June 30, 2018

What Happened to Jephtah’s Daughter

What Happened to Jephtah’s Daughter

The book of Judges echoes out with a loud refrain, “and everyone did what seemed right in their own eyes.” This reality set the stage for multiple deliverers to rise up and be used by YHWH to deliver His people from enemy oppression. One deliver was Jephtah, an outcast with a tragic past. In a moment of war he vowed to offer a costly sacrifice to the Most High, of whatever would meet him at his door on his way home. Filled with joy at her fathers return from Ammonite defeat, Jephtah’s daughter grabbed a tambourine and ran through the doorway with singing. Jephtah tore his clothes in despair for his daughter would be the sacrifice. In this teaching, Aliyah asks (and answers) the question of what happened to Jephtah’s daughter? And what can we draw from the lament that went out about her life? How do we burn our daughters today and why should we care?

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