God sanctioned Jephthah's leadership of Israel. The victory is his! 6-27-10 Then he did an unnecessary and foolish thing: God's Holy Spirit came upon Jephthah to win the victory.
30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, 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. He did not need to bargain with God. The Holy Spirit had already come upon Him. God would give victory !
The Presence of the Holy Spirit does not negate free will. Jephthah did not have unwavering faith in the True and Living God of Israel. He tried to bargain with Him for assured victory. That was unnecessary and sinful . Whatever we do should be in gratitude for God's goodness and mercy, Not an attempt to gain His favor .
God knows the very intentions of our heart. If we love Him and keep His Word, we need not make great vows of sacrifice or service. Any choice rooted in fear is sin . Faith trusts God enough to obey Him in all .
32 So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; and the Lord delivered them into his hands. 33 And he smote them from Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities , and unto the plain of the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel. The Lord delivered them into his hands. Not because of Jephthah's vow, But because it was God's Will !
God had raised Jephthah up to be Israel's deliverer. Israel had repented, put away their idols, And begun to serve the True and Living God. The soul of the Lord was grieved for their misery. He determined right then to deliver them.
34 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. 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 is in a lose-lose situation. God didn't put him there. His daughter didn't put him there. 31 … 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.
"I have opened my mouth unto the Lord." She was not just his favorite. She was his only child!
Me and my big mouth! Proverbs 18 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. He needlessly put himself there.
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. Now that is a submissive and obedient daughter! She loved her daddy more than her own life.
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. 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. Her only regret: She would never have children.
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, 40 That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year. Some say Jephthah would never have slain his daughter. She just never married and lived apart from her family: Sort of like a nun in a convent.
Consider the predicament in which Jephthah had placed himself: If he did not offer her as a burnt offering, then he lied to the Lord. If he did offer her as a burnt offering, Then he broke the sixth Commandment: "Thou shalt not kill."
I suppose we can never be certain what Jephthah did in this situation. We know he didn't live long; He only ruled for three years.
Let us simply obey all of Scripture that we do clearly understand. That is all we need do to please the Lord. Those who focus on some obscure point of Scripture are not trying to serve the Lord. They are trying to avoid God's Will .
Titus 3 8-9 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. But avoid foolish questions , and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
Lessons we can learn from Jephthah: When we are walking with God, we can fulfill His Will in all . Any choice that will hinder me from obeying God in all things, is a mistake . Guard our tongues. Trust God Obey God