This is a continuation of Judges 4. Judges 4, we have seen discusses the character of Deborah. What’s interesting is that the Hebrew word דבר actually means “to speak” and דברה means “she spoke”. So I guess this Deborah character in the Bible would have been in complete animosity toward a guy like Paul (1 Cor. 14:34 and 1 Tim. 2:12). But we must get onto Jael. So basically, Barak is going after this Sisera character (coward vs. coward) and this Sisera guy gets thirsty from attempting to run away from Barak and low and behold he meets a very friendly welcoming wagon – Jael! Jael takes care of him and gives him milk (she’s so nice!). Unfortunately, he gets tired, and, needless to say, doesn’t wake up in the morning.
Barak comes into the tent of Jael and sees Sisera lying dead. So Jael pretty much stole the poor guy’s kill! He can’t even escape with his humility from this situation (he must feel sad). Ironically, though, the next chapter actually has Deborah and Barak singing a song together so perhaps he wasn’t actually so humiliated after all as most uber-patriarchs might expect. You never know, this story could just be communicating to us people that women and men can sometimes break the boundaries of what we might expect. Anyway, read the story of Jael and Sisera yourself!
Judges 4:17-22 – 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. (ESV)
Such an awesome story!
(“Careful, not too hard, that might leave a headache, ow.”