Jephthah’s Daughter


People love drama and scandalous stories, even at times reading scandal into stories when it’s unwarranted. For example, seeing Bathsheba as seducing a king or the woman at the well as immoral, failing to see these women as victims. But sometimes the reverse is true with a bible character. We view a person as a victim of a huger atrocity than what really happened—as with Jephthah’s daughter. Read more

Abel: Offered a More Acceptable Sacrifice


“By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.” Hebrews 11:4 (ESV)

To Read: Genesis 4:1–16

Biblical Synopsis: After God expelled Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden, Eve bore two sons—Cain and Abel. Being a farmer, Cain offered God fruit from his harvest. Being a shepherd, Abel offered God the best of his flock. God accepted Abel’s offering because it was pure of heart. Cain’s offering did not please God, and his foul response displayed he had improper motives from the beginning of the story. Read more