(Judges 11:34-40) – Jephthah’s Sacrifice
Yesterday we talked about being careful when we make promises to the Lord. We said that it may be that we bite off more than we can chew.
Jephthah promised to sacrifice whatever (or whoever) first greeted him if he returned from the battle safely.
And sure enough, God came through. He successfully provided the victory for Jephthah and allowed him to return home safely.
And now it was time for Jephthah to hold up his promise.
Tragically, his one and only daughter is the one who comes out to greet him, and Jephthah is distraught.
I’m sure that in that moment, Jephthah is regretting the harsh vow he made. His victory in the battle wasn’t worth the life of his daughter.
But it’s in this moment that Jephthah will share with God in something that very few people will ever be able to.
Just like God, he is going to sacrifice his one and only child in exchange for victory over an enemy.
Just like God, He didn’t have to make this promise. It wasn’t required of him to do it.
Here’s the difference…God’s sacrifice came because of grace. But Jephthah’s came because of stupidity.
Just like Jesus, Jephthah’s daughter volunteers. Wow.
She volunteers because it was important to keep your promise to God. She volunteers because God’s great victory was worth the sacrifice to her.
Even at the cost of her own life.
Imagine what life would be like if we had this heart, being willing to sacrifice our own lives because of God’s great victory for us.
Jephthah gave up his daughter, and he kept his promise.
God gave up His son, and He kept His promise.
And we’re free because of it.