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Judges 11:1-12:15

In today’s reading in Judges, I couldn’t help notice how the treatment of Jephtah by his half-brothers, those that were his own, is similar to how Jesus was treated by His own in today’s Gospel reading,

He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (John 1:11 KJV)

It wasn’t until he was needed that his folks called on him and that is so like what I use to do when I was in the “world.” “God I didn’t want to be bothered with you, but now I’m in trouble and I need some help. God if you are up there and if you will get me out of this, I will serve you.” Yeah sure until the next pit I fall in or trouble I get into.

Each and every time God’s people fall into despair because of their choices and call out to Him in sincerity and truth, God’s mercy and grace shows up, by way of a deliverer. But because the one that was sent was not His Son, Jesus, a multitude of rescuers, prophets, teachers show up but none could fully deliver until Jesus came, in the fullness of time.

Each and every judge in the Book of Judges, is a type of Christ; however, unlike Christ they were sinful and subject to uncontrolled passions and thus needed to be delivered themselves, from themselves.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (John 1:1-11 KJV)

May we all recognize the True Light that Jesus brought into the world. May we not cover our eyes or hide from that Light. May we realize that His Light is the True Light and anything else is counterfeit.

The gospel of John has always had a way of pulling me into the heart of God through Jesus. There's no book/gospel/epistle in the Scriptures that makes me 'feel closer' to Jesus than the gospel of John.

Thanks too Mike for the gospel of John video segment. Inspiring.

I agree with the scholars who say the daughter wasn't actually killed. The fact that she mourns her virginity is interesting. If she knew she was about to be killed, it seems she would mourn her life, but if she knew she was to be "sacrificed" as a life-long servant in the house of the Lord, never to have a house of her own, it would make sense to mourn virginity.
We have the example of Hannah dedicating Samuel in the same way.
Also, exactly what did he think was going to come out of the house? A dog?
No, probably a servant, which wouldn't have been that big of a loss.
I can't imagine that God would have accepted anything that resembled the worship of the pagan nations as a fulfillment of worship to Him.
You also have to deal with Hebrews passage where Jephthah is listed with the examples of faith.

This is a good article I found on the subject of Jephthah's vow.

http://www.zianet.com/maxey/reflx224.htm

Translating AND to OR in this passage makes more sense considering the text and bible as a whole.

"Adam Clarke, for example, provided in his commentary the Hebrew text of the vow, and then noted, "the translation of which, according to the most accurate Hebrew scholars, is this: 'I will consecrate it to the Lord, or I will offer it for a burnt-offering.' That is, 'If it be a thing fit for a burnt offering, it shall be made one; if fit for the service of God, it shall be consecrated to Him'" (Clarke's Commentary, vol. 2, p. 151). This argument is based largely on a single Hebrew connective particle in the latter part of Jephthah's vow, and whether or not it should be understood disjunctively. The phrase, as usually translated, is: "Whatever comes out of the doors of my house ... shall be the Lord's, AND I will offer it up as a burnt offering" (Judges 11:31). If this connective particle is to be understood disjunctively, however, which it often is in the biblical text, then the phrase would be translated: "Whatever comes out of the doors of my house ... shall be the Lord's, OR I will offer it up as a burnt offering."

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