A Season For Jephthahs‏

I recently related the story about being in an African nation where it is said that sacrifice of infant daughters is still practiced. In the church where we were visiting they were singing about Jephthah and his daughter. They were saying that Jephthah killed his daughter. I found this very disturbing and was able to bring correction from the Bible. I brought the truth of scripture to all of the elders and the people, and showed them that Jephthah had not sacrificed his daughter by killing her, but had offered her as an offering in service to the Lord for the rest of her life. It was told to me later that this teaching would be used to save many lives. I am glad I was able to do some good by correcting this wrong understanding.

The reason I wanted to share this here in America, not so much to correct the record about infanticide, but to correct the record about Jephthah. Jephthah was a man of valor and chosen by God as one of the judges of Israel. But Jephthah was misunderstood in his day and still seems to be today.

The reason I feel the need to clarify some of the misunderstanding surrounding Jephthah is that I have been hearing form the Spirit that we are about to enter a season of Jephthahs. Now that we have clarified the better known part about his vow and his daughter, I can tell you more about what this means to my mind. Jephthah was the son of a harlot and was later rejected by his half siblings because of concern that he would want to share in the inheritance from their father. They chased him out of the area and he made his way on his own. In time he proved himself as a mighty man of valor and God prospered him against his enemies. In time the nation of Ammon declared war on Israel and the elders called for Jephthah to come help them out. Jephthah didn’t just jump at this chance, but remembered their rejection and made them agree to terms before he would lead them into battle. He eventually gave a good history lesson to the people and their enemies about the trials they had come through in order to become the nation they then were. He brought victory to God’s people and his name is written in the book of Hebrews in the “Faith Hall of Fame.”

The point the Lord is giving me about Jephthah is that he was rejected. Then he was Proven faithful. He was sought out, and was then in a position to dictate terms because the people were desperate. He thereby brought deliverance. I believe the Lord is saying that we are entering a time when some who have been rejected or overlooked, but have not become bitter, but proven themselves faithful, will be sought out to help in the trials ahead. In Jesus Christ all things are new, and those who are found faithful will be raised up to bring blessings and deliverance to God’s people.

1 Cor. 4:1-2 Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.

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