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. ~Judges 5:26
Sometimes, when a person succeeds at something in an impressive manner, a witness of this endeavor might compliment them by saying, “You nailed it.” This morning, we are encouraged by an impressive deed performed by a woman named Jael. Jael was a one-of-a-kind woman who nailed it.
We see Jael, the companion.
She is introduced to us as Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite. Heber was related to Moses’ father-in-law, Hobab. By blood, he was a Kenite. However, by belief, he separated himself from the Kenites. He pitched his tent away from the other Kenites. Jael identified herself by belief and association through her marriage to the Israelites. She was a wife who shared the same faith belief as her husband. She identified with God’s people. The psalmist said, “I am a companion of all them that fear thee.”
We see Jael and a confederate.
Sisera was the captain of the host for Jabin, king of Canaan. Sisera was a fierce and unrelenting captain of the host of the Canaanites. Sisera was confederate to what Heber and Jael believed. Sisera was fleeing from Barak and thought to find refuge by running to the tent of Heber and Jael. In effect, he was an adversary trying to hide in their tent. We are commanded, “Neither give place to the devil.” The enemy wants to find a way into your family.
We see Jael and her cunning.
“He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.” Jael knew that Sisera was running from Barak. She knew that allowing him to stay in their tent was dangerous to her household. She exercised cunning wisdom to prevent Sisera from putting her at risk of destruction and defeat. She gave him a bottle of milk to drink and a blanket to cover himself. She had to wisely put him at a disadvantage so that she could act decisively at the right time. The Bible says that we must not be ignorant of Satan’s devices.
We see Jael and her courage.
“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.” As soon as he was fast asleep, she took two things readily-available to her that she knew how to use well: a nail and a hammer. The nail was a large tent peg that they used to secure the tent to the ground. With one well-measured thrust of the hammer to the nail, she smote Sisera in the temple of his head killed him. She exercised great courage to defeat Sisera. She did not make excuses that there were no men around, or that she was a woman much smaller in size. She used what she had and knew how to use it to defeat this foe.
We see Jael, the conqueror.
Jael is commended and praised for her incredible feat. She conquered the foe that entered into her tent. Deborah sang, “At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet, he bowed, he fell.” The God of peace bruises Satan under our feet. She was a conqueror because she had courageous faith. She decided that he could and would be defeated. Jael nailed it! You can nail it too! When you use God’s Word and prayer against the enemy, you will nail it. Don’t let the enemy find a place in your home and life. Identify where he might have entered and nail it to him.
Have a conquering God Morning!
Bible Reading: John 7-8