By: Darrelyn L. TuttToday's Meditation: Judges 4:17-23"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-----Ladder Rung: J417SJ and S are the first and last letters of Judges.Selection of words to aid in memory:Jackhammered Sisera.Forceful word imagery capturing the courage, wisdom, and strength of Jael.4:17 is our reference.At 4:00 PM we'll rehearse our passage x1 in an original form (whisper, sing, speak aloud.)We'll select 7 words that stick out to us in the passage and aid us in our meditation throughout the day.-----Sisera served as valiant conquering general to Jabin, King of Canaan.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 to 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 indeed, a Kennite, but she is also a courageous and earnest lover of God's people and has, in her arsenal, a ready steady 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.The battle has been won by a woman of wisdom, courage, and diplomacy;The battle has been won in the strength of the Lord.-----This story offers an effective challenge to the way we deal with sin in our lives:A tent peg and a hammer are the things that "get 'er done."A serious approach to sin and an act of courageous conviction, in the removal of it, are favorable and desirable qualities to God:Utilize the arsenal of His word, The strength of His Spirit, The wisdom of His guidance,And be obedient to His directive ...and He will supply you with everything you need for sure and certain victory.God be praised.The battle belongs to the Lord.====Great and mighty Father,Secure me this day to the loving providence and strength of Thy word.Strengthen me, by Thy great might, with an arsenal of Thy absolute authoritative word. Tether me to Thy truth.Tie me and bind me to Thy Spirit.Hold fast my wavering and wandering spirit and grant me courage to perform all that Thou has planned for me in advance.Let Satan's devices be thwarted and let his demise be observed:In Christ and through Christ,The head of the serpant is crushed and brought to his end.To Thy great glory we give Thee praise;Let victory be obtained in the strength of the Lord.Amen.
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