• Before we get to Jephthah and his tragic vow, there are
some things that we need to review.
• First, we need to remind o...
Sin
Suffering:
Serve
foreign king
Crying out
to God
Deliverance
Rest/peace
• Before we get to Jephthah and his tragic vow, there are
some things that we need to review.
• First, we need to remind o...
JUDGES 11:29-40
• As war with the Ammonites became unavoidable,
Jephthah made a vow.
• “It will be that whatever comes out of the doors of...
• Is it wrong for us to make vows?
• What are some vows that we make or have made?
• Is it necessary to carry out those vo...
• The LORD delivered the people of Ammon into
Jephthah’s hands (v 32).
• If Jephthah was a skilled warrior, why did the Lo...
• Jephthah subdued the people of Ammon “with a very
great slaughter” (v 33).
• Why would God allow a people to be defeated...
• The author of Judges informs us that besides this
daughter Jephthah “had neither son nor daughter” (v
34).
• Why might t...
• Jephthah tore his clothes.
• What did the tearing of clothes represent?
• Job 1:20-21.
• Matt 26:65.
• Why would Jephtha...
• Jephthah’s daughter declares that Jephthah should do
what had gone out of his mouth.
• Why would she willingly become a ...
• At the end of two months, she returned and Jephthah
“carried out his vow with her which he had vowed.”
• It is my person...
• However, many folks deny that Jephthah sacrificed his
daughter.
• Lev 27:1-8 gives provision for people to redeem people...
• Dr. Dave Miller of Apologetics Press gives four reasons
Jephthah redeemed his daughter and did not sacrifice
her.
• One:...
• Four days each year the daughters of Israel would
lament the daughter of Jephthah.
• Why would the daughters of Israel w...
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  1. 1. • Before we get to Jephthah and his tragic vow, there are some things that we need to review. • First, we need to remind ourselves of the tragic “cycle” found in Judges.
  2. 2. Sin Suffering: Serve foreign king Crying out to God Deliverance Rest/peace
  3. 3. • Before we get to Jephthah and his tragic vow, there are some things that we need to review. • First, we need to remind ourselves of the tragic “cycle” found in Judges. • Second, we need to remind ourselves of Jephthah’s tragic life. • He was the son of a harlot, but raised by his father (11:1-2). • When his half brothers were grown, they drove Jephthah out (11:2-3). • However, when the people of Ammon made war against Israel, Jephthah was made a commander (11:4-11). • As a commander, Jephthah sent word to the king of Ammon in a feeble attempt to avoid war (11:12-28).
  4. 4. JUDGES 11:29-40
  5. 5. • As war with the Ammonites became unavoidable, Jephthah made a vow. • “It will be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD’s, and I will deliver it up as a burnt offering” (v 31). • Vows in the Old Testament were important. • Num 30:1-2. • Deut 23:21-23. • Why would Jephthah make this vow? • Was it wrong for him to make this vow? • Why would it be important for Jephthah to carry out his vow?
  6. 6. • Is it wrong for us to make vows? • What are some vows that we make or have made? • Is it necessary to carry out those vows? • Why or why not? • Some Scripture to think about: • Matt 5:33-37. • Eph 4:25-29.
  7. 7. • The LORD delivered the people of Ammon into Jephthah’s hands (v 32). • If Jephthah was a skilled warrior, why did the Lord need to deliver the Ammonites into his hand? • Could this say anything about how we need to view “victories” we might have in life? • What could this say about “defeats” we suffer? • Do we, in general, see the hand of God like we ought?
  8. 8. • Jephthah subdued the people of Ammon “with a very great slaughter” (v 33). • Why would God allow a people to be defeated “with a very great slaughter”? • Is it ever right to kill? • When Jephthah return to Mizpah, his daughter came out to meet him (vv 34-35). • Why would God allow his daughter to be the first to come out and meet him? • What do you think went through Jephthah’s heart when his daughter showed up?
  9. 9. • The author of Judges informs us that besides this daughter Jephthah “had neither son nor daughter” (v 34). • Why might the author feel it was important to inform us that this was Jephthah’s only daughter? • How was it looked on in Jephthah’s society not to have a son? • Some hints (Gen 16:2; 30:1; 1 Sam 1:5-11). • If it was dishonorable not to have a male child, how dishonorable it will be for Jephthah to have no daughter or grandchildren!
  10. 10. • Jephthah tore his clothes. • What did the tearing of clothes represent? • Job 1:20-21. • Matt 26:65. • Why would Jephthah encounter deeper grief? • He tells his daughter, “I have given my word to the LORD, and I cannot go back on it.” • Why could Jephthah not go back on his word? • Why couldn’t Jephthah offer an animal to the LORD instead of his daughter? • Why would Jephthah need to offer his daughter?
  11. 11. • Jephthah’s daughter declares that Jephthah should do what had gone out of his mouth. • Why would she willingly become a human sacrifice? • She asked to go two months and wander on the mountains with her friends that they might bewail her virginity. • Why would she want to bewail her virginity? • I really don’t think the point was to bewail the fact that she had never had sexual relations. • I really think the point was to bewail the fact that she had never had and would never bear children. • Why might she have wanted her friends to go with her? • Are there times that we need friends? • How might we be better friends to those who are struggling?
  12. 12. • At the end of two months, she returned and Jephthah “carried out his vow with her which he had vowed.” • It is my personal conviction that Jephthah offered his daughter as a burnt offering. • The text says “he carried out his vow with her which he had vowed.” • This would not at all mean that God approved of the sacrifice. • God never approved of child sacrifice. • “You shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD” (Lev 18:21). • Ps 106:36-40. • Scripture often tells us of things God did not approve without comment (e.g., Abraham’s lying).
  13. 13. • However, many folks deny that Jephthah sacrificed his daughter. • Lev 27:1-8 gives provision for people to redeem people when they’ve made a vow.
  14. 14. • Dr. Dave Miller of Apologetics Press gives four reasons Jephthah redeemed his daughter and did not sacrifice her. • One: The period of mourning was not that Jephthah’s daughter was about to die but that she would never marry. • Two: The text goes out of its way to state that Jephthah had no other children; this would mean the extinction of Jephthah’s bloodline. • Three: The sacrifice is treated as unfortunate, not because the girl died, but because she never became a mother. • Four: We are told of Jephthah’s sorrow (11:35) immediately after we’re told he had no other children (11:34). He was upset his daughter would have no children.
  15. 15. • Four days each year the daughters of Israel would lament the daughter of Jephthah. • Why would the daughters of Israel wish to lament’s Jephthah’s daughter? • What are some things we should commemorate? • What are some lessons we should learn from Jephthah?
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