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Is hiking revelation ( 1914 trio with on great finance make vow to Him, serve Him and obey Him forever? How's that going for you? Remember that vow to honor Him with your life and income? How's that coming along? Listen to Him and do what He is telling you to do today. I. THE COMMITMENT MAINTAINED DESPITE THE GREAT COST A. Commitments Can Be Costly Brensinger: the traditional role of jubilant women welcoming home their heroes, this unsuspecting child dances total celebration tore his clothes Lev. 10 sign of intense mourning at time of death B. Commitments Call For Submission C. Commitments Worth Commemorating Block: No memorials were erected for Jephthah, but the memory of his daughter was immortalized a festival celebrated her honor. Nothing specific is known of this festival, except that it was observed four days each year by the women of It is doubtful this observance ever became a national event. The absence of any external attestation probably be attributed to the fact that the events described to this point have all concerned only the Transjordanian tribes, whom their Cisjordanian countrymen tended to marginalize from the beginning. CONCLUSION: 1 Thess. 5 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also bring it to pass. Look at all the passages that speak to the faithfulness of God Not saying 't make any commitments to the Lord But be careful what you pledge and follow through and keep your commitments; 't make commitments as part of some bargaining interaction with a God who graciously gives good gifts to His children. O I have promised to serve Thee to the end DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS: 1) What are some other Scripture passages that urge us to count the cost? 2) When have we tried to bargain with the Lord? What was our motivation? What lessons did we learn? 3) When have we kept our word and suffered some hard consequences as a result? 4) Why was Jephthah included the Hall of Fame Hebrews 11? QUOTES FOR REFLECTION: Keil Delitzcsh: the two clauses he shall be the Lord's and I offer him up for a burnt offering, cannot be taken disjunctively such a sense as this, it shall either be dedicated to the Lord, or, if it should be a sacrificial animal, I offer it up as a burnt-offering, but the second clause simply contains a more precise definition of the first, Jephthah must at the very outset have contemplated the possibility of a human sacrifice. Motyer: If you have made a promise, you keep it. He should never have made that promise. He should have realized that keeping it might mean the breaking of other basic rules. But amid the welter of contradictory voices he had heard the voice of God saying, You keep your word, and he heeded the vice. It was a of paganism to shut one's ears to inconvenient messages, as he knew: the of the Ammonites did not heed the message of Jephthah But Jephthah was a of and he did heed at any rate the message of God concerning faithfulness, whatever confusions have accompanied it. What he did is a thing all Scripture condemns; why he did it is a thing all Scripture commends. Bratcher: We are supposed to recoil from the monstrosity of Jephthah's actions. The later community of who included this story the biblical traditions knew how wrong child sacrifice was, there would be no mistaking this for a model of right behavior. It would be another example of what happens when God's people become confused their thinking about who is really God and how God works the world. This becomes another lesson for that God not be manipulated by magical incantations or bargains that we strike with him on our own terms. That is precisely what Jephthah tried to do making his vow to sacrifice the first thing that met him on his return home, if only God would help him win a battle. God did not need that bargain to aid Jephthah. Jephthah was yet another tragic figure Judges who had not yet learned enough about God to know that God does not respond to magic or bargains, which lay at the