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Knowing the roots of the issue

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As I was doing my daily Bible reading, I came across this story about how Jepthah went back to the essence of the conflict between Israel and its neighboring enemies. How often do we jump into a part of a dispute without knowing its roots, believing that what we have to say about it is the real deal? But then, as Judges 11:12-28 illustrates, it’s essential to know the roots of the issue before coming up with a response. But because not all of us are willing to spend the time to dig deeper about the conflicts we face every day, we don’t change our initial response. Some of us are unwilling to hear the truth, just like how the king of the Ammonites disregarded the message of Jephthah.

Judges 11:12-28 AMP
12 Now Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the Ammonites, saying, “What is [the problem] between you and me, that you have come against me to fight in my land?”
13 The Ammonites’ king replied to the messengers of Jephthah, “It is because Israel took away my land when they came up from Egypt, from the [river] Arnon as far as the Jabbok and [east of] the Jordan; so now, return those lands peaceably.”
14 But Jephthah sent messengers again to the king of the Ammonites,
15 and they said to him, “This is what Jephthah says: ‘Israel did not take the land of Moab or the land of the Ammonites.
16 For when they came up from Egypt, Israel walked through the wilderness to the Red Sea and came to Kadesh;
17 then Israel sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, “Please let us pass through your land,” but the king of Edom would not listen. Also they sent word to the king of Moab, but he would not consent. So Israel stayed at Kadesh.
18 Then they went through the wilderness and went around the land of Edom and the land of Moab, and came to the east side of the land of Moab, and they camped on the other side of the [river] Arnon; but they did not enter the territory of Moab, for the Arnon was the [northern] boundary of Moab.
19 Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, king of Heshbon, and Israel said to him, “Please let us pass through your land to our place.”
20 But Sihon did not trust Israel to pass through his territory; so Sihon gathered together all his people and camped at Jahaz and fought against Israel.
21 The Lord , the God of Israel, gave Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they defeated them; so Israel took possession of all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country.
22 They took possession of all the territory of the Amorites, from the Arnon as far as the Jabbok, and from the wilderness [westward] as far as the Jordan.
23 And now the Lord God of Israel has dispossessed and driven out the Amorites from before His people Israel, so [why] should you possess it?
24 Do you not possess what Chemosh your god gives you to possess? And everything that the Lord our God dispossessed before us, we will possess.
25 Now are you any better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever strive against Israel, or did he ever go to war against them?
26 While Israel lived in Heshbon and its villages, and in Aroer and its villages, and in all the cities along the banks of the Arnon for three hundred years, why did you not recover your lost lands during that time?
27 So I have not sinned against you, but you are doing me wrong by making war against me; may the Lord , the [righteous] Judge, judge this day between the Israelites and the Ammonites.’ ”
28 But the king of the Ammonites disregarded the message of Jephthah, which he sent to him.

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