Funny how people later decide that they need you

Judges Bible Background

04.03.2019 – Old Testament: Jdg 11.4–7

To read the Bible in a year, read Judges 10–11 on April 3, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Some people decide that they want nothing to do with you, but then later they learn that you have something that they want or need. Suddenly, they remember you and want you back in their lives. That may have happened when you came into money, or they learned that you had a skill that they could use or something else.

Jephthah knew the feeling. He was the son of a harlot. Therefore, his half-brothers wanted nothing to do with him, until Ammon wanted to go to war against Israel, and Jephthah had learned the needed skills to lead in war while he was away from his brothers:

It came to pass after a time that the people of Ammon made war against Israel. And so it was, when the people of Ammon made war against Israel, that the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob. Then they said to Jephthah, “Come and be our commander, that we may fight against the people of Ammon.” So Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, “Did you not hate me, and expel me from my father’s house? Why have you come to me now when you are in distress?”

– Judges 11.4–7

However, they made a deal with him and he agreed to lead them as their commander. Jephthah could have remained bitter, and he would have died a miserable man. However, he looked to a cause greater than himself and became a judge of Israel, worthy of mention in the Book of Hebrews.


  • Have you had people reject you like Jephthah’s family rejected him?
  • What have you done about it since then?

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