Read Judges 11:1-11
God Sees Worth in the World’s “Worthless”
It is often difficult to escape your past, even when you had no real control over it. The writers of the book of Judges says that Jephthah “was a mighty man of valor, but he was the son of a harlot” (Judges 11:1). Because of this, he was rejected by his father’s legitimate sons. Even though he was cast out by his own family, though, Jephthah found companionship with other “worthless men” (Judges 11:3). The New International Version uses the phrase “a gang of scoundrels” to describe this group.
The New King James Version says that this group “went out raiding with” Jephthah (Judges 11:3), but James Burton Coffman opines, “More than likely, he, like David, protected settlements from marauders.” The ensuing events lends some credence to Coffman’s view.
Faced with war against Ammon, the elders of Gilead begged for Jephthah’s assistance. The man that they once viewed as worthless, they now saw as their deliverer. His response to their plea is understandable, considering their former mistreatment of him. “If you take me back home to fight against the people of Ammon, and the Lord delivers them to me, shall I be your head?” (Judges 11:9). An agreement was struck between Jephthah and the elders of Gilead, and he went to work against Ammon.
Have you ever felt worthless? Felt like an outcast among your friends and family? Maybe you fell into sin, then repented, but it can be difficult to reestablish trust with those who were once close to you. God can still use you.
The apostle Paul lists several types of sinners that will not be saved as long as they continue in their sin. “Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). If you are involved in these activities, you cannot be saved—but if you repent, turn your life away from sinful behaviors and toward a godly lifestyle, God will forgive you! Paul continues, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).
The world may see you as worthless, but God will count you worthy of His forgiveness if you seek Him and obey Him!