O.T. Action News: Jephthah's Vow
The O.T. Action News team tells the biblical story of Jephthah and his hasty vow.
Lisa Mulligan calls into the Kids Radio program "Adventures in the Bible" to ask Whit a question about a friend who uses the phrase "I swear." She is interrupted by Brink Chetley, the O.T. Action News anchor, who has a breaking story from 1089 B.C.
The Ammonites have declared war on Israel to get back land they believe Israel stole from them when they came out of Egypt. Correspondent Jared DeWhite reports from the Israelite Tent of Meeting where the leaders agree to buy protection for Israel from Jephthah. Gamaliel, Jeptha's half brother, approaches him with their request that he and his men deliver Israel. Still bitter about past events, Jephthah agrees but demands they make him judge over Gilead. He attempts a peaceful solution with the Ammonite King, but it results in an argument, so Jephthah marches on Ammon. Before the battle, Jephthah vows that if God delivers Ammon to him, he will sacrifice the first thing out of his house upon his return as a burnt offering. Jephthah wins the war and kills the King of Ammon. He returns to his home in Mizpah where his only daughter Adena runs out to meet him. Jephthah is heartbroken, but realizes he must keep his vow. Adena asks to go to the mountains for two months with friends to mourn the fact that she'll never marry. Eugene, the Middle East expert, explains that Jephthah's vow could be interpreted that he would dedicate her to the Lord for life instead of actually offering her as a burnt offering (since human sacrifice was forbidden).
- Why were the Israelite leaders so hesitant to agree to Jephthah's deal?
- Why was it foolish for Jephthah to make a vow like he did before the battle?
- How can we apply what happened to Jephthah to today?
- Do people today ever make rash vows?
Heard in episode
VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The album version of this episode is longer than the radio version. The first interview with Eugene is totally cut from the broadcast version, and Jared's second report is cut short where Brink tries to interrupt him.
- While O.T. Action News usually has two kid reporters, this episode only has one: Jared DeWhite. Jared's personality being exceptionally large, this may be appropriate.
- The name of the character Charles Gestault in this episode may be a reference to the historical French general Charles De Gaulle, famed for his opposition to the Nazis in World War II.
- This episode features one of the only instances (or perhaps the only instance?) of split audio channels being used for different characters in a scene, here between the characters of Jephthah and the Ammonite King during their interview with Charles Gestault.
- Listen carefully when Jared's audio is cut out before Jephthah kills the Ammonite King to hear a common telephone recording instructing the caller to hang up and try their call again.