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BIG IDEA- Thinking Correctly About God Helps Us Avoid Poor Decisions

1. Jephthah Made A Terrible Decision Due to Wrong Ideas About Yahweh

Judges 10:6 (NLT)

“Again the Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. They served the images of Baal and Ashtoreth, and the gods of Aram, Sidon, Moab, Ammon, and Philistia. They abandoned the Lord and no longer served him at all.”

Judges 11:1-3 (NLT)

“Now Jephthah of Gilead was a great warrior. He was the son of Gilead, but his mother was a prostitute. Gilead’s wife also had several sons, and when these half brothers grew up, they chased Jephthah off the land. 'You will not get any of our father’s inheritance,’ they said, ‘for you are the son of a prostitute.’ So Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob. Soon he had a band of worthless rebels following him.”

Judges 11:4-6, 8 (NLT)

“At about this time, the Ammonites began their war against Israel. When the Ammonites attacked, the elders of Gilead sent for Jephthah in the land of Tob. The elders said, ‘Come and be our commander! Help us fight the Ammonites!’ . . . 'If you lead us in battle against the Ammonites, we will make you ruler over all the people of Gilead.’”

James 4:6 (NLT)

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.”

Judges 11:29-33 (NLT)

“At that time the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah . . . And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord. He said, ‘If you give me victory over the Ammonites, I will give to the Lord whatever comes out of my house to meet me when I return in triumph. I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.’ So Jephthah led his army against the Ammonites, and the Lord gave him victory. He crushed the Ammonites . . . In this way Israel defeated the Ammonites.”

Judges 11:34-39 (NLT)

When Jephthah returned home to Mizpah, his daughter came out to meet him, playing on a tambourine and dancing for joy. She was his one and only child; he had no other sons or daughters. When he saw her, he tore his clothes in anguish. . . You’ve brought disaster on me! For I have made a vow to the Lord, and I cannot take it back. . . her father kept the vow he had made, and she died a virgin.”

John 14:8-9 (NLT)

“Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ Jesus replied, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! . . .’” 


1. ONE WORD: JESUS. Make it your aim to become a student of the life of

Jesus. Regularly read, study, the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

2. HUMBLE YOURSELF before God and you will experience Him firsthand. He

loves to elevate those who lower themselves.

3. ALLOW someone further down the road to be your guide when you have

questions about the character of God. (This seems absent in Jephthah’s life).