Jephthah is the rejected Judge who comes and saves God’s people. Jephthah has a similar background to Abimelech, but is of an entirely different character. Jephthah is one of the few characters (Othniel, Gideon, Samson, Jahaziel, Zechariah son of Jehoiada, Ezekiel) of whom it is said that the Spirit of the Lord came upon him.
“And they forsook the LORD and did not serve him.”
Choosing idolatry is both a singular and not-singular temptation.
Singular in that we have one God, true and living, that we are tempted to turn away from.
Not-singular because there are a multitude of false gods to choose from!
Look at verse 6 in this passage, gods of Syria, Sidon, Moab, Ammon, Philistia. Not to mention the Baals and Ashtaroth.
Israel turned from God and served idols, and the Lord’s anger burned against them.
This is a clear warning and word about the seriousness with which God takes turning from Him.
Idolatry for us comes in many forms too, like Israel.
But we have Jesus, the son-person of God. We worship Him! And there is nobody and nothing better to worship!
“In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:4-5
* Holy and True God Above,
You are God alone, there is none like You.
You are faithful and true, Your love is steadfast and Your mercies without end.
There is none like You.
You alone can save us, sanctify us, draw us to You.
You alone are working for our good, here on this earth, and in the next world to come.
You alone are our hope.