- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Judge 11
The life of Jephthah is unique in that he was born out of marriage, whose mother was a prostitute. His half-brothers forced him out of his inheritance because he was the son of another woman. The Israelites was kinship-based communities and it caused sometimes rivalries among brothers. Jephthah went out to live wild life. He was a mighty warrior.
He was brought into by the elders of the Israelites to be the head of the community and to fight against the Ammonites who made war on Israel. He became a judge of Israel by making covenant with the elders of Israel.
Jephthah debated with the Ammonite king, asking a reason why the king made war on Israel. He persuaded the king to correct misunderstanding that the Ammonites had against the Israelites, telling him of a piece of Israel’s history when they came into the land of Canaanites. But the king refused to accept it.
The Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah, and the Lord gave the Ammonites to his hands. However, misery came to him by a vow he made himself. He made vow following Canaanite’s human sacrificing to god, which was detestable to the Lord and against the Covenant that God gave to the Israelites (Deuteronomy 18:10). In agony, Jephthah killed his own virgin daughter by his vow, and the young women of Israel commemorated her for days each year.
God was watching over all these human events.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?