It’s a story about Jephthah a great warrior from the land of Gilead, but his mother was a prostitute. His father had several other sons by his legitimate wife, and when these half brothers grew up, they chased Jephthah out of the country saying you are a son of a whore, you’ll not get any of our father’s estate.
So Jephthah fled from his father’s home and lived in the land of Tob.
Years passed, and it was about this time that the Ammonites began their war against Israel. So the leaders of Gilead sent for Jephthah, begging him to come and lead their army against the Ammonites.
But Jephthah said to them, “Why do you come to me when you hate me and have driven me out of my father’s house? Why come now when you’re in trouble?“
“Because we need you to be our commander-in-chief against the Ammonites, and we will make you the king of Gilead.”
Anyway, Jephthah agreed.
The Bible says, “Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and captain over them: and Jephthah uttered all his words before the Lord in Mizpeh.” Judges 11:11
You see where you should lay all your troubles? Jephthah uttered all his words before the Lord!
Anyway, as you continue to read the scripture, you see why they desperately needed Jephthah. Though rejected by his family, God blessed and used Jephthah.
We saw above that he was a mighty man of valour. The Lord was with him. He knew historical events, and was a broker too. Himself alone was a suitable candidate to face up with the Ammonites and the Edomites, Esau’s children. He could engage in spiritual warfare.
We heard that the Ammonites (the children of Ammon Lot’s Son) began their war against Israel. But Jephthah tried to reason with them, but they would not have it. So the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah, and he smote the children of Ammon. You see how God would give those in the wrong another chance to repentance? Jephthah tried to avoid the war to no avail.
When we are beset by fears and anxieties, we need to fill our lives with Jesus and be filled with the Holy Spirit. This was the source of Jephthah’s courage and can be the source of your courage too.