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Deborah and Jael; Assignments Accomplished

***Article up-dated in order to reference scripture verses; originally posted 08/10/2014***

While reading through the book of Judges in the Old Testament, a rather unusual story can be found in the story of Deborah, and her ensuing song. (Judges 4 and 5)

The Lord elected a woman named Deborah to be the Judge of Israel. She was also a prophetess. In her song, during which she sings praises to the God of Israel…she describes herself first as a mother. This, to her, was her most important role.

***Jdg 5:7    The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

***Jdg 5:12    Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam. (Where else do we read this phrase about leading “captivity captive?”)

She goes on, in her song, to speak about the ultimate victory over the Canaanite army and over their commander, Sisera, while she praises God. (When she prophesied to Barak, who The Lord called out to lead Israel’s forces against the mighty Caananites…he told her that he WOULD lead the Jewish offensive, but only if Deborah would accompany him. He would not go alone.)

Deborah willingly accompanying Barak after telling him that the victory would be his, per her prophecy…but he also should know that the person to whom the glory would go for that victory would not be him. It would go to…a woman.

(In those days women were considered chattel. Less than second class citizens. And here we have a woman, Deborah, leading all of Israel..her position being set by God, as all our leaders are chosen.)

***Jdg 4:8    And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.

As a result of his action, in asking Deborah to accompany him, or he would not follow God’s command….both understood that a second woman; also chosen by God, would ultimately bring down the great military leader (Sisera) who had been plaguing the Israelites for 20 years; and that this second woman would be on the receiving end of the accolades due a hero. Or rather…a heroine. Barak would win no acclaim for the victory, a victory which was guaranteed by The Lord Himself!)

***Jdg 4:9    And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.

As the tale unfolds, we learn further that there is a member of the Kenite tribe (a desert tribe, of which Moses’ father-in-law was a member) who has set his tent up in an area apart from the rest of his people. This man is serving as a lookout for the Canaanites, and is keeping Sisera aware of the whereabouts of Barak and his men. His name is Heber.

***Jdg 4:11    Now Heber the Kenite, which was of the children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which is by Kedesh.

Israel and Canaan become engaged in battle. The Lord then steps in to win the conflict as He promised He would do, sending a massive rain storm. All the chariots and weaponry of the powerful army led by Sisera…become bogged down in the mud;

***Jdg 5:21    The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.

…and those troops are soundly trounced by Barak and his small army. Not only trounced, but each and every one of them is slain.

***Jdg 4:16    But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left.

***Jdg 5:20    They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.

All slain except for their leader, Sisera, who flees, running past the tent of Heber the Kenite.
A woman named Jael, the wife of Heber…stands at the door and invites this mud-covered Sisera inside.

***Jdg 4:17    Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite: for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.
4:18    And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not. And when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she covered him with a mantle.

When Sisera asked for water, she brought him…milk. Picture that milk being warmed for him. Doesn’t warm milk induce sleep? She drew a cover over him. Made him feel safe and warm. Made him comfortable. He fell asleep. (She was a picture of hospitality, which was so important in that desert community. She gave him more than he asked for. She was also following the Lord’s lead.)

***Jdg 5:25    He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.

At the moment he was sleeping soundly …she put her able hands on a tent peg, took a hammer, and applied each in the proper sequence to the proper body part; killing him; driving the peg through his skull. (Note that she used no special tools…no special weaponry. She used the objects with which she was familiar, for the women of that time were responsible for erecting the tents when the tribe moved from place to place. She was adept at placing tent pegs where they needed to go.)

***Jdg 5:26    She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen’s hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.

Then, when Barak came by, searching for Sisera, Jael called him into her tent, and showed him the slain body of Israel’s arch enemy. Dead on the ground.
At the hands of… a woman.

***Jdg 4:22    And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.

Deborah’s prophecy was fulfilled.

As a result of this episode….Jael was called “blessed above women. Blessed shall she be above women of the tent.”

***Jdg 5:24    Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent.

Think about it. There is only one other woman in all of scripture who is called blessed. That woman was Mary, the mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Deborah…who was first a mother, was also a prophetess and a Judge of all Israel; the woman in charge of her country. The one to whom all came in order to resolve problems. The leader of the Nation Israel.
Jael: probably a mother; unknown to the world at large, residing humbly in a tent.
A woman whose life was spent in the background, as compared to Deborah’s life. Carrying out her day to day duties in relative obscurity.
Yet, ultimately called blessed above women of the tent! By the Holy Ghost, through the pen of the author of the book of Judges.

Do you think that because you are at home, caring for your family, doing the daily, endless tasks that are required of one who is managing the home front…that you may not be called to do great things for our Lord and Savior?

In this age we are told that a woman must subjugate herself to a man. But the bible says that a woman…a wife…must submit herself to her husband. It does not say that women as a whole are inferior to men. In this very example, a woman is chosen to carry out God’s will.

Jael knew exactly what she needed to do, in order to carry out God’s plan for her. And for Israel. All for God’s glory, in the end. Those were far different times, for the battle then was physical, obvious and earthly.

In this dispensation, the battle is unseen, invisible, spiritual and heavenly. But do not think that you cannot be called to carry out a role not usually assigned to women; something not usually a “woman’s thing” per the world’s definition.

We are not privy to knowing HIS plan for us, or for the world, except for what the Holy Spirit reveals to us via the scriptures. Never fall for the messages that you can only “count” for something if you are out there in the world, away from your family…making a “name” in some sort of business venture. That is the voice of “you-know-who” calling to you. The one who is currently ruling the world! Satan himself.

Deborah was a prominent ruler in those days, per the Lord’s election. Think of her description of herself. That she was first, a mother. A “working” mom. Yet, in her case…called out to fulfill her position of leadership by God Himself.

***Jdg 5:7    The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

Then..we have Jael. At home. Carrying out those daily sometimes grinding and thankless tasks.
A “stay-at-home” mom.

Her home was the place God sent the enemy so that she could vanquish him, Right IN her personal space…and then, when her brave task was completed, she was called “blessed above the women in the tents.” (Very brave as well, for she could only have one “shot” at carrying out the work she needed to do. If she had missed the mark, or if her heart and hand failed her, she would have been slain by her intended “victim.” If he lived, and did not kill her, her husband would have been required by the tribal laws to slay her…because there was a man other than her husband in her tent.)

What a huge lesson we read here…to “never discount the small things.” Never let go of the peace of God, which allows for a calm perspective in the midst of a crisis or an emergency. (Jael’s thoughts and actions were focused, precise: under control; powerful.)

Even if our entire life revolves around caring for our family and our home, this story reminds us to “be aware.” To know our surroundings…know what is happening around us. Know when things are amiss. Know..when action is required.

There may be a spiritual “Sisera” just around the corner, who will soon come into your tent. (Who is it that you listen to on radio, or watch on TV? You are inviting him into your “tent.”)
But God will empower you to properly rid yourself of him, for if he is harming you, he is also harming the body of Christ, of which you are a member.
The end result being the “riddance” of a “virtual” Sisera; to glorify God, and then, to strengthen the Body of Christ.

Never disregard the small things.

***Zec 4:10    For who hath despised the day of small things?

The small things. One’s home. One’s familiar tools. One moment in time.

Be strong in Christ. Stand firm. Be confident in His strength.

***Luk 16:10    He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

Remember…..

***Rom 15:4    For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

***Eph 2:10    For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Maranatha…

Louise Hudson…in His service.

~The following quotes were taken from an internet article…

***””The story of Deborah and Jael is important in the Bible because it teaches us that God delivers His people when they call on Him and that God is not opposed to using women to lead. So maybe we shouldn’t worry too much about what other people will say; instead, we should seek to know God and to obey His directions–even if they seem to be contrary to expectations and cultural norms.”

“While Mary was unquestionably blessed among women, as already stated, Scripture does not say she was blessed above women. Furthermore, she being blessed in this manner is not unique to her alone. Jael is described in a similar fashion.

Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent. (Judg 5:24, KJV)”***

The Form of the Trial

(This writer had just come to the realization that she was holding onto bits and pieces of her past life “talents”: those that were hers prior to becoming a Disciple of Yeshua. The ensuing discussion had centered around the fact that surrendering these things will certainly lead to more surveillance from the adversary because the Holy Spirit will be acquiring more “space” in her mortal envelope! Satan notices these things. And so…the article below is written in response to that discussion about the trials and tribulations endured by those of us in the Faith; how the trials, testing will increase as we draw closer to The Lord and our relationship with Him deepens and matures.)

As Paul says in 1 Timothy……..
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

It’s the anticipation of awaiting the form that the trial will take…but then, perhaps this too is a trial…for even anticipation removes one’s eyes from the eternal.

You see… In my own experience, I had given up all my overt old habits…with just a few “little” slips into the creative world. (There was a dream. In it, I was told that I could either be “wise In the word” or…really good in my craftsmanship. That they could not mix. I chose “wisdom.” And then was told that a lot of sorrow would accompany the “wisdom” selection. I kept that choice anyway. The dream ended abruptly.)

I have/had a passion for baking and cooking…I love the chemistry of it all…and it took up a large part of my time. “But God”… really gave me the message that this should all be in the past. Not just this cooking thing…but all past passions, talents…for, when I start to do anything, it becomes all-absorbing. I completely lose track of time. And then…I am not focused on Him!!!

This all hit me only last week. Listening to a teaching, the Holy Spirit made some of the words dance in front of my eyes. It only took three years to completely get through to me, for I am a slow study. He is now providing all my food. (The cooking and baking and eating time has already been taken from me. That was the first…)

He is making circumstances such that I must lean on Him for everything. Had a nifty idea for a bracelet for my granddaughter…started with the beads and the jewelry tools…and yet another “message” hit me between the eyes. I could not finish it, and must also put that in the past. I had a week of mourning.

Yet, I dabbled here and there in various projects…small ones….and The Lord had patience…but showed me that I am wrong. Like…well, just reading about the newest recipes isn’t really bad…but it is, for my eyes have taken in my old nemesis and a yearning begins to grow and to just “try” that recipe…and old Satan has successfully convinced me that it is just a “little” time I am giving that recipe. Satan 1, Louise 0.

The touchdown still to be determined, for words are cheap and actions must now be the determining factor. The leaven has to go. That yarn is leaven. The card stock is leaven. The beads and the tools..the reading of recipes…all leaven, for they draw me back to doing “small” projects. And I have “winked” at the small diversions.

I know that we have already won the battle. Satan has already been condemned…he is just awaiting his formal imprisonment. The war was won at the resurrection. And we are on the winning side for our faith is strong in our Saviour. And yet, every day old Adam creeps in…for the things I do not want to do…I do.

Our walk is blameless, for God looks down on us and sees only His Son. But I want to be a friend of God. Which means a closer walk. Which points to Enoch who walked with Him in the evenings and then was taken up…much like we will be in the soon Rapture. We are in the evening now…the walk must be tighter, closer, and more submissive and that; only through the Spirit’s strength…not our own.

It is funny…many who I have admired in the past…we would get together in the evenings and talk. When I worked. We would stay after hours and just talk. The evenings have always been very special to me. And those other people seemed to fit into the mold. End of the day. Cool of the evening. Put the tasks of the day to rest. Clean up. Physically and mentally.

THIS evening…the one in which we now live…is the most special. Which means every day we who share various portions of His body should also share these moments of revelation…for it often seems that writers have it all under control, and are not affected by the daily poisonous barbs thrown at them by the adversary.

HE does not just change one’s life completely…but still gives many choices and options while the growing process continues.

Maybe this will help a fellow believer who wonders why his or her fellowship with Christ is not progressing…the the Spirit will latch those eyes of that person onto this article. Much as HE took hold of me over the past several weeks.

Doesn’t all of this sound silly? Candy eggs and knitting yarn and making jewelry. Printing and developing themes and using many different color techniques to achieve the design. Molding and working clay. All of it…goes. A sense of relief is building in me, for the “cleaning out” makes room for incoming tools of the new trades. The new talents. Some as yet unknown.

How thankful we are to know Him, yet more thankful to know He knows us.

Maranatha…
Louise Hudson

2 Corinthians 12:9, 10
**And He said unto me, “MY grace is sufficient for thee; for MY strength is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak…then I am strong.**