FAVORED WARRIORBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
"And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, 'Did not ye hate me and expel me out of my father's house? And why are you come unto me now when ye are in distress?'"Judges 11:7------Jephthah displays the signs of being wondrously different and favored early on, even though his life, due to his upbringing, was notably more difficult.Three virtues Jephthah possessed:Wisdom. Strength. Passion.----- Before serving as a valiant warrior and Judge in Israel, Jephthah was a despised and looked-down upon individual. Cast off by his brothers at an early age and distinguished as the "son of a harlot," Jephthah was distanced by family members and isolated from enjoying biological relationship.Treated almost like a leper, he was subjected to isolation and separation from the start.It's no surprise, at least to me, that he demonstrates a remarkable ability on the battlefield and is distinguished readily as a valiant warrior;Jephthah had learned to fight more than one kind of battle in his lifetime.He's an altogether "beautiful kind of different" and God's favor, undeniably, rests on him.Intestingly ...Even though his brothers despise him, they also cannot do anything but prize him, for his exceptionally distinguished "warrior" traits ... and when the need arises for a Captain and Judge to do battle with the formidable Ammonites, Jephthah is their "favored" man.Of interest and consideration is the verbal knowledge he articulates of God's word and the instruction of Moses, which adequately emerges from his ready lips. Jephthah, again, distinguishes himself and is well-versed in the spiritual heritage of Israel, enjoying communion with God as a "favored" legitimate son.Even though he hasn't been treated rightly, fairly, or notably, he valiantly moves into the battle God has appointed him, in the time of need.For such a time as this ... the "Jephthah's" are prepared.Favored. Loved. Appointed. Anointed.The Judge of all the earth casts the only vote that matters, and promotes his favored man in the hour He has chosen.May the loving favor of God rest visibly and favorably upon all those deemed unfavorable by man.To God be praise for the force of His favor.Amen.------- "Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and captain over them: and Jephthah uttered all his words before the Lord in Mizpeh."Judges 11:11
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