SBC Host: If you were going to put a list together of heroes of the faith —real examples of faith — would your list include Samson, Jephthah, and Rahab?
Avg Guy:Are you kidding me?? Samson’s a womanizer. Jephthah — “The King of Rash” — needs to slow down and think before he acts. And Rahab… [whispering] she’s a harlot!!
SBC Host: Yep.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao draws to the end of our Hall of Faith Deep Dive, as we move through the book of Hebrews, and points out that most of us wouldn’t compile a list with those names… and yet, God did.
And to the degree that we are surprised… is the degree to which we still don’t understand faith.
Description: After Jephthah’s defeat of the Ammonites and the wicked sacrifice of his own daughter, his troubles are not over. He is rebuked by the Ephraimites and ends up fighting against them and over 40,000 Ephraimites die. Israelite killing Israelite.
With all of the sinfulness and tragedy in the life of Jephthah, the book of Judges is not the only place we see mention of his name. Jephthah surprisingly is listed in the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11. We explore how Jephthah might have “made the cut”.
Description: Judges 10 begins with the accounts of two minor judges, Tola and Jair who bring about over 40 years of peace. But the author of Judges tells us that this time of peace resulted in an incredible period of apostasy and idolatry.
Description: Gideon’s legacy is a sad one. It involves idolatry, civil unrest, fratricide, deceit, retribution, and a large mill stone. God will not allow evil to go unpunished and Gideon’s son Abimelech meets his demise ultimately from the hand of God who punishes him for the wrong he has done to the house of his father.
Description: Gideon goes from doing things in the Lord’s strength to doing things in his own strength and in that decline we see the rise of sinful leadership and wicked idolatry. It’s a journey from godly legacy to idolatrous tyrant that leaves us checking our own hearts and thanking God for the final Judge sent for the deliverance of God’s people, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Description: Sometimes God sends a trial into our lives to loosen our grasp on something that we were holding on to tighter than Christ. In the case of the Israelites, they saw strength in their numbers as they prepared to battle the Midianites and Amalekites. In order to prevent them from glorifying themselves, God drastically shrinks their numbers until their victory is impossible and that’s exactly where God wants them.
Description: God raises up a reluctant Judge named Gideon who is hiding in a wine press. Gideon is not only fearful but His first task is to tear down the community alter to Baal that just happens to be in his own backyard.
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