“Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a might man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah. And Gilead’s wife bare him sons; and his wife’s sons grew up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt not inherit in our father’s house; for thou art the son of a strange woman.” (Judges 11:1-2)
The truth about Jephthah was that he was the son of a harlot. No matter how great and mighty of a man he was, Jephthah could not escape his past. Imagine the scorn and rejection he had to endure while growing up, just because of who his mother was. Nevertheless, in spite of his “condition,” God still conditioned him. God set him apart from his brothers because of His plans to use Jephthah in a spectacular way. Jephthah became the vessel God used, in spite of his past, to deliver his brothers and the people of Israel from the hand of their enemies.