August 18th, 2018
Bet You Do Not Want to Go Camping with Jael
Judges 4:21 (KJB) Then Jael Heber’s wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.
Heber instructed his wife Jael to allow this man who was an adversary, named Sisera, into her tent for protecting and certain safety for the night. She did what her husband asked most willingly. However, for reasons we do not know, Jael conceived alternate plans for his stay once he was resting quietly inside her tent.
She did allow him in and covered him with a mantle. The Bible says that the moment he was relaxed and sleeping, she picked up a tent nail and proceeded to drive it into his head. Though we do not know exactly why she chose to do this, she horrendously killed her husband’s ally.
The very next day the enemies came searching for this man named Sisera eventually looked in her tent and found him dead from a tent spike driven into his head.
Even though we cannot make much sense about this event, and the fact that this wicked murder was allowed by the hand of God and did take place in ancient biblical times a few thousand years ago. It was divinely recorded as a victory for Israel. Sometimes God works in marvelous and utterly mysterious ways that we cannot fully understand or explain from our limited vantage point in this world.
Suffice it to say, not many people familiar with this would desire to go camping or further to fall asleep in a tent in the company of a woman named Jael.
There is nothing personal further recorded about this murderous event, or about Jael, Sisera, or her husband. This strange and hostile happening marked the blessing of Jael’s life (Judges 5:24) the end of the life of Sisera, and a celebrated triumph for Israel as Sisera was an enemy to God’s land.