Gilead, like many men of his time, had many wives and many children. One of his sons was Jephthah. As Jephthah got older, his brothers decided to drive him away from his father’s lands. I assume that at this time Gilead had died because they talk about not allowing him an inheritance. The brothers didn’t like Jephthah because he had a different mother.
Jephthah left the land of Gilead and went to Tob where he began to lead a band of raiders that are described by the Bible as “worthless” men. Now these men have been bad but they must have been successful, because when Ammon made war on Israel they invited Jephthah back to lead them. I would think the Israelites went looking for a good leader!
The elders of Gilead went and asked Jephthah to come be their leader. He asked them “Don’t you hate me? You made me leave! Why come to me now?” The elders told him that they now needed his help to defeat the people of Ammon. Jephthah then asked if he would still be their leader after he helped them defeat their enemies and they said that he would. So Jephthah agreed to help them.
Sometimes other people judge us and treat us unfairly. This can be very hard and hurtful. When it happens, we need to keep trusting God and doing our best. The only opinion of us that is really important is God’s. God can turn things others intend to hurt us into good. Just like Jephthah went from being an outcast to a leader.
Pull up 10-12 stock photos of random people. Try to pull up different nationalities, races, genders, etc. Ask your child if they can pick the people that will go to heaven. Then remind them that we don’t know someone’s character by the way they look. We need to pay attention to people’s hearts like God does!