Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Jephthah’s Sacrifice of His Daughter (Judges 11:30-40): Did God Sanction It?

The story of Jephthah's sacrificing his daughter in Judges Chapter 11 has always bothered me. Funny how no church I have ever been to (as far as my memory goes) has ever preached on that story.
While browsing online today I came across some interesting commentary that shed some light on this troubling difficult to understand passage of scripture. 
Jephthah’s Burnt Offering Sacrifice of His Daughter (Judges 11:30-40): Did God Command or Sanction It?
And this one


Anonymous said...

The answer is more simple than that. The vow was a vow of celebacy. He did not sacrifice her as a burnt offering. It was a conditional vow. If the appropriate animal would have came out the door, it would have been a sacrifice, but since it was his daughter, it was to be that she would be consecrated to the Lord in His service as a Nazarite. She would never get to marry and have children and is why she bewails her VIRGINITY (NOT her impending DEATH); Jephthah also is sad because she is his only child and would not have his legacy live on to give his inheritance to, ect.

Deeny said...

Thank you anonymous. That makes a lot more sense.
Deeny :-)