These was no room in the inn (private guest rooms) Joseph would only have to announce his lineage that rooms would be open, but in this case there was no room.
The wonder of Christmas isn’t all the lights and decorations or even the presents. The wonder of Christmas is the God became a human baby for us.
God allowed James to be killed and yet delivered Peter from the same fate, yet without an explanation
We know that even though God has defeated evil that it still rages on for now.
God allows evil now according to His purposes but it will not exist forever: only good will
An assumption can be made that each of these judges came to power to deliver Israel from captivity.
Jephthah, showing no mercy, slays about 42000 Ephraimites, almost the total male population of the whole tribe.
Jephthah got his promotion but at what price.
It wasn’t his fault he was the son of a prostitute, nor kicked by his brothers, but he was responsible for how he behaved
This time the Lord said He was not going to deliver Israel this time.
Jephthah and Israel were so far from God that they never really knew Him.
How gracious a God who brought Israel the victory even though their sin.