Friday, February 12, 2021

SON OF A HARLOT

Today’s Reading: Judges 10-11

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St. George Orthodox Monastery, or Monastery of St. George of Koziba, is located in Wadi Qelt, in the eastern West Bank. The sixth-century cliff-hanging complex, with its ancient chapel and gardens, is active and inhabited by Greek Orthodox monks. It is reached by a pedestrian bridge across the Wadi Qelt, which many imagine to be Psalm 23’s “valley of the shadow of death.” The valley parallels the old Roman road from Jerusalem to Jericho, the backdrop for the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37).

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: Judges 11:1

Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, but he was the son of a harlot; and Gilead begot Jephthah.

 

Why would the writer of Scripture record our key verse? Perhaps the point he is making is that God uses all who are willing, regardless of pedigree. Our background matters little; it’s what is in our hearts that counts. The Apostle Paul urges us to consider our calling. Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-31. “Not many wise, not many mighty, and not many noble are called.” We have good news. God will use us as we are! He wants a surrendered, obedient heart. That’s all! Let us give Him our hearts anew now!

The last part of our reading is a difficult story (Judges 11:29-40). Notice that it does not say that Jephthah actually burnt his daughter as an offering. God would not allow Abraham to offer Isaac (Genesis 22:1-14). The Jewish Rabbis teach that Jephthah sent his daughter permanently into a wilderness retreat where she remained a virgin for the rest of her life. For this reason I asked David Reynold for a photograph of the magnificent monastery in the wadi Qelt where vows are maintained as a sacrifice to God.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, once again You’ve shown me that no ordinary human being is perfect. I can never claim to be sinless (1 John 1:8-10). Therefore, I confess my sin and trust Your promise that You forgive me and cleanse me. Here’s my heart once again. Live in and through me in the Person of Your Son and my Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’m glad that Peter wrote, “No Scripture is of any private interpretation” (2 Peter 1:19-21). This is why I appealed to the Jewish Rabbis concerning Jephthah’s daughter. I deeply value the huge body of the historical understanding of the meaning of Scripture. Some react to Scriptures that are difficult to process in an hysterical way rather than in an historical way. I try to guard against jumping to conclusions until I have read the whole of Scripture on a given matter, as well as the comments of Rabbis and of Christian teachers whose work has stood the test of centuries.

In today’s reading we learn about the people of Amman. This is modern day Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. This is a majority Muslim country. However, King Abdullah, whom I had the privilege of meeting, told me that he watches my Arab preacher son-in-law “all the time.” I checked on his knowledge by asking the king what TV signal he watched. He answered correctly. I’m going to Google to check once again on the ministry called, “Light for All Nations.” It’s in the Arabic language, so I won’t understand much. However, if I can find Nizar, father of six of my grandchildren, and grandfather of three of my great-grandchildren, speaking with English subtitles, I’ll attach a video link (found it…click here).

Yours for understanding the daily 100words.ca readings of Scripture,

David

The wilderness land between Jerusalem and Jericho is very dry and desert-like.

6 thoughts on “Friday, February 12, 2021

  1. Today’s scripture was difficult to imagine but, I agree with David that Jepthath did not literally sacrifice his daughter as a burnt offering but indeed sent her to exile as suggested. I found it interesting that his daughter remains unnamed in Judges 11. However, I have read elsewhere her name was Seila or Iphis. Wishing all saints a blessed day. May you be safe and warm.

    Unity in the Body of Christ
    I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

    We Are The Body – Brook Hills Music with lyrics
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYOCdVI9m1Q

  2. Dear Father, You are King of all. Thank You for taking the foolish, the weak, the broken, the outcasts, the worthless of this world… for taking us and adopting us into Your family! It is truly amazing! You made those ‘worthless ones’ who followed Jephthah into mighty victorious warriors who rescued Israel from their oppressors. Take us also, Lord, all Your followers, and lead us into that Kingdom of God work You have for us, in Jesus’s great name, amen

  3. God bless Nizar and his family. Nizar has a wonderful ministry and his daughter Sarah assists on the program. Wonderful photography as well today showing the landmarks where Jesus walked. It’s snowing hard here in Hamilton today – beautiful but difficult for travellers. Have a great & safe day!

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