So I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this, but the stories in the Bible aren’t the cute, clean stories that we were taught in Sunday school at church. I’m not saying that we were feed lies as children, but there are definitely things that they left out whenever they were read certain Bible stories to us. I think that it’s for the best though. You wouldn’t take you five year old to see an R rated movie. The story that I wanted to share with you is one of those stories.
If you guys want to read the story for yourselves it’s in Judges 4:1-24. Many times during this period in history for the Israelites they did what was right in their own eyes. In other words, They Did What They Want! During those times, God appointed a prophet to oversee things and get the people of Israel to stop doing whatever they wanted and start doing what God wanted them to do. One of the prophets that God chose was a woman named Deborah. For some reason the people of Israel were always under attack from neighboring kingdoms wanting to conquer their lands. (This happened typically whenever Israel wasn’t doing what God told them to do…Hmm….)
Deborah got a message from God to get this guy Barak, and fight the current people that were causing some war like problems.
Barak said, “If you go with me, I will go, but if you will not go with me, I will not go.” Deborah answered him saying, “I will surely go with you. Nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.”
Sisera = current bad guy. So Deborah went with Barak and the ended up fighting Sisera’s army. They ended up winning, but Sisera had run away trying to save his own skin. He managed to make in, on foot, to the tent of Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite ( a man with whom he was currently at peace with). When she saw him, Jael had him come into her home. He thanked her and asked for some water because he was thirsty. She gave him milk to drink, and covered him with a rug to sleep.
He said to her, “Stand at the opening of the tent, and if any man comes and asks you, ‘Is anyone here?’ say, No.”
Though, as soon as Sisera was asleep, Jael took a tent peg and a hammer and drove the peg into Sisera’s temple until it went into the ground. Since Barak was following Sisera’s trail, he came upon Jael’s tent.
Jael went out to him saying, “Come, and I will show you the man who you are seeking.”
In this way what Deborah said was fulfilled. Sisera met his end at the hands of a woman. I would just like to point out that the tent peg that Jael used wasn’t a little aluminium tent peg that I use whenever I go camping. This thing was strong enough to help hold up a huge, heavy tent. There was probably a lot of wind in that region, so it also had to be strong enough to withstand the winds that were so eager to pull the tent away.
Side note with all of this: Whenever the men of Israel failed to step up and do what God commanded them to do, He often times used women to carry out His will. I think that it’s important for women to do things in the church and stuff, but if God is commanding the men to do something and they aren’t, then they better notice that the women are doing their jobs and start stepping up. Once again, side note.
And to end this lovely talk, here is a pic I found on Google just by searching for tent pegs.