Judges 11:29-40

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  1. quantumfaith

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    Would be interested in knowing thoughts about this passage of scripture.

    Here are three perspectives (in a nutshell) that I have come across.

    1. Jephthah made a vow to God, which superceded anything else. It doesn’t mean the vow was a good thing, but it was a vow nonetheless.

    2. Jephthah’s daughter was only to be a “living sacrifice”–she merely remained unmarried the rest of her days, much to her chagrin.

    3. The Bible simply reports what happened. This doesn’t mean it was right.
     
  2. convicted1

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    Brother Quant,

    I don't know if either of the three would actually be the correct choice, so I choose "E". LOL

    Here are two verses that seem very key to what actually happened:

    31 Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.


    39 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel,

    It looks to me like he offered her up according to the vow he made unto God. I believe that in the context of her "and she knew no man", meant that she was a "pure" sacrifice, meaning she had not been defiled by a man. Could she be a "type" of Christ in the OT?? I don't know. What do you think?? This part of her being a "type" of Christ is merely speculation on my part, and I will need more study time before you tell me BULL!!! LOL

    i am I AM's!!

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  3. quantumfaith

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    To me this is one of those "undeniable" yet "unanswerable" passages of scriptures. God had clearly communicated to the Hebrews his displeasure at the practice of human sacrifice. I do not see God's approval or request this thing that Jepthah did. I see God being "silent", so that is what I "wonder" about, did this meet with His approval, was He pleased with this?
     
  4. JesusFan

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    Answer 3 is also a correct answer, as it was foolish for him to make a vow like that before the Lord, as he was presuming upon the will of God for his family lives...
     

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