It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday!!! Today’s verse is not so much a verse, but a grouping of verses that deliver one hell of a crazy story. It’s one I covered as a full chapter last week.
“And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord: ‘If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.’ Then Jephthah went over to fight the Ammonites, and the Lord gave them into his hands. He devastated twenty towns from Aroer to the vicinity of Minnith, as far as Abel Keramim. Thus Israel subdued Ammon. When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of timbrels! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter. When he saw her, he tore his clothes and cried, ‘Oh no, my daughter! You have brought me down and I am devastated. I have made a vow to the Lord that I cannot break.’ ‘My father,’ she replied, ‘you have given your word to the Lord. Do to me just as you promised, now that the Lord has avenged you of your enemies, the Ammonites. But grant me this one request,’ she said. ‘Give me two months to roam the hills and weep with my friends, because I will never marry.’ ‘You may go,’ he said. And he let her go for two months. She and her friends went into the hills and wept because she would never marry. After the two months, she returned to her father, and he did to her as he had vowed. And she was a virgin.” – Judges 11:30-39
Yes, you read that right. Jephthah offers to sacrifice, to God, the first person that leaves his door. Granted, he’s not directly offering to sacrifice his daughter, but he obviously knows that the first person to leave his door is going to be someone who lives there. It’s obviously going to be someone he loves deeply. That’s the first crazy part of this.
The next crazy part is that his daughter agrees with a ho-hum attitude. Oh well, my dad made the choice of sacrificing me to God, so I’ll just go along with it. Really? Really?!?!?
Then, unlike in the story of Abraham and Isaac, God doesn’t stop the sacrifice. Jephthah KILLS his daughter! OMFG!?!?! This is supposed to be a story about how we are to put our greatest love toward God (or Jesus if you wish to refer to the New Testament). You are to have soooo much love for God/Jesus that you would do anything for God/Jesus, including killing your daughter. This whole thing is disgusting and crazy, yet Christians all over the world offer their greatest love to Jesus. Granted, most of them understand that it’s not okay to sacrifice your child, but the problem is that I had to use the word ‘most’ and not ‘all’. There are people who will, and have, kill their children if they think God or Jesus is telling them to. Now that is definitely disgusting and crazy.