he was the son of a prostitute…

Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior, but he was the son of a prostitute. Gilead was the father of Jephthah. And Gilead’s wife also bore him sons. And when his wife’s sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out and said to him, “You shall not have an inheritance in our father’s house, for you are the son of another woman.” (Jdg 11:1-2 ESV)

Jephthah was the “black sheep” of the family.  He was told that he was unworthy – that he wasn’t even a part of the family.  His half brothers drove him away.  Wandering in exile, he was separated from his home . . .

until they needed him.

There will be some who don’t accept us.  There will be some who hold our past against us.  There will some who think we are not good enough.

But, they don’t speak for God.

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