In November 20,2020, William Boekestein published the following words in a Gospel Coalition blog post. ” We never sin for free. There is always a cost. And counting that cost can make us less willing to follow our tempted hearts into spiritual danger”. His focus was in a different direction, so he did not mention the consequences of our sins on others. J C Brandon supplies the missing answer in Quora, ” The very nature of sin is that it causes damage in people’s lives. ALL sin hurts either ourselves and/or others in the long run”. In today’s verse, we see the consequence of two people’s sin on their children. Be careful what you do. God will forgive you the sin, but the consequences may last generations. Jephthah was driven out by his brothers…. But that’s not where the sort ends. Yesterday we mentioned that you could do something about your foundations. Yes you can. Jephthah knew that. You may be the son of a strange woman, do not die unsung and uncelebrated like a blooming flower in the desert air. Thomas Gray mourns such flower in his ”Elegy Written in a Country Courtyard”. ” Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness in the desert air”. They trusted Jephthah out, bit it didn’t end there. I your life similar to this? Jesus was thrust out to die outside the gates. Today He is the saviour of the world. Hang on there, let change things together.
And Gilead’s wife bare him sons; and his wife’s sons grew up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt not inherit in our father’s house; for thou art the son of a strange woman. Judges 11:2 KJV