Hebrews 11:32 (NKJV) And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets:
You can find the ‘journal’ of the life of Jephthah in the Book of Judges. He was rejected by men but accepted by God.
Judges 11:1-2 (NKJV) “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.”
We learn that Jephthah was born of a prostitute due to the indiscretion of Gilead. Even though his father took him in as a son, it must have been difficult for Jephthah growing up in the family as the eldest son. As the eldest son, Jephthah would have been well-positioned to receive his father’s blessings and inheritance as they were his birthright. However, he was chased out by Gilead’s legitimate children as they felt he was a threat to them before the father could pronounce any blessings or allocate any inheritance to him. Despite all these, Jephthah was not bitter or angry nor was he lacking in confidence and wishing perhaps that he could be born into a better family. Instead, we find that he was confident and his name must have stood out among many to be a wise and worthy leader.
Judges 11:5-6 (NKJV) 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.”
God is at work even when we do not feel, see or hear anything in the natural! Nothing will be able to stop God’s calling and plan in our lives. Our background does not affect God’s plan in our lives because our past, status and class in society do not determine the future that God has in store for us.
If we journal our walk with God through our ups and downs, showing that we did not give up despite our difficult situations, then our children and grandchildren will learn that God is a God of restoration and that He has a good plan for our lives. They will learn to walk by faith that He is a good God who has our interests at heart.
Sermon Series: You Are in the Hall of Faith! (Part 2)
我们可以传给子孙后代的最佳产业是什么？ 金钱，财产或与主同行的日记？ 随着创新，技术和人文科学的不断发展，我们孩子的孩子可能会比我们过得更好。 但是，如果我们能够为我们的孩子们做与上帝同行的榜样，特别是在困难时期，并为我们的孩子和孙辈们记录下来，这将是无价的。
我们了解到，由于基列的轻率行为，耶弗他出生于一名妓女。 即使他的父亲接受他为儿子，但对于耶弗他作为长子成长在这个家庭来说，一定很难。 作为长子，耶弗他本来可以接受父亲的祝福和继承权，因为这是他与生俱来的权利。 但是，在他父亲可能说出任何祝福或分配任何产业给他之前，基列的婚生的儿子们将他赶了出来，因为他们认为他对他们有威胁。 尽管如此，耶弗他并没有充满苦毒或愤怒，也没有丧失信心，或者希望自己能出生于一个更好的家庭。 相反，我们发现他很有信心，他的名字一定在许多人中脱颖而出，成为一个明智和值得尊敬的领导者。
即使我们没有自然地感觉、看到或听到什么，上帝也在作为！ 没有什么能阻止上帝的呼召和计划我们的生活。 我们的背景不会影响上帝在我们生活中的计划，因为我们的过去，社会地位和阶级并不能决定上帝为我们预备的未来。