Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more
We find ourselves in some situations at times that we lose hope about life itself. Life has no meaning to us again, but as we are in this gloomy situation, there is still something with us which God can make use of. Some of these things I have been writing on in the previous articles, I want to continue with it here.
Some of Those Minute Lights Seen by The Ancients Continues – Jephthah As Example
I am showing us through this article that another man called Jephthah’s lost everything he has been laboring for, how he has sacrificed himself thinking by that he would be loved and accepted by his brethren but he wasn’t love by them and was forced out. In his gloomy and darkest position he discovers that he still has something and what he has was what I called “self-confident”. This was the dimmed light God finds with him. Let us see some of the points of note in the story as related to this discussion.
Gilead had a wife and a concubine. The concubine gave birth to Jephthah. Soon Gilead died and after the burial and other ceremonies of the death of the man, the sons of the wife known sent Jephthah out of the family, saying he has no right to the properties left behind by their father.
“Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.
“And Gilead's wife bare him sons; and his wife's sons grew up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto him, thou shalt not inherit in our father's house; for thou art the son of a strange woman.” (Jdg. 11:1-2)
Jephthah though know the kind of person he was did not fight with his brethren but fled the family to allow for peace to reign. Let us see few things relating to this word from this story.
(i) He Was Introduced by Their Father to Them:
Before the demise of their father, Gilead, I believe he introduced him to the family as his child, because the bible does not say the young man comes to the family nor that his mother brought him to the family when his father died.
(ii) He Must Have Been Integrated into The Family:
After introducing Jephthah to the family by the man, Gilead before his demise, he started living with the family and has been integrated into the family.
(iii) Elders in Gilead Known Him:
It is clear that the introduction of the child, Jephthah which was done by their father before his demise was not an internal introduction alone, he has been introduced to other elders of the land of Gilead that they should know him and see him as his son.
“And it was so, that when the children of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob:” (Jdg. 11:5)
We can see from the above verse that it was not Jephthah’s siblings who have gone to call Jephthah but he was went to by the elders of Gilead. Assuming the elders of Gilead had not known him before they wouldn’t have gone to him they would have been seeking for who will deliver their land from the hands of the Ammon and other enemies.
(iv) No Consultations Made:
We shall discover that the bible does not specify that those elders who went to call Jephthah back made consultations with his siblings before going for him. Assuming consultations had been made with them, we may find some among them who will not want to support the move of the elders, because enemies usually are never tired of attacking those they hate.
(v) His Worth Has Been Known:
The Elders going to call Jephthah shows that his worth has been known before he was coldshouldered and expelled from the family. Assuming what he has been made up of were not known by them it is certain that they wouldn’t think of going to call him when they have been cornered by the enemies.
(vi) They May Have Been Envying Him Before:
Since his talents have been revealed when his father was alive, it was possible that his brethren may have developed strong envying for him and have been planning that he would be expunged from the family when their father gives up the ghost. This they eventually did.
(vii) Known How to Worship Yahweh:
Because he has been integrated into the family therefore he also knows how to worship Yahweh before he was forced out of the family.
“And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,” (Jdg. 11:30)
The prayer he prayed shows that he has been instructed by his father in the path and line of prayer before his demise. He has known this and has incorporated that into his system everywhere he gets to, even when he was not in Israel he must have been practicing this art, prayer.
Teaching our children the way of the Lord when they are young is very essential and the writer of the book of Proverbs has stated that doing that would bring us peace at our old age.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Pro. 22:6)
I will continue with the exegesis in the next article.
A Song of Victory!
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