A mighty man no one wanted

Judges Bible Background

04.03.2018 – Old Testament: Jdg 11.1–3

To read the Bible in a year, read Judges 10–11 on April 3, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

In God’s story, the rejected become the accepted, the unworthy become the worthy, and the villain become the hero. Such is the story of Jephthah. It begins in this manner,

Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, but he was the son of a harlot; and Gilead begot Jephthah. Gilead’s wife bore sons; and when his wife’s sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out, and said to him, “You shall have no inheritance in our father’s house, for you are the son of another woman.” Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and dwelt in the land of Tob; and worthless men banded together with Jephthah and went out raiding with him (Judges 11.1–3).

Yet, you know that this information is given because his story will not end the way that it started, for when you walk with the Lord, He can make mighty changes in your life.


  • Has your family or some other group of people rejected you?
  • What can you do to help people lead better lives?

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