Teaching Kids Key Life Learnings from 100 Biblical Characters: No. 33 – Jephthah


What practical key life learnings can we glean from the life of Jephthah?

Context (Judges 11:1-12:7):  He was the son of a harlot and his father was  named Gilead.  Because of this, his half brothers hated him and they drove him away from the family and disinherited him.  Jephthah was a mighty man of valor and a great warrior.  Because of this when the people of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Israel asked Jephthah to lead their army.  Jephthah got the elders to agree that if he was successful in leading Israel against Ammon, that they would agree that he would be their leader despite their background.

Key Life Learnings:

Our heritage does not dictate our future (Judges 11:1-3, 33):  Jephthah physical lineage was not one that prepared him for leadership.  But he used his experience to learn how to lead and to develop his skills as a warrior in order to prepare him to lead Israel.

Each one of us has their own family limitations.  If we let those things limit us from being all that God wants us to be, then we will likely miss out.  In fact, the preparation that God provides us in life is so much more than what family we have been born into.

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