Thank you Carrie for the welcome note. Yes the question was troubling and got confusing as I was reading a comment of a Pastor that he believed that Jephthah did sacrifice his daughter but as I read the Bible I found:
Judges 11:38 And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains. 11:39 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel, 11:40 That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.
‘she knew no man’ would mean nothing if she was offered as a burnt offering.
‘It was a custom in Israel.’ sacrificing humans was not a custom but consecrating men and women as perpetual dedication and vow of virginity was what the custom was.
God does not accept what he prohibits. His laws could not be bent and accepted by Him. We need to remember that Jesus came to fulfill the law.
But the question was intriguing.