After all the dialogue, nothing was accomplished, the king of Ammon still wanted to war with Israel. He paid absolutely no attention to Jephthah’s message. The Spirit of the LORD came over Jephthah and he went to battle against Ammon.
The story would have been one hundred percent kosher had Jephthah not made a fool’s mistake. Moses had it written in the book of the law that when someone made a vow, they had to keep to their vow under all circumstances, especially one made to the LORD.
They must keep their word. Jephthah made a vow that if the LORD delivered him in the battle (which the LORD already said HE would), he would sacrifice to the LORD whatever or whoever comes out of his house to meet him first.
He did not need to make such a vow because the LORD had already chosen him to deliver Israel from Ammon and their other oppressors. Nevertheless, Jephthah and his army destroyed twenty cities between Aroer and Minnith.
Then he headed home and this is where things get dicey. Next episode!
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