Touch here for today’s reading. Judges 11:29-40
You’re about to read a very sad story. The good Judge Jephthah made a foolish promise to God that he felt he needed to keep. Rather than summarize the story, I suggest that you just take up your Bible and read it right now; afterwards you can check out the rest of today’s “Firestarter.” [Pause to read the passage.]
Some questions that you can ask yourself and your family… Is it OK to make bargains with God? Did Jephthah really have to keep his promise? What would it have been like if he could talk over his problem with others? He and the other judges in this part of the Bible were like “Lone Rangers.” They felt they had to go it alone. Let’s not do the same. The idea of reading the Bible together means that we can talk about what we read and what it means to each other.
God continues to speak to us after listening to the Bible passage. Jot down a few thoughts and feelings in your journal. You’ll be doing just what the writers of the Bible did.
Tuesdays are dedicated to the Writings in the Hebrew Scriptures, those books with the exception of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) the Prophets and the Psalms.
In the season of Advent to Epiphany this year, we read Judges and Proverbs, 4 to 6
This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick