A FAVORED PEGBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
"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. 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. And he said unto her, 'Give me, I pray thee, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him. Again he said unto her, 'Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall be, when any man doth come and inquire of thee, and say, 'Is there any man here?', that thou shalt say, 'No.' Then Jael, Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took a 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. And behold as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, 'Come, and I will show thee the man thou seekest.' And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples. So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel."Judges 4:17-23-----Sisera served as a valiant conquering general to Jabin, King of Canaan (Israel's enemy.) Subduing and crushing peoples and nations before him, he utilized his great force of chariots to bring many to death and servant subjection. The chariots served their purpose wonderfully for a time but chariots are only chariots and, in the end, no match for the sovereign strength and might of Jehovah God.Finding himself at witt's end and with sure and certain defeat determined against him, Sisera seeks refuge in the security of a known Kennite (ally to the Canaanite) woman's home.Hmmm ...He picked the wrong woman.Jael is a favored peg in the hand of God.Jael is indeed, a Kennite, but she is also a courageous, earnest lover of God's people and has, in her arsenal, a ready tent peg for the day of this unforeseen battle.Tent peg and hammer in hand, she commits a gruesome, repulsive act ... but one which leads to the salvation and deliverance of Israel from her enemies:Replacing the milk with a tent peg, Jael pacifies and puts Sisera to sleep, and then drives the peg into the temple of Sisera's head and secures him to his final place of resting.Sisera received a little more than milk that day.The battle had been won by a woman "favored" by God and composed of wisdom, courage, and diplomacy;The battle had been won, ultimately, in the strength of the Lord, and through a favored peg named Jael.-----This story offers an effective challenge in looking at God's favor, timeliness, and selection.A tent peg and a hammer are able instruments in the hands of God's "favorable" ones, and we never know what He might He do through us, what He might give to us, and where He might lead us in the securing of a God-glorifying victory!-----What we do know is that God will supply us, His "favorable" ones, with everything needed to accomplish victory in our lives. We must:-Utilize the arsenal of His word,-The strength of His Spirit, -The wisdom of His guidance,Be obedient to His directive no matter what, and He will supply us with everything needed for sure and certain victory.No man preventing.God provides more than milk to His favored ones.We must work with the "tent peg" He puts in our hands ...and fight courageously. Favored Pegs.------
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