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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Judges 11:1-11



Jephthah is living his life in exile. He is something of a Robin Hood kind of figure. He is protecting the Israelites and making the best out of his situation when his own people are looking for him. They come to him with an astonishing request. Let’s take a moment to examine that request.

v. 4-5 The Cause Of The Request – The nation is under attack. The Ammonites are trying to take over the land. The children of Ammon were the descendants of Abraham’s nephew Lot through and incestuous relationship with one of his own daughters. The Ammonites were cousins to the Jews, but they were also their perpetual enemies. So, Israel is under attack and they do not have a strong leader to guide them to victory over their enemies.

v. 6 The Character Of The Request – The elders of his people come to him with the request that Jephthah come back and become their “captain”. This word means “commander, chief, or ruler”. At one point they asked him to leave; now they come to him asking him to lead! What a change of mind! What a change of direction.
This is just a reminder that the call to service or leadership might come without notice. We are to be ready and prepared to answer His call when it comes.

Our duty is to faithfully serve the Lord where we are. We should ever do His will where He has placed us. We must strive to learn all the lessons He wants to teach us. It is God’s responsibility to open the doors of ministry and opportunity. It is our responsibility to grow where we are planted, and to trust the Lord to use us when, where and how He sees fit. If we will make our hearts available to Him, He will give us plenty of opportunities for service in His kingdom’s work. When we serve Him faithfully today, He will look after our tomorrow’s!

v. 7-8 The Commitment Of The Request – In verse 7, Jephthah recounts their past attitude towards him. He reminds him that they were the ones who asked him to leave; now they want him to come back and be their ruler. In verse 8, they reissue their promise that Jephthah will be their “head” if he will only come back with them and deliver them from their enemies. The word “head” means “the top, the summit, the chief”. They want Jephthah to come back and take over! They want him to come back and be their boss. They are offering him control over their lives.

Their treatment of Jephthah in these verses is sad. They had no use for him when things were going well, but when the bottom fell out, they ran to him for the help they needed.

By the way, this is how many people treat the Lord. They refuse to be faithful. They refuse to serve Him. They refuse to honor His word, His will or His house. They treat Him like He is an unwanted intruder in their lives. They treat Him like He is the spare tire on the car of their life. He is to stay in the trunk and keep quiet, but He better be ready when they have a flat and pull him out!

What a shame! How much better it is to walk in the will of the Lord day by day. Then, when the bad days come, you have the confidence that you have walked with Him, and now He will walk with you. If you leave Him out of your life, He may just let you deal with your problem on your own when it comes! If He did, who could blame him?

Psalm 40:3
New International Version (NIV)

3 "He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him".

“He Gave Me A Song” By: Alton H. Howard (1977)

1. He took my burdens all away, up to a brighter day
He gave me a song (He gave me a song), a wonderful song (a wonderful song)
A wonderful song I now can sing, in my heart joy-bells ring
He gave me a song (He gave me a song), a wonderful song (a wonderful song)

He gave me a song (He gave me a song), to sing about (to sing about)
He lifted me (He lifted me) from sin and doubt (from sin and doubt)
O, praise His name (O praise His name), He is my King (He is my King)
A wonderful song (a wonderful song) He is to me (He is to me).

2. Brighter the way grows every day, walking the heavenly way, He gave me a song (He gave me a song), a wonderful song (a wonderful song), A wonderful song I now can sing, Praises to him my King, He gave me a song (He gave me a song), a wonderful song (a wonderful song).

3. I am redeemed no more to die, never to say goodbye
He gave me a song (He gave me a song), a wonderful song (a wonderful song)
And some of these days in that fair land, sing with the chorus grand
He gave me a song (He gave me a song), a wonderful song (a wonderful song)

Eternal Father, Eternal God! We ask You today for a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit in us. Enable us to know the love of Christ which passes all knowledge so we may be filled with all the fullness of Him. We do not ever want to take lightly the fact that You have sent Your Spirit to dwell in us, to guide us, and to help us live the life You have provided for us. Help us to hear the leading of Your Spirit telling us the way to walk. Grant us understanding, wisdom and insight about all You want us to do. We ask You to move powerfully through us, for we know that the Holy Spirit in us is how You touch us and the world around us. May we be led to receive and obey the promises of Holy Spirit in us. In Jesus’ glorious name we pray. Amen!


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    I agree. When we faithfully serve Him today, He will look after our tomorrows. Thank you! Have a Happy New Year!
    1993 days ago
    I am walking with the Lord and through trials I know he will be there to guide me through. He will never forsake or leave me as long as I stay in His word.
    1993 days ago
    The Holy Spirit is working in you....praise Jesus for this blog!
    1993 days ago
    Send your Holy Spirit into our hearts today, I pray!
    1993 days ago
    Walking with the Lord and filled with His Spirit. Thanks Vic for sharing.
    1994 days ago
    emoticon Vic, keep on posting emoticon
    1994 days ago
    We do the same thing Many want to live in a pink cloud If there lives is Good they have little passion for others put who do they ask to fight there wars
    1994 days ago
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