Summary: Jepthath’s lack of faith in God was not an answer to his problem.
Title: Overcoming a Lack of Faith
Text: Judges 11:34-40
CIT: Jepthath’s lack of faith in God was not an answer to his problem.
Thesis: Our Faith in God will give the answer to our problems.
Major Objective: Consecrational
Specific Objective: That they will trust God with their problems.
Sermon Question: How?
Overcoming a Lack of Faith
Have you ever thought about where you would be without faith? As Christians we think, how can this be possible? We were bought by the blood of Christ. We have the Holy Spirit of God to guide us. Yet, what happens then when we do not listen to Godâ€™s leadership, when have a lack of faith? Todayâ€™s scripture is the story of Jephthah. A man who came up from the bottom, to a place of great leadership, only to loose the thing he loved because of a lack of faith.
Problem â€“ When we act out of haste, more problems will follow.
Jephthah was one of the men who were called to rule Israel written about in the book of Judges. In the scripture nowhere is he called a Judge, but we do know him as a leader and a mighty man of valor. Jephthah was born in Gilead, which is located west of the River Jordan. From Jephthahâ€™s beginning as an illegitimate child, the son of a harlot, he was to have problems. Because of his illegitimacy, Jephthah could not inherit the possessions of the family like the legitimate children. He was cast out from what was his family to join together a band of worthless men. Under Jephthahâ€™s leadership, the survival of the men was contingent as their income as a raiding party.
When war broke out with the Ammonites, there was need for every man that could fight. The elders of Gilead sent for Jephthah and his men to help in this battle with their enemy. They needed a leader and Jephthah was the man who was chosen. The elders decided that they would make Jephthah leader, in the condition that they win the battle. In an almost reluctant way, Jephthah agrees to fight this battle. His plea before the elders is, â€œwill you really take me back, AND let me be your leader?â€ The elders agree and make a bond before the Lordâ€¦."The LORD is our witness; we will certainly do as you say." Josh 11:10 NIV
Jephthah, was once an out cast and now made the ruler. Amazing. This victory over the Ammonites was absolutely necessary if he wanted to hold on to this great power. It meant everything, not only to Jephthah, but to his people as well. This was their home. A home and a land that was given to them by God. After unsuccessful negotiations, Jephthah took his men to war, they were proven successful in battle and were ready now for a decisive blow to the Ammonites. Jephthah knew this was to be the most important of strikes. He could not let himself and his men fail. He, then in this time of faithlessness, made this vow to God. â€¦"If you give the Ammonites into my hands, 31) whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering." Judg 11:30b-31