God (11:36-39)? Have you ever tried to bargain with God? What were the results?
Judges 11:1-40 captures the story of Jephthah, and what we see is pretty much heartbreaking from start to finish. But as I was sifting through and putting together all the details of this story, I was amazed at the number of lessons that were there right before me. So I grabbed a pen and started writing down those things that caught my attention and impacted me. In just a minute or so I came up with six. Here are my top three:
- Status is not important to God. He can and does use anyone He pleases.
- There's no place for bargaining or negotiating with God.
- Regardless of the circumstances, God expects obedience and submission to Him.
So what lessons did you find in Jephthah's story? How will you use or draw on these going forward? Tami W.
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