By: 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------Different - An originality which speaks to itself and sets itself off as distinguished.-A contrast which speaks to a separate distinction from others.-A notable unordinariness.Jephthah displays the signs of being wondrously different even though his life, due to his upbringing, was notably more difficult.Three virtues Jephthah possessed:Wisdom, Originality, Passion.-----Today's Read: Judges 11-12; Psalm 56The book of Judges and the "Judges" themselves garner my interest; each one presenting a unique character study and a sufficient testament to the wisdom and originality of God in his dispersement of gifts and calling.Jephthah speaks to "this" reality:Cast off by his brothers at an early age and distinguished as the "son of a harlot," Jephthah is distanced by family members and isolated from enjoying biological relationship.Treated almost like a leper, he is subjected to isolation and separation.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 has learned to fight more than one kind of battle in his lifetime.He's an altogether "beautiful kind of different" and my soul finds an almost instantaneous camaraderie with 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 man.Of interest and consideration to me 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, and enjoying communion with God as a "favored" legitimate son.And 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 generally made.-----Hmmm ...Some of us have messy lives and messy pasts.Some of us come to God's table with broken beginnings and the residual effects of weighty and painful experiences separating us from others.Some of us come to the table as cast-offs and cast-aways,But no matter, anyways ... Because Christ's love prevails and is the stronger.Making valiant warriors out of life's "discardables" seems to be a specialty of His.The moment will come through the battle appointed.The need will arise,And the "Jephthah's" will come forward and fight valiantly in the battles they were made for.Valiant Warriors dare to be different.Believe.-----"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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