When I was growing up my older brother loved watching all of the karate, Kung Fu and Bruce Lee movies. The problem was that once the movie ended my brother would feel “empowered” and start kicking and karate chopping everything in sight, including me. It was very annoying then but pretty funny now as I think back on it. My point is that when I read the story of Jael I feel empowered in much the same way. Now I’d like to share this story from scripture with you and perhaps you’ll feel like you too can slay any difficulty standing in the way of your victory
In the book of Judges (Ch.4-5) there’s a story about how Barack and Deborah go to battle with Sisera, the commander of King Jabin’s army. I want to focus on the hero of this story. Her name is Jael and she was not an Israelite. She was the wife of Heber the Kenite who lived in the plain of Zaanaim near Kedesh. The Lord gave King Jabins army into Barak’s hands and pursued the chariots and army as far as Harosheth Haggoyim, and all Sisera’s troops fell by the sword; not a man was left.
17 Sisera, meanwhile, fled on foot to the tent of Jael because there was an alliance between Jabin king of Hazor and the family of Heber the Kenite. Jael went out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Come, my lord, come right in. Don’t be afraid.” So he entered her tent, and she covered him with a blanket.
Awe how kind of her right?
I guess the commander was feeling safe because he says to her “I’m thirsty, please give me some water.” She opened a skin of milk, gave him a drink, and covered him up.
Sisera then commands her on what to do next.
“Stand in the doorway of the tent,” he told her. “If someone comes by and asks you, ‘Is anyone in there?’ say ‘No.’
I can only imagine what she must’ve been thinking. “The most wanted man is drooling inside my tent and it’ll only be a matter of time before Barak and his army show up looking for him.” Pacing in the door way of her tent, sweat bubbling on her upper lip she wonders “What do I do?” Then she sees them. The pegs she and Heber hammered into the ground so many times before on the plain of Zaanaim. Now she knows exactly what to do next.
21 Jael, Heber’s wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the peg through his temple into the ground, and he died.
22 Just then Barak came by in pursuit of Sisera, and Jael went out to meet him. “Come,” she said, “I will show you the man you’re looking for.” So he went in with her, and there lay Sisera with the tent peg through his temple—DEAD.
You guys this woman was fierce and I’ve decided I want to be just like her when I grow up. I don’t literally want to drive a peg through anyone’s skull but I do want to handle my troubles, hardship and obstacles that way.
When Jael woke up in the morning she had no idea what lie ahead of her that day but no doubt she was ready for it.
Our struggles in the modern world aren’t about battles taking place at our front doors or about wicked army commanders intruding our homes. Or are they?
Satan and wickedness are very real and make no mistake about it he is no puppy. The word Satan means “adversary, one who plots against another,” from satan “to show enmity to, oppose, plot against,” (https://www.etymonline.com/word/satan) We are in a war against the powers of darkness and rulers of the air. Their ominous presence is unseen, but lurking none the less. The bible says that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence. Meaning there are those that want it abolished and destroyed. It also says but the violent take it by force. Meaning we have to aggressively take it by force from the enemies of our soul. He doesn’t want you to have life and he definitely doesn’t want you to have joy, peace or love. We have to be aware of his lies and schemes and we have to crush them with all the faith we’ve got. The word of God is described as the sword of the spirit. Fight back with scripture and truth.
When the enemy of your peace subtly whispers that you will never be whole, that this is your demise that you will struggle with this addiction, sickness or abuse for the rest your life. Tell him that is written the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; but Jesus came that we may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
When he tells you that you’re not good enough, you’re not smart enough or strong enough. Tell him it is written I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. (Phi. 4:13)
When he tells you that life will better without you in it tell him it is written I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done. (Ps.118:17)
Tell that Satan to GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD and while you’re at it take the truth of God and CRUSH HIS HEAD WITH IT.
God is our source. His word is our weapon. His truth is our hope.