Scripture Reading: Judges 4:1-5:31 / John 4:43-5:15 / Psalm 57:1-6
The most creative job in the world involves fashion, decorating, recreation, education, transportation, psychology, romance, cuisine, literature, art, economics, government, pediatrics, entertainment, maintenance, law, religion, energy and management. Anyone who can handle all these things has to be somebody special but who has that type of job description? A Mother!
The most important people in the world are mothers…often overlooked and under appreciated. Israel had spent 20 years in bondage to the Canaanites and King Jabin. Israel was defenseless and crushed. Men’s hearts were despondent but there was a woman/mother named Deborah whose heart burned with passion and faith. God used her mightily in the prophetic and Israel turned to her for wisdom, direction and judgment. She was honored and revered among the Israelites.
She prophetically spoke to Barak to lead 10,000 Israelites against the forces of Jabin. God said, “I will lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.” (Judges 4:7) This divinely appointed man looked at Deborah and said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.” (vs.8)
Barak possibly spoke out of fear but a greater probability is he spoke knowing Deborah’s importance. Barak could lead an army but he needed Deborah to inspire it. The strength and anointing on her life was just as important to the victory than what Barak could bring. Deborah agreed to go but said, “The honor will not be yours, for the Lord will hand Sisera over to a woman.” (vs.9)
God did deliver Israel through the inspiration of Deborah and the fighting skill of Barak. Both were exalted and praised but God used another woman to bring the life of Sisera to an end! Jael was a “tentmaker”, the wife of a Bedouin who frequently moved their tents to different grazing spots. Jael was skilled with a hammer, driving new tent pegs every time they pitched the tent.
Sisera fled by foot to Jael’s tent after routed by Israel. He took refuge in her tent, believing it was a secretive and a safe place. Jael did not regard Sisera as a friend but a cruel, ruthless and wicked man. Sisera broke an Eastern custom by intruding in a woman’s tent; enforceable by a death penalty…little did he know it was about to be carried out! While he slept, Jael drove a tent peg through his temple.
Later Deborah sings, “Most blessed of women be Jael…” (5:24) God used a woman and He still does today! Family victories that are won, advancements that are made and dreams that are secured come through mothers of all shapes, sizes and skills. So Moms, get those hammers of faith, hope and trust out and get ready to use them. God still defeats the enemy when a mother… has a hammer in her hands!