|The scene of the first
Star Point is laid beyond the Jordan River in Mizpah, the home of Jephthah, and the
surrounding country, some ninety miles northeast from Jerusalem and thirty miles southeast
of the sea of Galilee. The countries east of the Jordan, beginning with the Land of Moab,
toward the north are Ammon and Gilead.
At the very beginning we may say that nowhere in the Bible do we find the name of Jephthah's daughter. She is mentioned by the phrase "Jephthah's daughter." Modern usage, however, attaches the name of Adah, and as such she is known to the members of the Order of the Eastern Star.
The vow that Jephthah made unto the Lord is considered by some writers as an extremely unfortunate one, and the great blunder of his life. He doubtless wanted to have every assurance of success and thus vowed a vow unto the Lord, which cost him the life of his daughter. Viewed from the human point of view he may have been incomprehensibly rash in making such a convenant or vow, yet when once made and success had crowned his efforts, he could not well turn back, notwithstanding the efforts that were made by the elders of Gilead to save him from making so great a human sacrifice. His daughter was perfectly willing that her life should be sacrificed and thus fulfill her father's obligation unto Jehovah. And after all, if Jephthah's vow was to be fulfilled by a human sacrifice, whom other than his own daughter would you suggest for its fulfillment? In conclusion may we say in the dying words of President McKinley; "It is God's way. His will be done."
moves in a mysterious way,
Father, father, the joyful minstrel sung --
Our Star life's not always easy,
(Written by Mark Keller/Dianna Gillard (Mass. Grand Chapter). Printed with permission.)
picture of Adah and her father Jephthah is the center of a collection of paintings of our
Star Points painted on the ceiling of the State Dining Room at the International Temple in
Washington D.C. by local artist Eric Adkins (1996).
Each Star Point is painted on one of the major panels in the ceiling. The several emblems and flowers represented by our heroines are painted on smaller panels.
Members are invited to visit the Temple at 1618 New Hampshire Ave., NW Washington, D.C.
"Wind Beneath My Wings" (from public domain) is playing in the background.