Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Oh Jephthah!!

When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of tambourines! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter.When he saw her, he tore his clothes and cried, "Oh! My daughter! You have made me miserable and wretched, because I have made a vow to the LORD that I cannot break." Judges 11:34-35

So what did Jephthah do with his daughter...did he indeed sacrifice her physical life to death



Shieldsy said...

Just read this yesterday ... been reading through Judges.

Decided to stop reading Judges!! Can't stand the book.

As well as Jephthah's human sacrifice, Samson was nothing more than a testostorone driven, vandal, thug & suicide bomber. And the other Judges aren't much better.

Of course, good evangelicals find some way of justifying it despite the fact that most of the stuff is exactly what we condemn fanatical Islamic terrorists for now

Dave said...

I know what you mean, I personally find a great deal of comfort and insight throughout Judges. We should just let it speak and try not to justify the text, God doesn't need it.

I do not think he sacrificed her to death, but many would disagree and say the lesson is just about not making silly vows. If that were the case then why not just say 'don't make silly vows' (oh James did!)

Deborah comes out okay, but the general thrust is that this is what happens when 'God's people do what is right in their eyes' - hence all the foolishness we see today.
Its okay to accuse Sadam, but would anyone ever indite Bush for war crimes?
So I do not condemn fanatical islamic terrorists, they do what they do in a bid for freedom based on their beliefs and ideology, the whole world stands condemned anyway, I do not condone their actions though, violence is always a poor substitute for negotiation laced with humility.

dinsy said...

Hi Shieldsy, Happy New Year.

I know what you mean about not being able to stand the book of Judges - it doesn't do a lot for me either! (And you did't even mention the guy with the concubine and the subsequent happenings with the tribe of Benjamin. Maybe you stopped reading before you got that far).

Only it is a part of this thing that the "infallible and inerrant" faction would have us believe is the true Word of God, AND useful for instruction and training in righteousness! I don't see it myself.

However, there are enough of these types around that use inerrancy etc. to attack intelligent, questioning people who are not christians, for their lack of belief in God. They do this in the name of evangelism and, as you say, they attempt to justify these and other atrocities documented in the bible.

So I think we have to consider these stories and to have a considered response for the sake of people who may be interested in God but who are turned away from Christ by the arrogance of the "it's in the bible so it must be good and true" evangelical christians.

I don't think there is much point trying to argue it with most of the "good evangelicals" thmeselves though!


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