Judges Chapters 10 – 12
Lesson 8: Jephthah, the Controversial Judge
“My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.” (James 2:1).
History is replete with public figures who both suffered rejection and gained recognition, who performed commendable deeds as well as dubious ones. Because of their places in the spotlight, sometimes political leaders have been misjudged and maligned. In the period of the judges, Jephthah was such a man. He served as a judge in Israel, but his judgeship is clouded with controversy. There are those who see him as a rogue – used of God yet a poor example of godliness. Other regard him as commendable, a hero worthy of respect. 
Questions for LifeGroup Leaders:
Note(s) to LifeGroup Leaders:
Please read most of the commentary to your LifeGroup. You may summarize it if necessary, but there is nothing wrong with reading it. If you are a husband and wife team leading, perhaps take turns reading to the group. There is valuable review of the Scripture passages and application for effective discussion. Use your LifeGroup members to read Scripture.
The “Making It Personal” section is not designed for group discussion. These are questions that you might use to conclude before prayer. They are questions that prompt personal conviction and application. Please use them at your discretion to help your group.
 Glimmers of Hope in Dark Times: Judges and Ruth. (Schaumburg, IL: Regular Baptist Press, 2005), 65.