Jephthah’s Vow

Mere FidelityOn this week’s Mere Fidelity, Matt suggested that we discuss the complex and troubling story of Jephthah’s vow in Judges 11. So we did.

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One thought on “Jephthah’s Vow

  1. I must confess that I did not listen to your podcast.

    Jeptha and his daughter really happened in history. However, when all history is viewed through the “lens” of “redemptive-history”, certain “figures/shadows” appear which point to Jesus and his all encompassing sacrifice for humanity.

    I have always understood Jeptha to be a “type” of God. His daughter points to a believer as the “virgin daughter of Zion” or a “child of the promise” in the family of God. The offering of her as a “burnt sacrifice” points to Paul’s instructions to believers offering themselves up as “a living sacrifice”.

    It seems like all the stories in Judges point typologically to Jesus as the Final Judge, whom the Father has given all authority, and either salvation or judgement (idol worship).

    Believers are member of God’s army at Christ’s 2nd Coming (Gideon’s army), skull crushers of the seed of Satan (certain woman dropping millstone (Jesus) from tower (God’s fortress) on Abimilech’s head, or young men (i.e. New Man-New Creation) in these stories. These are just brief examples of the “story within the story” pointing to Christ and His Comings.


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