Monday, July 14, 2014

The Daughter Of Jephthah

"Jephthah made this vow to Yahweh: 'If thou wilt deliver the sons of Ammon into my hands, then the first creature that comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return from them in peace shall be Yahweh's, I will offer that as a burnt-offering.'"
     -Judges 11:30-31

So Yahweh saw fit to deliver the Ammonites into Jephthah's hands by providing for their slaughter under the swords of his army, thusly binding him to his oath.
But where is the Angel of God to hold back Jephthah's hand as it had Abraham's against Isaac?
Why did not Yahweh, who knew these things would happen from before the earth had form, not lift a finger to send the angel Gabriel to stop up Jephthah's mouth and prevent him from making that awful vow?
Or where was the messenger of Elohim to hold back his daughter from that fatal doorway and send, in her place, an unblemished beast worthy of sacrifice?
And when, in the wilderness, the young girl went to mourn that her virginity would now be taken by the grave rather than by one of the strong men of Israel,
Where, even, was the demon fear of death to possess her and send her fleeing across the hills to avoid that abominable altar of child sacrifice?
When she returned obediently, her mourning complete, and Jephthah had bound his daughter on the altar and stretched out his hand, and taken the blade to slay her,
Where, at last, was the Lord's Angel of Mercy to say "Do not raise your hand against the girl; do not touch her."
No Mercy, No Angel.
So on that day, when Yahweh accepted Jephthah's daughter as a burnt-offering, Molech the abomination smiled and embraced Him as a brother.

-Nik Kane

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