Jephthah made a promise, a promise that was ill-conceived and cost him and his daughter dearly. And we still make the same kind of promises for the same kinds of reasons... our own greed, our own ambition, our own insecurities.
Samson is one of those biblical heroes that we often only know a little about. He was the strong man with the long hair. But he was a violent bully who led Israel in a time of conflict. Do we get the leaders we need? Or the ones we deserve?