TEXT FROM THE KING JAMES BIBLE:
4:1 And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, when Ehud
And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.
And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou
wilt not go with me, then I will not go.
14 And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the LORD hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the LORD gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him. 15 And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, and fled away on his feet. 16 But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left. 17 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.
Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took an 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.
Also, from the song of joy sung by Deborah and Barak after the victory :
Judges 5:24 Blessed above women shall Jael the wife
of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent.
PEOPLE IN THE LESSON:
Jael- Wife of a Kennite tribesman named Heber.
Sisera- Captain of the army of Jabin, the king who attacked Israel.
Barak- He was judge of Israel and defended the Hebrew people.
Deborah- She was a prophetess under Barak's authority who had to convince Barak to go towar for God.
Sisera's mother- She liked to get presents from her son Sisera when he came home from war.
DISCUSS THE STORY:
War is a thing God does not like. People get killed, and that pleases Satan. But, sometimes wicked men attack godly people, and God calls for His leaders to stand up and fight the enemy. God wants good godly men to defend their homes and God's saints. When evil men attack the homes or land of godly people, then it is necessary for the godly men to kill the wicked men if they will not go away. Wicked people have no rights.
War today is not always fought for these reasons. Some rulers go to war just to see if they can get something for nothing at the end. They may get oil, or they may get power to rule other people. Christians have no business getting involved in such wars. Why? Answer: No one's home is being defended. Greed is the wrong reason to go to war where people are going to get killed. This is the only kind of war men fight today, so you should not join the military of any nation in the world today. Soon, all the soldiers of the world will give their strength to Satan's man, the Antichrist. Don't help this in any way, even though you will be taken to heaven before it actually happens.
In the story of Barak and Jael, did you notice how timid Barak was. God intends for men to lead. That was true with Abraham who went and rescued his backslidden nephew, Lot. Men were strong leaders many years after Barak's day with Samuel, King Saul, King David, King Solomon, and all the kings of Judah. David had 400 mighty men who were fearless in defending Israel and their families. One of David's men jumped right down into a pit to kill a Lion on a snowy day in the winter. Jehu defended Israel against Satanic witchcraft when he killed all the prophets of Baal. Elijah killed 400 prophets of Baal with his own hands down by the river. Elijah didn't ask someone else to do it.
It is also true that Jesus called men to defend their homes and the Church. He called disciples, and he taught them to be strong men and defend the saints and their families. Just before He went back to heaven, Jesus told His disciples to carry a sword to defend themselves against wicked men and bandits. The Apostle Paul was a fearless man, and he trained young men to be spiritual soldiers and pull down Satan's strongholds.
I want to talk to all you boys:
If you are a boy, and you are born again, you will be called on by God, over and over in your life, to defend your home, your church, and even neighborhood people who are being attacked by Satan. That is YOUR job, and God expects you to stand up for righteousness immediately when evil pops up in front of you. Ask your Dad and Mom to help you find a man who helps people be delivered from devils so that you can hear how Jesus uses His strong men to help sinners.
My son was in Walmart one day. He was in the computer section, and there was a very muscular young man standing nearby. A sodomite came into the computer section and started talking to the muscular boy. The sodomite asked him all sorts of questions about how he did his body building exercises. My son realized that the young man did not understand that the sodomite was "hustling" him, and my son was about to go over and stop it.
But the young body builder beat Dan to it. The sodomite said to the muscular body builder, "Well, you sure are good looking." My son said that the young man got a sudden look of amazement on his face which immediately turned to rage. Then, --POW--, the young man hit the sodomite so hard that the sodomite flew right straight back and landed in a heap on the floor. Dan grinned at the Walmart clerk standing nearby, and everyone agreed that they had wanted to do the same to the sodomite. Good godly Christian men are filled with joy when an evil person is stopped from doing more evil. They do not stand around and whine about the "rights" of evil men.
You see, there are times, not often maybe, but times when we have to get violent enough to stop evil. Jesus once made a scourge of thongs and chased all the money changers from the temple of God. Jesus was angry. You heard me. Jesus was angry-- NOT for Himself, but because God's house was being dirtied and turned into a market. So, Jesus gave a bunch of grown men a whipping. Would it make you mad if you went to church next Sunday morning and found that all the seats were gone? What if the meeting room was filled with a big yard sale? I hope you would be very angry, and I hope your Dad would go give the preacher a whipping with the Word of God (and maybe with his belt too). Preachers all over America are turning the church house into a place to sell all sorts of things. They ought to get a spanking from the godly men.
We have too many wimps in the Lord's church. Don't be like Barak and ask a lady to go along and hold your hand when you should do God's work under His power alone.
Now, I want you girls to pay attention:
I want you girls to consider that lady Jael. Did she get a sword or gun to kill Sisera? No. Ladies did not join the army in God's Israel. And, a lady has no business in the military today. Going to war is a man's job. It is dirty work, and a Christian lady should NOT put herself in a dirty place. A real lady can do anything God calls her to do right at home. God brought Sisera to Jael's home. She fooled the rotten king, Sisera. She treated him real nice, and she tucked him in for a nice little nappy poo.
Ah, but what a lady! I sure do look forward to meeting her in heaven. You see, she stayed home and took care of the home while Heber, her husband, was out trading in the marketplace or in the fields planting his wheat. She had to pound those big tent pegs into the ground thousands of times. The Kennite's tents were huge, and they lived in them the same way you live in your home. They were NOT camping. A tent could be fifty feet long and twenty feet wide, and the ropes and tent pegs were huge. The wind would work the tent pegs loose, and they had to be pounded in over and over. The harder the dirt, the better the tent peg would hold. Are you starting to get the point? Jael was no skinny little bit of fluff, like the dip heads you see on the covers of Seventeen!
Jael had strong arms. Have you ever seen those pictures of models and Hollywood starlets? They are skinny little things, and they are too weak to blow their nose. All they know how to do is cash checks that someone gave them for posing for magazines with not enough clothes on. Shame on those ladies. They are dirty, and you should never want to be like them.
Girls, you should think about Jael. God wants you to take care of a home, and you should be eagerly getting ready for the home God will one day give you. If you do your work eagerly, you too will become physically strong and spiritually ready to do great things for God.
Jael used the strength she had. She used the food in her kitchen. She used the tools of battle she had- her mallet and her tent peg. And look how God used her! NEVER let any of these feminist scummy wimps belittle you for wanting to keep a home like a good Christian wife and mother. That is a great place to serve God. And, think about this. What if Jael had been off bowling or selling Tupperware all over town? She would not have been home. When Sisera was looking for a tent to hide in, some other lady, who was home where she belonged, would have got the blessing of killing this wicked enemy of Israel.
And, what a blessing Jael got! She had her name put into God's Holy Bible forever! The Jews will sing about Jael through all eternity. God does not ask you to stay at home and be a faithful wife and mother because you are weak or unqualified. You don't have to go out to work somewhere outside the home to accomplish a good work for God. God made you a girl and a woman, and God has given you the high calling of keeping a home. Men don't do that very well. That is why God likes a real man to have some place to go to work in the morning. His wife stays home because she is the best qualified to do home keeping.
So, boys-- Get ready to defend the righteous without having to have someone hold your hand. Pound the enemy mercilessly, and be a gentleman to the godly. Learn to use a gun and your fists ONLY for self-defense and to get food for those who depend on you. Don't waste God's creation hunting trophies just to hang on the wall. Do NOT learn Karate which is from Buddhism and is pagan. Learn to use the Bible to pound the sodomites and evil people with the Truth from God.
Ask God to lead you to a girl, for a wife, who LIKES to keep a home. Don't marry a girl who always talks about "my career." Don't marry a girl who has been to college, and never get near a girl who has been to seminary. That kind of girl will not take care of your home, she will run all over town playing the fool, and she will some day divorce you if you happen to lose your job. Watch for a girl who obeys her Daddy and likes to work with her Mom when it is time to get chores done.
Girls, practice being feminine and making your parents' friends comfortable in your home. Ask your Mom to discuss hospitality, and ask Mom to help you to plan ways you can make your home more comfortable for your family and godly friends. Ask God to help you learn to submit to your Daddy so that your future husband will be strong for God because you let him be the head of your home. Keep a notebook, and write down all the things your Daddy teaches you in family devotions. Also, in your notebook write things your pastor teaches.
Please don't even look at a boy who hangs around home all the time, especially the kitchen, and who won't do hard work. He won't defend you, and he won't be any good to the Lord's Church. He is a wimp! Watch for a boy who has strong opinions about good and evil-- a boy who steps right into trouble when someone needs to be defended. There's your man. Pray for him, and ask God and your parents to see if he is your future husband.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME?
What is in your hands that you can use for Jesus? What do you use every day?
If you are a girl, you must have noticed how many public school teachers and other folks try to make women just like men. Did Jael stop being a lady to do this great work for God? Not at all-- she was a lady before and after she nailed that wicked old king to the floor.
Boys, are you whining about your responsibilities? Do you have to have someone hold your hand to get a job done? Ask the Lord to give you zeal for hard work-- the harder, the better. Instead of being like the bad boys in your neighborhood who are always looking for trouble, YOU go around looking for work. Go to the church house looking for a way to help out. Never let a lady do a job you can do for her. Never let a lady open a door if you can beat her to it. Stick up for the little kids who get picked on. Help the old folks with things that they can't do anymore. You'll be old too some day. Be tough in your arms and hands, but be gentle in your heart. God likes that attitude.
Make a list of the things Jael used from her work as a keeper of a home and in the destruction of the enemy.
Ask your Dad or Mom to pray with you that you will always be ready to do anything, great or small, when God gives you a chance. Pray that God's Spirit will keep your hands clean and busy in good things so that you will be strong for the battle when God calls on you.
Pray for your Dad and Mom that God will keep them strong for the battles they fight against Satan every day. Dad and Mom don't always tell you about all the ugly things they have to take care of because some things are pretty nasty. Your Dad is especially a warrior as he goes to work every day where evil people are playing the fool. Pray that he will be strong, and you should have a Bible verse, a word of thanks, or a Christian chorus ready to encourage him when he comes home every day.
I tune pianos to help our home's expenses, and I have to tune pianos in some homes of Satanists and disgusting people. They have dirty mouths and some of them nag me all the way through the tuning. I seldom have the blessing of getting into a Christian home. So by the end of the day, I am tired in my heart, my head, and my back may be sore to boot. When I come home, someone always says, "Thank you for going to work for us today, Daddy." That really lifts me up inside. When I leave in the morning, someone always says, "The Lord be magnified, Daddy." What a good way to start the work day. What can YOU do to be a blessing to your Dad and Mom?
Also, would you pray for your pastor as he serves God? Ask God to keep him strong with mighty hands in the work of Jesus Christ. Tell him next Sunday morning that you are praying that he will win the war against Satan. Write your pastor's name on a piece of paper, and put it on the mirror in your room so that you will remember to pray for your pastor.
Be strong for God.