THE GRIEF OF JEPTHAH
"THE GRIEF OF JEPHTHAH"
( JEPHTHAH UPON REALIZING HIS SACRIFICE)
He had made a vow to sacrifice as a holocaust whatever came through his door upon his return home if he were victorious in battle. Who cane to greet him was his only daughter.
"When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of timbrels! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter. When he saw her, he tore his clothes and cried, “Oh no, my daughter! You have brought me down and I am devastated. I have made a vow to the LORD that I cannot break.”
But his vow was of his own making...neither from God nor held to by God, he bound himself to his own dark promise. So to the wilderness she went to grieve with her friends for two months for she would never marry and upon her return...he did as he had promised.
Oilgraph on wooden panel - 30"x24"
-Created live at Thoery Labs April 17, 2011-
Jephthah: William Kapen
Jephthah's Daughter: Carolyn Christian standing in for Emaree DeLoach
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