Summary: We all make dumb mistakes. Jephthah certainly did when he made a vow to the Lord that could affect someone else. That someone was his daughter. This sermon looks at the story as it lifts Jephthah’s daughter up as a woman of grace and faith.
Unfortunately, even though scripture prohibits human sacrifice, Jephtah most likely killed his daughter
Scripture says “He did to her as he had vowed.”
The consequences of this vow meant that Jephthah would
1- lose his only daughter
2- never have descendants
Jephthah’s daughter is a woman who needs to be remembered
She didn’t argue with her father, but encouraged him to fulfill his vow to the Lord
And when given the chance, she didn’t run away, but returned to face the vow.
M Nicholson writes “Think of her, that child of an outcast — brought up in a heathen land and in a camp — think of her, how pure, how unworldly, how unselfish, how noble in spirit! Think of her patriotism, think of her self-sacrifice, that you may abhor all that is mean and selfish, and worldly and untruthful; and that you may cease to grudge the sacrifices your Father in heaven requires in love and wisdom, and for your own deliverance and safety.” (M Nicholson, Biblical Illustrator)
Our passage of this faithful woman leaves us with these thoughts.
We need to be careful what we ask of God and be careful of what we promise to God.
Jephthah should have never made the promises that he did.
Especially when it could have hurt someone else
We need to remain faithful to God
We can’t control other people and their actions.
We can only control our own actions.
Jephthah’s Daughter couldn’t control her father’s dumb mistake of making a vow.
In the same way, we need to remain focused in Christ in everything we say and do
B/c as long as we are Christ centered, it won’t matter what others do to us.
We are saved
The future is an uncertain world, but with Christ our certainty rests in His Glory and Salvation.
Jephthah’s daughter demonstrated that for us.