1. Wow, Sandy – This is amazing.

    Your questions are good, and it does make you think – how many times have I said, "God, you do this, and I'll do…", which is not grace at all. Knowing that He goes before us, that the battle is already won is enough. Certainty from a fleshly stand point is greatly flawed. Certainty from a mighty God is perfectly certain.

    It seems to me that Jephthah's pride stepped in – as keeping a vow, that was obviously counter-God… remembering to get confirmation, especially with vow like that. WOW!

  2. I must agree that this story is a real zinger! Hmmmm – it makes me re-evaluate the seriousness of making a vow to God. Like you mentioned, God is definitely NOT pleased with human sacrifice. It's too bad Jephthah didn't seek godly counsel during the time his daughter and her friends were away mourning! Thanks for this thought-provoking post. God bless!

  3. Hi Sandy,
    I just found your blog from the Beth Moore blog. I am so sorry to read about the loss of your baby. As a mom I can only imagine the heartache.
    You mention depression and I have been suffering for many many years. I am under doctors care but especially during Oct. – to Dec. I have it rough to say the least. I also am angry at God for a number of reasons and when the anger goes away something happens and it comes back. Please, if you can, tell me how God released you from depression. I know reading the bible helps but it is really TOUGH. Thank you so much…Rebecca

  4. Giving Thanks Daily: I think you are exactly right about the pride thing. Pride is a very destructive thing. I can see where I've done the exact same thing in my own life.

    Maria: I wonder why Jephthah did seek counsel. I wonder why someone who loved and served God didn't advise him against this.

    Rebecca: I have written an entire series on the subject. You can find the beginning of this series by clicking this link God Speaks Through the Storm, Intro, If you want to e-mail me privately to discuss any of this, please feel free.

    I will be praying for you.

  5. Yes, I remember reading this story and being extremely confused about it.
    Best not to make a vow, I think. There is an OT scripture about the seriousness of keeping a vow made to God…don't know where it is offhand.

  6. This makes me think of Matthew 5:33-37
    33“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ 34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

    I don't think we can go wrong if our yes means yes and our no means no.

    Great post!!

  7. I bet family devotions at your house are WAY more exciting and interactive than many other homes:)

    I read that story a few months ago and didn't get it either. This is going to sound like such an obvious statement, but the Old Testament was such different times that it's really hard to draw understanding/comparisons sometimes.

    Thanks for the insight and laughs (see, you're great at finding blog posts!)

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