Bible women 7: Who am I?

The judge profesied to the captain of Israel: The journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall deliver your enemy into the hand of a woman.

The enemy gathered his troops with nine hundred chariots of iron and readied them for battle.

Israel went to meet them, descending from Mount Tabor with ten thousand men.

The Lord confused the enemy with all their chariots and warriors, and their captain ran away on foot.

I was outside tending to our camels when I noticed him running towards our tent home. As soon as his face was recognizable, I knew who he was: our enemy, the captain of Jabin’s army, running away like the coward he was, wearing the cloak of a poor man. I circled to the front and called out to him, “Stranger, please come in and find shelter.” When he entered, I rolled out a cushioned mat on the floor.

“I’m thirsty. Bring me water,” he commanded. I knew by his tone I had guessed correctly. This was indeed the captain.

Instead of water, I opened a bottle and gave him milk, encouraging him to take a nap. I would stand watch at the door. He ordered me to lie and say no, should anyone ask if I had seen him.

Oh yes, I would stand watch. I would make sure no one came in, but I wouldn’t lie. I’d guarantee he wouldn’t be seen—and there would be no witness to what I was about to do.

Within minutes, he was asleep on the couch on the floor. Snoring. What a racket! My husband never snored so loud. I knew my chance had come. I tiptoed outside to the wooden chest where we kept tools, chose a sharp tent stake and hammer, and silently slinked back into my tent. It wouldn’t have mattered if I’d made a noise. That man wouldn’t even have heard a camel bawling. He was sound asleep and still making too much noise of his own.

I steadied myself, took a deep breath and held it. I would save many lives by killing him. Still, it wasn’t easy. I had to muster all my strength. I held the tent stake at his temple and hit it hard. With two terrible blows, it went all the way through, pinning him in place.

He would never snore again.

While I pounded and blood splattered all over my dress and the corner of our tent, Israel’s soldiers followed the confused enemy and defeated them. Many enemy troops fell on their swords rather than being killed or captured. They suffered utter defeat.

Soon, Israel’s captain and soldiers passed by my home. Still decorated with blood spray, I invited the captain to come inside to view his enemy. The tent peg pinned his head to our floor.

God had delivered the kingdom of Jabin into the hands of the Israelites. Our people were free.

Later, they would sing praises to God for the victory. Part of that song described my little part. Blessed above women shall (she) be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent. She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen’s hammer; and with the hammer she smote (the captain), she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples. At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.

Who am I?

And, who was the enemy captain I killed?

What was the name of the captain of Israel’s army?

And, for extra credit, who was the judge?

And, if you enjoy deep topics, what is the difference between killing in war and murder? Is there a difference? Bible references?

13 Replies to “Bible women 7: Who am I?”

  1. .Jael ,Sisara , Barak , Deborah
    Tremendo el valor de Jael. No creo que yo sería capaz. La diferencia entre matar y asesinar para mi, es. Asesinar ( es la palabra de los diez mandamientos) No asesinarás. Quitar la vida sin razón justa, sin el permiso de Dios.
    Matar es quitar la vida haciendo justicia. Por ej las ocasiones en que Dios daba permiso a quitar la vida a alguien que había matado injustamente por motivos egoistas o a un inocente.
    En aquel tiempo de Israel cuando pasaba un caso así, era defensa. Era frenar a un asesino que llevaba mucho tiempo asesinando inocentes y asolando a Israel en su propia tierra. Lo que hizo Jael fue salvar muchas vidas.

    1. ¡Gracias, Schumayk! Eres la única que quería comentar sobre la diferencia entre matar y asesinar en detalle. Excelentes pensamientos. La verdad es que yo he creído lo mismo, pero nunca pensaba en ello como justicia. Me encanta como lo explicaste. Un gran abrazo, querida hermana.

  2. Deborah was the judge and Barak was the Captain.

    II Chronicles 20
    I Samuel 17:47

    Another thought: the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrha and the Angel of the Lord being delayed for several weeks, fighting his way through the forces of Satan to get to Daniel; the destruction of the Philistines by Samson by pulling the house down right before his death.

      1. In my examples of murder, I think Samson was the only human involved. Also, in the killing of Goliath – it was only David. But God enabled both men. I am thinking that my other examples were totally supernatural – carried out by Angel’s or the Angel of the Lord who may have been the Lord Himself. The Daniel incident had a named Angel – Gabriel, I think.

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