Shibboleth

today's reading.
Judges 12    The men of Ephraim were called to arms, and they crossed to Zaphon and said to Jephthah, "Why did you cross over to fight against the Ammonites and did not call us to go with you? We will burn your house over you with fire"...

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Jephthah's woes continue as we get to Judges 11. After a victory over the Ammonites, the men of Ephraim gather and confront Jephthah. They're basically mad because Jephthah defeated the Ammonites without them. No resolution is reached, and Jephthah and his men end up fighting with the men of Ephraim. The whole situation is sad, and the fighting is foolish because it's a fight between relatives. Emotions are high on both sides, and the situation ends in complete tragedy with Jephthah and his men slaughtering 42,000 men. 

So what does this sad final chapter of Jephthah's time of judging show you about dealing with conflict, and especially conflict within the family? What about taking action in the heat of the moment when consulting God isn't part of the mix? Tami W.

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