November 7, Judges 11:7

Judges 11:7

‟And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead,  Did not ye hate me,  expel me out of my father’s house?  And why are ye come unto me now when ye are in distress?”

So who is this Jephthah?  A son of Gilead.  A son of a harlot.  A soldier.  Why was he thrown out of his father’s house?  The sons of the wife did not want to play nice?  Greed?  The way I read it, yes, greed. 

After reading and asking for guidance, I thought about blended families, especially of widow’s children.   Let’s say, in this case Dad decides to remarry.  He had 2 children with his first love and then the new wife has two of her own and  they have one together. To make this more like reality, let’s say wife number two also passes before Dad.  Now when Dad’s youngest is still a minor and Dad’s will states just generically that the children shall inherit.  Here comes the Jerry Springer show.  Let us say that Dad made the eldest the executor of the will.  We have 5 children that has lived in the house together, but the two oldest did not like wife number two.  Who will get what?  So what did Gilead’s sons do?   They kicked the step son out.  They refused to share. 

So let us figure out who these “elders” are.  They appear to be like our city councilmen.  Maybe they are the brothers.  But notice Jephthah spoke to them without giving quarter.  He called them out on how they had treated him.  Yes, it was his right.  He did not do violence for their choices.  He just asked them what they thought they were doing.  Why did they come to him when they showed him no respect? 

So what is this message that we can get from just this verse?  It is that you, as a Christian, have a right to question how you are being treated.  You are not to use violent actions, much less ignore a plea for help.  Let us face it.  There are plenty of times that someone says things to hurt us and want to separate themselves from us.  We will be hurt from this, but we should never seek revenge.  That is the Lord’s duty to take care of.   We simply should ask,  ‘but why, when you did this’.  Then we should help with what is distressing them.  It is not ‘turning the other cheek’.  It is doing God’s will.  You should never handle something like this with ‘drama’.   

Now, I did not just forget about our five children in the above.  As the children of Israel soon found out, they were wrong in expelling Jephthah.  There is not an example in the Bible that we should not follow.  The Lord again caused the wrong doers to need the one they had harmed.  So, if the five children were not treated equally then the executors are wronging the others.  And as a warning: if those children knew Dad had another child that never lived in the home, they need to be careful if they choose to exclude that child. 

Judges 11:7

‟And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, Did not ye hate me, expel me out of my father’s house?  And why are ye come unto me now when ye are in distress?”

Romans 12:19

‟Dearly beloved,  avenge not yourselves,  but rather give place unto wrath:  for it is written Vengeance is mine;  I will repay,  saith the Lord.”

Ⅰ Peter 3:9

‟Not rendering evil for evil,  or railing for railing:  but contrariwise blessing;  knowing that ye are thereunto called,  that ye should inherit a blessing.”

Luke 6:27

‟But I say unto you which hear,  Love your enemies,  do good to them which hate you,”

Luke 6:30

 ‟Give to every man that asketh of thee;  and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.”


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