Sunday, March 28, 2010

Two Super Women of God

Barak said to her, "If you go with me, I will go; but if you don't go with me, I won't go."

"Very well," Deborah said, "I will go with you. But because of the way you are going about this, the honor will not be yours, for the LORD will hand Sisera over to a woman." So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh, where he summoned Zebulun and Naphtali. Ten thousand men followed him, and Deborah also went with him. – Judges 4: 8-10

So now we are in the period of Israel’s history where the judges are running things. Joshua has died and when the people fall away from God, a judge rises up to help lead the people back to the right path. In this case it was a prophetess named Deborah.

She tells Barak to get some troops together and go out and wage war for Israel’s freedom. But there’s one problem with this strategy.

He’s scared.

He won’t go unless she comes. So, she obliges.

She leads the Israeli forces in battle and they slaughter the enemy. The last thing left to do is capture and kill the general of the other army, Sisera.

So Barak is hunting him down; but, who actually gets him? A woman named Jael.

Sisera sought refuge in her house because her husband was friendly with his king. Little did he know how gangsta she was…

"Stand in the doorway of the tent," he told her. "If someone comes by and asks you, 'Is anyone here?' say 'No.' "

But 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. – Judges 4: 20-21

Goodnight Sisera.

How ruggedly down for the team was she? Hey, it was rough times in Israel. Many of the Israelites had turned away from God and the neighboring countries have invaded the Promised Land. And in a moment of desperation who comes through?

The women.

There’s that saying that behind every great man is a great woman. That may be true, but that does not mean that the woman must be behind.

We need strong female leadership now just like Israel did back then.

Plus, is there anything sexier than a strong woman of purpose?

Rhetorical question…

Today’s Reading: Judges 4-6; Luke 4:31-44

1 comment:

  1. I am so reading this tomorrow. We were reading from the Book of Ruth today in Sunday School, but I think I need to read about a gangsta woman in the Bible too, not just the good daughter! Amen! LOL


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