Judges 4, 5:24-27
Jael was married to Heber. Heber was an ally of King Jabin. Jabin’s army was led by Sisera. The Israelites were fighting against Sisera’s army and defeating them badly. However, Judges 4:17 tells us that Sisera himself ran away from the fighting to Jael and Heber. Jael invites him into her tent and offers him something to drink. She then covers him with a blanket and Sisera asks her to stand at the door and not let anyone know he is there. Because Sisera now feels safe, he falls asleep. But Jael is not Sisera’s ally. She knows that the Israelites are God’s chosen people and so she takes a tent peg and drives it into the head of God’s enemy! She has killed the head of Jabin’s army. God’s people have victory!!
Jael was not a great warrior. She wasn’t even an Israelite! We don’t know a lot about her. But we do know that she did know who God’s chosen people were. She was willing to be used of God to fulfill His plan. According to the scriptures she never told Sisera she would protect him, she just let him believe what he wished. But she fought on God’s side. Jael shows us that you don’t have to be someone “special” to be used by God. You just have to be willing. We need a heart after God’s will and then He will use us.
Act out Jael and Sisera in the tent. Remind your kids that God often uses “unimportant” people to do important work for His kingdom.