Women of War

To all you feminists out there, get ready for a biblical wild ride. Long before there was Quentin Tarantino and that long legged blonde from Kill Bill. God had some real sisters, of His own. Some people would have us believe that God just don’t care about certain woman’s issues. Or, for that matter, He has some sort of issue with strong women, wise women, mothers, weeping women, wailing women and ruthless women.  Some of these women are deemed invisible, vilified, not appreciated and marginalized by society. Well, with God, it ain’t so. Just read His Word.

There are two women in the bible that need a little mention. I mean, if these stories got just a little more attention, say on National Woman Day, Mother’s Day, and even good’ ol Secretaries Day it would at least shed a whole heap of light in that dark minded place.

Well, the Prophetess Deborah, told Barak, “Arise! For this is the day in which the LORD has given Sisera into your hands; behold, the LORD has gone out before you.” So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand men following him.”

They chased Sisera’s army to the edge…and over the cliff but Sisera got away. This guy ran up the hill and down the mountain trying to save his life. Just then, he runs into Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite. There had been peace so Sisera asked to stay in the Jael’s tent.

“18Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said to him, “Turn aside, my master, turn aside to me! Do not be afraid.” And he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug. 19He said to her, “Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.” So she opened a bottle of milk and gave him a drink; then she covered him. 20He said to her, “Stand in the doorway of the tent, and it shall be if anyone comes and inquires of you, and says, ‘Is there anyone here?’ that you shall say, ‘No.’” 21But Jael, Heber’s wife, took a tent peg and seized a hammer in her hand, and went secretly to him and drove the peg into his temple, and it went through into the ground; for he was sound asleep and exhausted. So he died.”  Judges 4:18-21

Next scene, Barak shows up at  Jael’s house and it goes something like this, ‘Hey Barak, that guy you’re looking for, he’s in here. Clearly, Jael is a ride or die kinda chick.

Now some women just won’t put up with nothing disturbing their peace of mind and their families. And, that’s what happened here. Back story, there happened to be a troublemaker there named Sheba son of Bicri, a man from the tribe of Benjamin. Sheba blew a ram’s horn and began to chant: “Down with the dynasty of David! We have no interest in the son of Jesse.”

So right there we know there’s a fight cause David, he just don’t play. Anyhow, Sheba’s people start drama in this town and when Joab arrived he took a battering ram to the door of her fortress, in Abel-beth-maacah.

“16 But a wise woman in the town called out to Joab, “Listen to me, Joab. Come over here so I can talk to you.” 17 As he approached, the woman asked, “Are you Joab?”

“I am,” he replied.

So she said, “Listen carefully to your servant.”

“I’m listening,” he said.

18 Then she continued, “There used to be a saying, ‘If you want to settle an argument, ask advice at the town of Abel.’ 19 I am one who is peace loving and faithful in Israel. But you are destroying an important town in Israel.[e] Why do you want to devour what belongs to the Lord?”

20 And Joab replied, “Believe me, I don’t want to devour or destroy your town! 21 That’s not my purpose. All I want is a man named Sheba son of Bicri from the hill country of Ephraim, who has revolted against King David. If you hand over this one man to me, I will leave the town in peace.”

“All right,” the woman replied, “we will throw his head over the wall to you.” 22 Then the woman went to all the people with her wise advice, and they cut off Sheba’s head and threw it out to Joab. So he blew the ram’s horn and called his troops back from the attack. They all returned to their homes, and Joab returned to the king at Jerusalem.  2 Samuel 20: 16-22.

A tent peg to the head or toss his head over the wall…either way…gotta love a sister with a good arm.

And, a God that loves a woman who at all costs will protect her family, community and her nation. So much so, He included her victories in His book.

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