Judges 4:21 But Jael, Heber’s wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to Sisera while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the tent peg through his temple and into the ground, and he died.
Um, wow. Jael’s a little bit passionate here. She doesn’t just kill him, she totally pins him to the ground with a tent peg. The powerful, evil Sisera doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving his encounter with this little Hebrew woman. Do you ever wonder how she pulled it off?
I think she knows she’s only got one shot at this. She knows she can’t take him in a fight, so she’s got to get him while he’s sleeping and then she has to make her one move count. Brilliant.
If women would treat their enemies like this more often, they would be unstoppable. Honestly, I think that women are often slaves to their own mercy gift and need-to-nurture tendencies, when sometimes they just need to stinkin’ throw a spear or a rock or a fist at the face of the thing that keeps trying to hold them back, shut them down, and take their purity, passion and hope.
God, may an army of Jael’s rise up and demolish the plans of darkness in their lives and – by consequence – save another, or a nation, or a generation. May they understand the strategy of the enemy towards women and refuse to bend or bow or shrink back.
Hoping to be like Jael when I grow up,