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10
March
2011

Angels: Yom Kipur, lamb to the fallen angel ...! Part 3 of 4 - Jephthah's daughter: the war

The war 

Yes, there is another sacrifice mentioned in biblical scripture in the book of Judges. But this time it is a father, Jephthah and his only daughter.

Who was Jephthah? Judges 11:1-3
1 Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. His father was Gilead; his mother was a prostitute. 2 Gilead’s wife also bore him sons, and when they were grown up, they drove Jephthah away. “You are not going to get any inheritance in our family,” they said, “because you are the son of another woman.” 3 So Jephthah fled from his brothers and settled in the land of Tob, where a gang of scoundrels gathered around him and followed him.

The hole story about Jephthah and his daughter happens at the time of a war with the Ammonites (Amorites), and it all has to do with Moab, Judges chapter 10 to 12. The Israelites requested God's help, Judges 11:6-16:
6 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD. They served the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and the gods of Aram, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites and the gods of the Philistines. And because the Israelites forsook the LORD and no longer served him, ...
13 But you have forsaken me and served other gods, so I will no longer save you. 14 Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble!”
15 But the Israelites said to the LORD, “We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best, but please rescue us now.” 16 Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the LORD. And he could bear Israel’s misery no longer.

Why did the leaders of the Israelites appoint Jephthah to fight the war? Judges 10:17 says:
17 When the Ammonites were called to arms and camped in Gilead, the Israelites assembled and camped at Mizpah. 18 The leaders of the people of Gilead said to each other, “Whoever will take the lead in attacking the Ammonites will be head over all who live in Gilead.”
And Judges 11:4-10 tells us:
4 Some time later, when the Ammonites were fighting against Israel, 5 the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob. 6 “Come,” they said, “be our commander, so we can fight the Ammonites.”  ...
10 The elders of Gilead replied, “The LORD is our witness; we will certainly do as you say.” 11 So Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and commander over them. And he repeated all his words before the LORD in Mizpah.

But this war went way back to the time when the Israelites left Egypt to go to Canaan and their fight with the Amorites, who didn't want to allow the Israelites free and safe passage on the main road of their territory, Numbers 21:21-35.

They also encountered the Moabites who's king recruited Balaam to curse the Israelites, because he was afraid of the Israelites, Numbers 22:3-6. But God refused at that time to listen to Balaam, and Balaam end up blessing the Israelites. Numbers chapter 20 to 25 tells us this story, part of Israel's history. By the way how did Balaam ultimately end up? He died by the sword of the Israelites, Numbers 31:8.

But his teachings did not die with him, there is still mention of them in for example Numbers 25 and 31:16:
16 “They were the ones who followed Balaam's advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the LORD in the Peor incident, so that a plague struck the LORD's people.

And even in Revelation 2:14 as warning for believers.
14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. ... 16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: Recommended