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 and in 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, using the case of Jephthah as illustration.
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.
(viii) He Was Educated:
As the culture of the Israelis teaching their children about the history of what happened in the past, this shows that the man Jephthah too was educated in the line of the Israelis because he knows the history of the land which was revealed in the message of peace he sent to the enemies to back off his country if they do not want war because he doesn’t want war. (Jdg 11:12 -28)
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(ix) He Was a Man of Peace:
The message he sent to the peoples fighting with his country shows that he was a man of peace.
(x) Peaceful Resolution Impossible, Forceful Resolution Inevitable:
After he sent the message to the elders and people of Ammon and they could come to terms with what he has said, they left him with no other choice other than going to war with them.
“Howbeit the king of the children of Ammon hearkened not unto the words of Jephthah which he sent him.” (Jdg. 11:28)
(xi) Shows Reasons for Expelling Him Before:
From the text, judges chapter 11 we can deduce the initial reason for the siblings expelling him from their family and the reason was the followings:
(a) They Were Threatened by His Achievements: His siblings must have been threatened by his achievements when their father was alive, just as the siblings of Joseph was threatened by the achievements and the love of their father for him when he was living with them and they went all out to ensure that he was sold to the slavery land because they do not want his dreams to come to pass.
(b) They Do Not Want Him to Be Their Head: They have discovered from his ceaseless growth that he will one day become their head and this they do not want to happen, therefore they were seeking for an avenue to deal with him which eventually presented itself during his father’s demise.
(c) Hid Under Canopy of Lie to Expel Him: Saying that he has no inheritance in the family is just hiding under the canopy of lie to expel him, because when enemies want to deal with someone, they will have to give an excuse, or say give a reason for so doing. There is a proverb is Yoruba land that says, “it is how one will present his or her case that one learns, not how to fight”. The siblings have come around and have deeply looked to resolve that what they can say to thrust him out of the family is to say he is from a concubine, but if they presented other reasons there may be people who will rise to defend him and fight his cause for him which they probably do not want to happen.
“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. 11:2)
(xii) He Did Not Fight Them:
When he was being thrust out of the family assuming it someone else he would have gathered his followers to fight with them, destroying the family, but he did not do this he left them for another land.
(xiii) He Also Knows His Worth:
It is not enough for people to know what one is made up of, it is quite good that one also knows who someone is. Assuming Jesus does not know the person he was, he would have been cajoled by the devil to bow to worship him. But because Jesus knows whom he was he cannot be cajoled nor moved by the devil.
It is quite essential that we know who we are in the Lord Jesus, know who we are in our fields, know who we are in our families, churches and all endeavors of life. It is when we know who we are that we shall not be moved by the enemies and by all that people are doing.
I will continue with the exegesis in the next article.
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