Heartbroken but Obedient
I have a hard time making sense of this portion of the account of Jephthah. While I like that Jephthah was victorious in battle, I'm sad about his vow and its deadly consequences. It perplexes me that Jephthah felt he needed to make a vow to God to win the battle, and that he wouldn't have thought through who might be coming out of his house upon his return home before making such a serious vow.
Even so, what strikes me every time I read this passage is Jephthah's obedience in carrying out his vow. He's clearly heartbroken and distressed about what this means for his daughter and for him since she is his only child. Yet, he doesn't even consider not following through on his promise to God.
What does Jephthah show us about the seriousness of making a vow to the Lord? What did God impress on your heart from this passage? Tami
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