Rebellion, Bloodshed and Contrast: Foolish Promises in Judges

The story of Jephthah is one of the stranger accounts in the book of Judges. Judges 11-12 shows he was a mighty warrior, son of a prostitute, and was driven away from his family. He found himself in a position to use great power, and made an overexerting promise.

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In similar ways, our lives today can go through big changes and offer uniquely difficult opportunities. The question is, how will we respond?

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photo credit: Brendan Powell Smith

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What foolish promises have you made? How do you hold to your values through hard circumstances?

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Read more from the series:

Judges 1-2: Failure of a Generation.

Judges 3: Into the Fat King’s Lair.

Judges 4-5: Women Save the Day.

Judges 6-8: The Epic of Gideon.

Judges 9-10: The People’s Choice.

Judges 13-14: Samson’s Burden.

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