Women of a New Season: If I had a hammer



Judges 4: 21: Then Jael, Heber’s wife took a tent peg and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple and it went down into the ground, for he was fast asleep and weary. So, he died.
If you aren’t familiar with this story, I encourage you to read Judges Chapter Four. Deborah was Judge in Israel at that time.  Times were bad.  It wasn’t safe to walk down the road to a neighbor’s house to borrow a cup of sugar or visit over coffee. (Modern vernacular).
The Lord’s people had once again done evil in His sight, so He sold them into the hand of Jabin, king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor.  His commander of the army was a man named Sisera.  In the midst of battle, in which Sisera was losing, he fled on foot and decided to take refuge in the tent of Heber the Kenite, because he knew there was peace between King Jabin and the Kenite.
Suffice to say that Jael and her husband’s politics and religion were not in agreement.  When she saw Sisera she went out to greet him and bid him to turn into her tent to rest. He was battle worn and weary and needed the shelter and the rest.  He asked her for water to quench his thirst, but she gave him a jug of milk and covered him with a blanket.
A little side bar here to help you grasp all of this.  How many of you need a nap after a big Thanksgiving meal of turkey?  Most of us do. The reason, turkey is high in tryptophan, an amino acid which works to help make you sleepy. (Short cut version of the process).  Milk also is very high in tryptophan.  (Drink a warm milk to help you sleep.  Ever heard that)?
So, she gets him all snuggly in a blanket with some warm milk.  No fridge in those days. And he asks her to guard the door so to speak and falls soundly asleep. While he is sleeping, she takes a peg and a hammer and ends his life. This wasn’t a hard task for her physically, she was used to pulling up stakes, literally, and moving on, only to put the stakes into the ground yet another day.
She immediately went out to find the army of God’s people and told them to come in and she would show them the man they were seeking.
What does that have to do with us?  Plenty.  For one thing, you need to know what you believe and be ready to do whatever it takes to back it up. If you want to tell someone about Jesus, have no fear, just tell them. Never be ashamed to stand up for Christ. But the main thing I’d like you to get from the story is this, when God asks you to do something for Him, you already have at hand all you need in order to complete your assignment.
Jael had her hammer, Moses’ mom, Jochebed, had the know-how and courage to build the little basket to keep him safe in the water from the enemies of God’s children. The sinful woman had the alabaster box of fine perfumed oils, to wash the feet of Jesus. Esther had the beauty and courage to come before the king to save her people.
God wants YOU to do something for Him. And He has already placed in your life the very thing you need to complete the task. During these difficult times, when you can’t go next door to borrow sugar, or meet someone to visit over coffee, God will show YOU a way to reach out and help others.  What’s in your hand?  Until next time!
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