It’s not surprising to know that once again, Israel didn’t behave. Once again, they got in too deep and they called out to God to do someting about it. And once again, God raised up a warrior, Jephthah. After a bit of diplomacy and some aggressive negociations he made a bit of a rash vow: he would sacrifice whatever came out of his house to greet him. Much to his sadness, it was his only daughter that up and greeted him. Have you yet noticed this pattern of a disqualifing trait that tarnished their records? Gideon’s Ephod, Samson’s giving into Deliliah’s persistant bugging, and Jephthah’s rash vow. Perhaps this is why he reigned a mere six years as a Judge of Israel.
Yet, Jephthah recived a mention in the Hall of Faith that is Hebrews 11:32-34, “32And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, 33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.”
He might have escaped the edge of the sword, but he couldn’t escape his daughter’s fate. He saved Israel, but he couldn’t save his own daughter from his rash promise. So I say it’s remarkable he recieved a mention in the hall of faith, but I’m as thrilled about it as his daughter was.