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5th September 2023

Judging


Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah.


Judges 11:29




“Where are you from?” We often use that question to get to know someone better. But for many, the answer is complicated. Sometimes we do not want to share all the details.


In the book of Judges, Jephthah might not have wanted to answer that question at all. His half-brothers had chased him out of his home town of Gilead for his “questionable” origins. “You are the son of another woman,” they declared (Judges 11:2). The text says starkly, “His mother was a prostitute” (v 1).


But Jephthah was a natural leader, and when a hostile tribe picked a fight with Gilead, the people who had sent him packing suddenly wanted him back. “Be our commander,” they said (v 6). Jephthah asked, “You hate me and drive me from my father’s house?” (v 7). After getting assurances that things would be different, he agreed to lead them. The Bible tells us, “Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jephthah” (v 29). Through faith, he led them to a great victory. The New Testament mentions him in its list of heroes of the faith in Hebrews 11:32.


God so often seems to choose the unlikeliest people to do His work, It matters not where we come from, how we got here, or what we have done. What matters is that we respond in faith to His love. Bible Reading

Judges 11:1–8 & 29.

Prayer

Lord God, It is a great comfort knowing that You do not show favouritism based on where we have come from. Our heritage is found in You. Thank You for adopting me into Your family. Amen.













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