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: The Lord has left Samson, and now Samson finds himself imprisoned, blinded, and in the most miserable state of his life. It is in these dark places where God can get our attention. We find out through Samson that a man can never be too far from the grace of God.
Description: Judges Chapter 15 is a back and forth battle between Samson and the Philistines. Ultimately it ends showing us an imperfect judge who cannot completely deliver his people because he needs rescue himself.
Description: Samson travels to Timnah and along the way is attacked by a lion that he kills with his bare hands, mightily empowered by God. On a later journey, this time to marry his chosen Philistine girl, Samson finds the lion carcass housing a swarm of bees and full of honey. He later uses this encounter as the basis of a riddle to the 30 Philistine men at his wedding party. No one could ever solve Samson’s riddle…that is unless they cheat!
Description: God sends the three judges Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon to judge Israel for 25 years and Israel doesn’t have any recorded battles or oppression (time of peace). Then God raises up the Philistines against them and they oppress the Israelites for 40 years. God then promises to deliver these unfaithful people and announces the coming baby who will save them.
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”.
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