Dear Jephthah’s Daughter
[[Based on a True Story: Judges 11:29-40]]
You have one of the most painful narratives to read, think, and talk about. This tragedy is never talked about. People don’t preach on it. Vows is something that we should never break, matrimonial vows and vows made to God. Unfortunately, your father made a vow to God. Vowing that he would sacrifice anything that walks through his door if God granted him a victory. Sure enough, He did. Joyfully and jubilantly here you come walking through the doors. You’re happy to see your father from his long and victorious journey, you walk to some bad news, horrible news. You are going to be sacrificed.
Having you sacrificed was agonizing considering the fine points, you were his only daughter, you were happy to see him, you were dancing with tambourines and you were a virgin. Regarding with attention that you are a virgin testifies that you are young, innocent. They always say, “It’s not what happens to you but how you react to it that matters.” You handled this oh too well. We find fortitude in your composure, courage, and calmness after the news was broken to you. Instead of crying, pleading or running away, you encourage your father to keep his vow to God above all else, at the expense of your life.
Modern day Jephthah’s Daughter, maybe it isn’t to fulfill a vow to God that your dad is or has sacrificed you. It may be to satisfy greed, or it may be to satisfy his lust. Deepening the wound, at times it may be your own mother or sibling sacrificing you, sacrificing your life or your virginity. Slave trafficking you, Sex trafficking you to fulfill their deepest addiction. Vowing to trade their daughters for drugs. Promising to marry you to evil men for money. Vowing to give you away for power. God is there. He sees you. God loves you. It sounds cliché, I know. But He does love you. Cast this burden on Him. He will come through for you.
Strongly together & Inspired by,
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