Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, November 3rd, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 26)
Now Jephthah of Gilead was a great warrior. He was the son of Gilead, but his mother was a prostitute. Gilead's wife also had several sons, and when these half brothers grew up, they chased Jephthah off the land.
Judges 11:1-2 (NLT)
One name appears in the Faith Hall of Fame (Hebrews 11) many saints don't know: Jephthah.* When we re-read his curious story, we're still wondering: Why was he mentioned?

Yes, he was 'A mighty man of valor' (Judges 11:1, NKJV), but also an illegitimate son. Once grown, his brothers ran him out of town. So he teamed up with some other tough guys, and they became a notorious gang.

But when a big war threatened Israel, Jephthah was asked to come home and lead them. He agreed if one condition was met: when they won, he would continue to lead. Then he prayed to God and made a rash vow.

He did win, but Jephthah's vow flipped on him in a dreadful way that makes us angry. Why is he seen as a Bible hero?

1) According to God, Jephthah had great faith.
2) He was treated cruelly by his kin.
3) He was a skilled and courageous fighter.
4) God used him to deliver Israel.
5) He kept the vow he wished he had not made.**

To Be Continued...

* Good article: Jephthah: Hero or Villain?

* Another Article: Who was Jephthah?

** Article about Jephthah's vow: Did Jephthah actually kill his daughter?

** See Psalm 15 (a short Psalm), especially Verse 4:

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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