As part of a Bible study on Hebrews, one of the questions was – Take a poll. Ask 10 people to name their favorite Old Testament Bible character. Most said David, Elijah, or Jeremiah. One sis said Joshua. One brother said Solomon. And one brother said Jael. At the time I saw the text message, I couldn’t remember who she was, so I looked it up. That woman was something else!
But Sisera fled away on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite. And Jael came out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Turn aside, my lord; turn aside to me; do not be afraid.” So he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug. And he said to her, “Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.” So she opened a skin of milk and gave him a drink and covered him. And he said to her, “Stand at the opening of the tent, and if any man comes and asks you, ‘Is anyone here?’ say, ‘No.'” But Jael the wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand. Then she went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple until it went down into the ground while he was lying fast asleep from weariness. So he died. And behold, as Barak was pursuing Sisera, Jael went out to meet him and said to him, “Come, and I will show you the man whom you are seeking.” So he went in to her tent, and there lay Sisera dead, with the tent peg in his temple.
Judges 4:17-22 ESV
Drove the peg into his temple until it went into the ground! Wow, that was a long peg and she was getting it in with the hammer, lol. Then you have the retelling in Deborah’s song in the next chapter.
“Most blessed of women be Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, of tent-dwelling women most blessed. He asked water and she gave him milk; she brought him curds in a noble’s bowl. She sent her hand to the tent peg and her right hand to the workmen’s mallet; she struck Sisera; she crushed his head; she shattered and pierced his temple. Between her feet he sank, he fell, he lay still; between her feet he sank, he fell; where he sank, there he fell–dead.
Judges 5:24-27 ESV
And in my RSB, it states that it was considered shameful to die at the hands of a woman. So she took care of him in multiple ways, all the while fulfilling prophecy.
Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, I will go, but if you will not go with me, I will not go.” And she said, “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.” Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.
Judges 4:8-9 ESV
Amen. Wow, a tent peg.
For the July issue of Tabletalk magazine, Sproul has a great article on the Lord’s prayer – Right Now Counts Forever. In it, he says:
The next time you attend a prayer meeting, pay close attention to the manner in which individuals address God. Invariably, the form of address will be something like this, â€œOur dear heavenly Father,â€ â€œFather,â€ â€œFather God,â€ or some other form of reference to God as Father. What is the significance of this? It would seem that the instructions of our Lord in giving the model prayer, â€œThe Lordâ€™s Prayer,â€ is emulated by our propensity for addressing God as Father. Since Jesus said, â€œWhen you pray, say, â€˜Our Father,â€™â€ that form of address has become the virtual standard form of Christian prayer. Because this form of prayer is used so frequently, we often take for granted its astonishing significance.
God has only one child, His only-begotten Son, the monogenÃ§s, which restricts this filial relationship to Christ. We do not have the natural right to call God â€œFather.â€ That right is bestowed upon us only through Godâ€™s gracious work of adoption. This is an extraordinary privilege, that those who are in Christ now have the right to address God in such a personal, intimate, filial term as â€œFather.â€ Therefore, we ought never to take for granted this unspeakable privilege bestowed upon us by Godâ€™s grace.