Rash vows bring much trouble.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Numbers 30:1-2 - Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the people of Israel, saying, “This is what the Lord has commanded. If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.
Read - Judges 11-12
Jepthah comes from unsavory beginnings and unsavory friends to be used by God as a judge…yes, God can use anyone regardless of their background. In communication with the leader of the Ammonites he gives a history lesson to try and avoid war but has to fight anyway. Rather than trusting that God would go before him, he makes a rash vow that costs him the life of his only child.
Chapter 12 begins a time of Civil War as Ephraim and Gilead fight with one-another. When we don’t use our God-given energy and gifts to engage in the purpose God has made us we will typically engage in fights and other evil deeds as this!
Lord, help my yes to be yes and my no to be no and help me to trust You without the need to make deals.
Numbers Chapter 30 is a detailed listing of different vows along with a command to not make them unless you plan to keep them.
Jephthah was used by God to defeat an enemy but he was also trapped and misled by Satan. Satan deceived him into thinking that God would not give him victory if he didn’t make a vow (God never said that). Satan divided the people into civil war during his leadership. Satan even led him to ultimate destruction when he took the life of his daughter and over 42,000 of his brothers (The Ephraimites) in Civil War.