A Renewed Mind
A study on leadership through the eyes of Jephthah by Dr. Dale Yerton
Key Points of the Series
Who would have believed that a worm could become a butterfly? The word which is translated “transformation” is the Greek word “metamorphosis.” This is the word which is used to explain the process through which the caterpillar is changed into a butterfly. Similarly, the word of God changes the way we think to transform our lives.
We’ve all experienced negatives things in our lives which we must overcome or it will continue to haunt us. Judges 11:31-33 shows us what Jephthah did after his vow to God; let’s see if we can discover why he did it.
“So, Jephthah said to the elders of Israel, ‘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 11:7) Jephthah knew it was the circumstances that had changed, not the people. War had forced them to swallow their pride and make some hard decisions.
The Foolishness and sinful pride of the Ephraimites led them to believe they were better than Jephthah, but they picked on the wrong man. Jephthah was a fighter and not afraid. They choose a bad time to provoke him.