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Jephthah and Me

Judges 11:1-40


10.   Jephthah opened his mouth to God and declared, “I cannot go back” (v. 35). — Me too (Romans 6:4-6; Psalm 116:12-15).


    How blessed it is to be reminded once more that in this Gospel Day God’s Israel is freed from the law, its covenant, its curse, its vows, and its sacrifices, in and by Christ and his one great sacrifice. — “For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14). Yet, we who have opened our mouths unto the Lord in heart faith, confessing him as our Lord and Savior, have a vow to pay; and we cannot go back.

      The word translated “cannot” in Judges 11:35 is very instructive. It means I am not able to go back. I am not able to go back, because my God has sworn that he will not allow it. I have no power to go back, because, as powerful as my wicked heart is to do evil, it has no power to overcome God’s purpose, God’s grace, Christ’s blood, Christ’s intercession, or the Spirit’s seal (Romans 8:28-39). I cannot be prevailed upon, or forced by any means or influence, to go bac, because Satan has no power to harm me. No evil shall befall me. My God has promised, “It shall be well with the righteous.” I will not go back, because I cannot go back (John 10:28-30). — I will not go back, because I know that I have nowhere to go (John 6:66-69).







Don Fortner








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