Oh, Jephthah!

MESSAGE - Pastor Dale Thiele

Judges: Life Without a King

Oh, Jephthah! 

  • The Gilead Elders: Think Before You Reject
  • Diplomacy with Ammon: Rest in God’s Finished Work
  • Jephthah’s Foolish Vow: Learning to Trust God
  • Ephraim Feels Left Out: The Poison of Pride  

Questions for Further Study or Group Discussion:

  1. Read Judges 11:1-12:7. What kind of progression (or digression) have we seen so far in the book of Judges? How does the account of Jephthah differ from Ehud or Barak?
  2. Jephthah is mentioned in the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11:32. How is his faith demonstrated in this story?
  3. What does Jephthah’s foolish vow reveal about his trust in God? Keller says, “God’s people struggle to believe in a God of grace.” What does this mean? In what ways do you struggle to trust God’s grace?
  4. Jephthah’s conflict with Ephraim illustrates the powerful poison of pride and unforgiveness. Where are you too quick to judge your fellow Christians? Who are you refusing to forgive, relishing deep down the opportunity to shun them? 

Memory Verse of the Week:

Psalm 42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. (ESV)