Even in his own land and among his own people, he was not accepted. – John 1:11


Rejection cuts deeply into the soul of man. To be rejected by one’s own family and others can wound a person to the very core. Jephthah, son of a prostitute, knew what it was like to be rejected (Judges 11:2). His half brothers sent him away to the land of Tob simply because of his background. He had done nothing to deserve such rejection.

Often we are rejected because of factors beyond our control. Nevertheless, the pain of rejection makes us lash out at those who have hurt us, especially when they reach out to us for help later on. Our response is frequently like Jephthah’s: “Why do you come to me now, when you’re in trouble?” (Judges 11:7).

Jesus Christ knew the pain of rejection to the fullest. The entire nation turned its back on Him, for He was “despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief” (Isaiah 53:3).

Have you ever come to your friends or family with a loving witness, only to have it flung back into your face? Love them anyway. One day, like Jephthah’s brethren, they will come knocking on your door. When they do, give them a glimpse of the love of Christ in you.


Even in his own land and among his own people, he was not accepted. – John 1:11




Gaal was standing at the city gates when Abimelech and his army came out of hiding. When Gaal saw them, he said to Zebul, “Look, there are people coming down from the hilltops!” Zebul replied, “It’s just the shadows of the hills that look like men.” – Judges 9:35-36

Satan’s primary objective is to blind our eyes to the truth. Gaal could clearly see people attacking the city, but Zebul implied, “I know you see what you think you see, but what you see is not what you think!”

How does Satan work? He tries to get us to deny the reality of what we see about sin until it is too late. Once the deception is complete and it is too late to reverse it, he says to us, “Now where is that big mouth of yours? . . . Go out and fight them!” (Judges 9:38). Satan will mock for eternity those in hell that were deceived by him.

Jesus, on the other hand, is in the business of opening our minds. For the eleven disciples, He “opened their minds to understand” the Scriptures (Luke 24:45). When Jesus opens our eyes, we begin to recognize the dangers we did not even see before. “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death” (Proverbs 14:12). Lord, give us eyes to see!

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