Scripture is often shocking in its earthiness. The Book of Judges gives us an example: A certain king, Jepthah, is at war and things are going badly. He prays to God in desperation, promising that if God lets him win this battle he, Jepthah, upon returning to his kingdom will offer on the altar of sacrifice the first person he meets. God takes him at his word. Jepthah wins his battle and is overjoyed. His joy quickly evaporates. Upon returning home, he sees his own daughter, in the bloom of her youth, running out to meet him and he, conscious of his promise to God, now faces a horrible dilemma — break an oath to God or sacrifice his own daughter.
Bewailing our Virginity
Bewailing Virginity - Michael A. Verdicchio
And she said to her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down on the mountains, and mourn my virginity, I and my fellows. Luke Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me , to take away my reproach among men. New International Version But grant me this one request," she said. Christian Standard Bible She also said to her father, "Let me do this one thing: Let me wander two months through the mountains with my friends and mourn my virginity. We will cry together, because I can never get married and have children. Leave me alone for two months, so that I can go with my friends to wander in the mountains and grieve that I must die a virgin. I'll go up to the mountains and cry there because I'll never marry.
And it was so at the end of two months that she returned to her father, and he carried out his vow with her which he had vowed. She knew no man. And it became a custom in Israel that the daughters of Israel went four days each year to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite.
I thought that this was a really interesting story and it really surprised me when we first talked about it in class. So just to answer some of the questions asked in this passage, I do feel that it is important to have some things in life not work the way we want. One of the questions above asks what you would do with the event that you find has changed your life?