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JUDGES 11 – MY THOUGHTS

I am reading the Bible through in a year using one of those read the Bible plans.
Perhaps you are also. I hope so.
When I read the Bible, I get curious about a lot of it and that ignites my interest.
Then when my curiosity peaks I write and explore and that causes me to get behind in my Bible reading plan.
The following is a sample of that.

The Bible is a raw account of man’s arrogance and stupidity. It also tells about those who are mighty men of valor as they worship and serve Jesus Jehovah.

Japheth was a mighty man of valor, who served God with his whole heart and soul. With the exception of him murdering his daughter then burning her up as a sacrifice to Jehovah, we should emulate his love for Jesus Jehovah.

As always BIBLE verses are in blue
and highlights in those verses are in VIOLET

We read about  Japheth in Judges the eleventh chapter.

Judges 11:1
Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a
MIGHTY MAN OF VALOUR,
and he was the
SON OF AN HARLOT:
and Gilead begat Jephthah.

MIGHTY MAN OF VALOUR
IT IS A VERY HIGH HONOR WHEN GOD RECOGNIZES YOU AS ONE OF HIS MIGHTY MEN OF VALOUR.
BRAVE MEN ARE WHAT HOLLYWOOD IS ALL ABOUT, AND THAT IS BECAUSE
EVERYBODY RESPECTS BRAVERY.
Be warrior brave for Jehovah Jesus.

Here follows a list of those God calls,
MIGHTY MEN OF VALOUR:
GIDEON – JUDGES 6:12
JEPHTHAH – JUDGES 11:1
JEROBOAM – 1ST KINGS 11:28
NAAMAN – 2ND KINGS 5:1
1ST CHRONICLES – 12:28

ONE OF THE REASONS THAT God names Jephthah a “mighty man of valour” is that a warrior overcomes depression and ostracism. Jephthah was born a looser.
That’s because Jephthah was a son of a harlot. He was born out of wedlock.
Yet he aspired to be of great character in his worship of Jehovah. I think his mother should get the credit for that.
[that may make a good mothers day sermon, hum I might work on that.]

Judges 11:1
Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a
MIGHTY MAN OF VALOUR,
and he was the
SON OF AN HARLOT: and Gilead begat Jephthah.

Jephthah was born out of wedlock.
Today we are tolerant of such things. No not so much tolerant as numb, immorality doesn’t even dent us anymore.
[1Timothy 4:1-2
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1Ti 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; HAVING THEIR CONSCIENCE SEARED WITH A HOT IRON;]
We call hedonism a life style and we pride ourselves on being kinder and gentler people because we no longer even care how well-liked wickedness becomes.
that reminds me of Romans 1:32
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, NOT ONLY DO THE SAME, BUT HAVE PLEASURE IN THEM THAT DO THEM.

Everyone reading this knows someone who is “shacking up.” When is the last time you told them that living together outside of marriage is a serious SIN?
You haven’t told anyone anything like that! Well nether have I. At best, we just try to get them to say a sinner’s prayer and not even a prayer of repentance.
They are happy that they will now be able to escape Hell and that they can continue in their exciting life of adultery (that is sarcasm).
When its time to give testimonies in Church we will now have something to talk about (that is more sarcasm).
CAN YOU SEE THE IDIOCY OF ALL THAT?
We get the glory and
THEY GET HELL.
for more on that subject just click this link
https://donoterr.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/how-saved-are-we-a-book-report/

As far as receiving those who were born outside of marriage. They are just like all of us, you me and the rest of the world. We were all born in sin. As Jesus said in
John 8:7
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
Back in Jephthah’s time, having prohibited sex wasn’t a lifestyle it was a grievous sin that had consequences.

THE 7TH OF GOD’S 10 COMMANDMENTS FORBIDS ADULTERY
Exodus 20:14
Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Leviticus 19:29
Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.

Deuteronomy 22:20-21
But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: 21 Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and
THE MEN OF HER CITY SHALL STONE HER WITH STONES THAT SHE DIE:
because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

Deteronomy 23:18
Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

THE PENALTY FOR ADULTERY WAS DEATH

Leveticus 20:10
And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

THE following is what God’s instructions were for Jephthah who was a SON OF AN HARLOT
Deuteronomy 23:2-3
A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.

Deteronomy 23:17
There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.

Jephthah loved God and served Him and as we shall learn he also brought his daughter up to love the LORD.
In fact she seems to have had the same Christian character as Abraham’s son, Isaac, had when he was about to have his throat slit and offered up to God as a burned up sacrifice, he was submissive to his fathers wishes.

Judges 11:3
Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob: and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and went out with him.

His family runs him off and he takes some VAIN men – who were his friends – along with him.

VAIN – EMPTY, WORTHLESS

They were all of the same ilk. It is doubtful that they robed and plundered Israelites. Probably fought Israel’s enemies and lived by hunting.
Perhaps a case could be made for Japheth being an Old Testament Jose Wales
[1976 Eastwood movie].

Judges 11:4-5
And it came to pass in process of time, that THE CHILDREN OF AMMON made war against Israel.
Jdg 11:5 And it was so, that when the children of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob:

THE CHILDREN OF AMMON
The Ammonites were decedents of Lot.

Genesis 19:38
And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

The Ammonites joined with Moab in
Judges 3:13
And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees.

Judges 11:6
And they said unto Jephthah, Come, and be our captain, that we may fight with the children of Ammon.

The Elders of Gilead sent for the one they had cast asunder, as in “hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more” [ Ray Charles, 1961] .

Like the saying goes, “what comes around goes around.” [coined 1970]
Jephthah said to them
Judges 11:7B
Did not ye hate me, and expel me out of my father’s house? and why are ye come unto me now when ye are in distress?

The children of Gilead knew that Jephthah was a warrior, a mighty man of valor.
Perhaps we could compare him to the world war 3 hero, General Patton.

Jephthah said to his brethren that if he took the offer and GOD gave him the victory then he wanted nothing less then to be their Judge.

Jdg 11:9-11
And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, If ye bring me home again to fight against the children of Ammon, and the LORD deliver them before me, shall I BE YOUR HEAD?
Jdg 11:10 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, The LORD be witness between us, if we do not so according to thy words.
Jdg 11:11 Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and captain over them: and JEPHTHAH UTTERED ALL HIS WORDS BEFORE THE LORD IN MIZPEH.

in that above last verse we see Jephthah’s dependence on Jehovah.
Make no mistake about it Jephthah was as dedicated a disciple of Jesus Jehovah as any other person in the Old Testament.

Verses 14 – 27
are an account of the wars and conquests that God gave Israel when they were in the wilderness for 40 years. You should check it out, but for our purposes, we will drop down to verse 29

Judges 11:29
Then THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD CAME UPON JEPHTHAH, and he passed over Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over unto the children of Ammon.

THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD CAME UPON JEPHTHAH
God is now with Jephthah in a powerful way.
In the Old Testament when someone received Holy Ghost power it was always to get a difficult job done and won, then when the job was finished the Holy Spirit would depart.
Today, when we are born again, we also get the Holy Ghost to get the job done only He never leaves us and the job never gets done either.

JEPHTHAH IS ALREADY A WINNER.
He doesn’t have to make a vow. However, he most likely feels so indebted to God that he wants to offer a sacrifice. Commendable but the way he did it was foolish, and though he was completely committed to God, he was still in the flesh and still prone to stupidity. However I say all of that off the top of my head, and there may be more true thoughts on this notorious vow.

THE INFAMOUS VOW
Judges 11:30-31
And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,
Jdg 11:31 Then it shall be, that WHATSOEVER COMETH FORTH OF THE DOORS OF MY HOUSE TO MEET ME, WHEN I RETURN IN PEACE FROM THE CHILDREN OF AMMON, SHALL SURELY BE THE LORD’S, AND I WILL OFFER IT UP FOR A BURNT OFFERING.

Perhaps his thinking was to let God choose what his sacrifice should be.
The question is why didn’t he think that his daughter would come out of his house? Whatever is meant by house she most likely was part of it.

I am sure that Jephthah knew that a sacrifice was just that A SACRIFICE
and he was willing to do that, to offer a real sacrifice.
I ALSO FIGURE THAT HE WASN’T TRYING TO BUY OFF GOD!
Instead, I believe his heart burst with love for Jehovah. And, I think he very well may have knew that this vow might involve his daughter, and because she was the most precious thing in his life he figured he would show or prove to God that he loved Him that much.

That is retarded thinking, for sure. However, I own a lot of retarded thinking concerning my relationship with Jehovah Jesus myself. In fact when I look back at some of my reasoning and thoughts I scarcely can believe I actually entertained any of it. Yet I did and it changed my life for much the worst.
Thank God for the cross, thank God for the blood as that is the absolute only way any of us will stay righteous with Jesus Jehovah.

I do not think anybody can prove any of those thoughts I have about Jephthah wrong, and I can’t prove any of his thinking to be true.

LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.

Jephthah gets the victory, no – no – no! God gives Jephthah the victory. You must realize that God is very much controlling and blessing everything that is going on, as I am full well sure Jephthah knew too.

NOW THE RESULT OF JAPHETH’S VOW

Judges 11:34-40
And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter.
Jdg 11:35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I HAVE OPENED MY MOUTH UNTO THE LORD, AND I CANNOT GO BACK.
Jdg 11:36 And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the LORD, DO TO ME ACCORDING TO THAT WHICH HATH PROCEEDED OUT OF THY MOUTH; forasmuch as the LORD hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children of Ammon.
Jdg 11:37 And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows.
Jdg 11:38 And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.
Jdg 11:39 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that SHE RETURNED UNTO HER FATHER, WHO DID WITH HER ACCORDING TO HIS VOW WHICH HE HAD VOWED: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel,
Jdg 11:40 That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.

Today, vows are made to God and broken all the time. We think nothing of it. Vows are frivolous and blasphemous, blasphemous because most are bribes. Frivolous because God to them is just kind of something [not even someone] you can put back in your magic box of tricks to be pulled out the next time you need a good luck charm.

https://donoterr.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/whats-a-hypocrite/

However, in the Old Testament, vows were taken seriously. When someone made a vow to God as Jephthah had they performed it. My point is
JEPHTHAH DID NOT MAKE HIS VOW FRIVOLOUSLY.
He was a devout lover of Jehovah and full well knew what he was vowing.

Jdg 11:34-35
And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter.
Jdg 11:35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: FOR I HAVE OPENED MY MOUTH UNTO THE LORD, AND I CANNOT GO BACK.

He plainly said that he intended to keep his vow. The problem is would God send his daughter out that door, first, and then allow him to murder her as a sacrifice?
That goes against every page of the Bible and every intrinsic feeling we have of Jesus Jehovah. But Jephthah said,
I HAVE OPENED MY MOUTH UNTO THE LORD, AND I CANNOT GO BACK.

Jdg 11:36
And she said unto him, My father,
IF THOU HAST OPENED THY MOUTH UNTO THE LORD, DO TO ME ACCORDING TO THAT WHICH HATH PROCEEDED OUT OF THY MOUTH;
forasmuch as the LORD hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children of Ammon.

That verse tells us a lot.
FIRST,
she was brought up in the fear of the Lord. She loved Jehovah and she loved her dad. This reminds me of Isaac and his love for Jesus Jehovah and his willingness to let his daddy kill and sacrifice him. Only in Isaac’s case God intervened.

SECOND,
She full well knew that a God fearing person keeps his vows. That’s because Jephthah loved her and raised her up in the knowledge and nurture of the Lord Jehovah.

Lord grant us wisdom and courage to influence our family and those around us to have such love and devotion to You.
Jehovah Jesus, you deserve all of our love and it should brake our heart that the lost never praise and glorify you as the creator of the universe, who could have erased us from this world and dumped every one of us in Hell, which is what we all deserved, but instead You sent your SON, even Jehovah Jesus, to let us kill Him so His precious blood could flow throughout humanity both past and future, therefore providing the ONLY real sacrifice ever, so that you could love us forever, those of us who are saved say,
THANK YOU JEHOVAH JESUS
what say you?

After she comes out the door, sealing the deal and her death she asks her dad for time to set her affairs in order

Jdg 11:37-38
And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows.
Jdg 11:38 And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.

What everyone questions is what happens next. I do not know as I was not there and neither were you.
Let’s just see what scripture says and let it stand as it stands

Jdg 11:39-40
And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, WHO DID WITH HER ACCORDING TO HIS VOW WHICH HE HAD VOWED: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel,
Jdg 11:40 That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.

Some offer various interpretations and I am far from a Bible scholar and you very well could be more in tune with the Holy Ghost them me, but if you just not add anything to this portion of Scripture then I think that you must come to the conclusion that Jephthah did offer his daughter as a bloody sacrifice. And that God let him do it.

The main reason not to believe that Jephthah murdered and then offered his daughter as a sacrifice to the LORD is it seems blasphemes and it just may be.

Did Jephthah sin in offering his daughter? – YES he did.

Could God have sent a lamb out the door instead of the daughter? – Yes, He could have.

Here is another thought on that? did God just let it happen the way it happened, without Him intervening? Nobody knows.

Does that make God an accomplice to murder? – Don’t be so stupid

Did God continue to bless him? – It seems that He did.

This is a real conundrum. Most – if not all – would that it was never accounted as sacred Scripture but it is sacred Scripture, and that means
2Ti 3:16 – 17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is PROFITABLE for doctrine, for REPROOF, for CORRECTION, for INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS:
2Ti 3:17 That THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE PERFECT, THROUGHLY FURNISHED UNTO ALL GOOD WORKS.

I have my thinking as to the why of it being in the Bible but, what think ye?
Just remember that Romans 3:4 tells us,
God forbid: yea, LET GOD BE TRUE, BUT EVERY MAN A LIAR; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

TO SUM IT UP

I most likely left you with more questions then you care to spend the time on figuring them out.

However, I think Judges chapter 11 is extremely important or it would never have been included in God’s sacred and perfectly preserved Bible.

WHAT THINK YE?

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