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Judges 10, 11
Jephthah is also a judge who is mentioned in God’s Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11:32-34), but initially he was rejected by his half brothers because he was the son of a harlot. What he is probably known most for though, is the vow he made to God before he went to battle the Amorites. Judges 11:30, 31 “And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.”
The problem arises when the first thing that comes forth to meet him is his only daughter (Judges 11:34, 35). Personally I don’t believe that Jephthah sacrificed his daughter as a burnt offering, but rather that she lived a virgin for the rest of her life.
In our reading today we have the transfiguration of Christ. In Luke’s account he uses the word “altered” to describe the countenance of Christ changing, but in Matthew’s account Matthew uses the English word “transfigured”, from the Greek word “metamorphoo”. It is where we get the English word for metamorphosis describing the transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly or a tadpole into a frog. Interestingly, it is also used by the Apostle Paul in two of his epistles. In both instances he is describing the transformation we go through by the power of the Holy Spirit into the image of Christ Jesus. 2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”