JAEL ARISE! Posted 072117 @ 8.22pm.
Most everyone has read the story of Deborah in Judges Chapter 4, but very few speak about the courage of Jael. It is time for the Jael's to stand up and be recognized. Jael represents the courageous HIDDEN ONES, Intercessors, prayer warriors, and those who do not care for recognition, but only want to do the right thing before God and His Chosen People. Jael is content to remain in her tent, but she is not unaware of what is going on around her. She is a very wise woman of God with great discernment. Jael was the wife of Heber the Kenite. The Kenites were a nomadic tribe who lived near the Israelites. It is widely recognized that Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, was a Kenite. Others believe the Kenites were part of the Midianite people. Jael was a very brave woman, and became a true hero.
It is written in Judges 4: And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, when Ehud was dead.And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles. And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel. And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment. And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun? And I will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand. 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. And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh. And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet: and Deborah went up with him.
Now Heber the Kenite, which was of the children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which is by Kedesh. And they shewed Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam was gone up to mount Tabor. And Sisera gathered together all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people that were with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto the river of Kishon. 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. And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all hishost, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, and fled away on his feet. 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. 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. And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him. Again he said unto her, Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall be, when any man doth come and enquire of thee, and say, Is there any man here? that thou shalt say, No. 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. And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples. So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.And the hand of the children of Israel prospered, and prevailed against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.
Just as Deborah prophesied that the “The Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.” Jael was a true hero, but she is often overshadowed by Deborah. She wasn’t a prophetess, a judge, or a leader, but just a humble HIDDEN ONE. God used Jael mightily and gave her the courage and strength to drive the tent peg with a hammer through the temple of Sisera, Israel’s strong enemy. She isn’t spoken of much, and most people don’t even remember her name. I believe Jael to be one of the bravest women in the Bible. Of course, Deborah was unlike any other woman in the Bible, with many gifts and anointings. Jael had a unique calling on her life, which was no less important. If Jael hadn’t killed Sisera, he could have escaped and continued to harass and torment the Israelites.
I believe that it is time for the JAEL’s to rise up and take their place. Jael must understand that her calling is just as important as Deborah’s, Barak’s, or any other hero in the Bible. Not everyone is called to be Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Israel, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Samson, David, Deborah, Esther, and all the rest of the heros of our faith. Each of us has a purpose, a gift, a measure of faith, a specific calling and election, for such a time as this. I believe Jael represents the calling of the Intercessors, the Hidden Ones, the Mighty Prayer Warriors, the GAP STANDERS. Not everyone would have had the courage to do what Jael did. Obviously, God was with her, and gave her the courage and the strength to do what needed done, to defeat the enemy of Israel. She should be celebrated, honored and respected for her great courage.
I believe that, just as the Father is raising up Deborahs, Esthers, Davids, Daniels and Josephs, He is also raising up mighty women of God, like Jael. I believe Jael is extremely important, especially in these last days, because she does not fear man. She is brave, courageous, and recognizes the enemy. She has great discernment, and she is not afraid to do what needs to be done, when her time comes. I believe the Father is raising up many daughters who, like Jael, are being strategically placed, for such a time as this. If you are a HIDDEN ONE, like Jael, it is time for you to assume your place, your position, and your authority. You will be called upon when the time comes, and you have been prepared for such a time as this. ARISE JAEL. Your time is coming and the world needs you to assume your position, and ready yourself, for such a time as this.
(© 2017 Deborah Taylor – All rights reserved. Written material may not be duplicated without permission.)
Based on Judges 4
Deborah was a judge and a prophetess;
In Mount Ephraim, wife of Lapidoth.
She dwelt near a Ramah and Bethel;
She sat and judged all of Israel.
She told Barak to go to Mount Tabor;
Take 10,000 men to Kishon River.
He wouldn't go unless she went with him;
So God delivered Israel by the hands of a woman.
They gathered for war with chariots of iron,
She met the army there at the River Kishon.
Barak pursued and killed all the men;
Sisera ran and hid in a tent of a woman.
JAEL, Heber's wife, took a hammer and tent nail.
While he slept, drove it through his temple.
God destroyed Jabin, King of Canaan;
Sisera, his armies, by the hands of a woman.
Deborah got the credit,
Barak was not honored;
Because of Deborah's faith,
(© 2017 Deborah Taylor – All rights reserved. Written material may not be duplicated without permission. This poem is published in THE LORD IS OUR DEFENSE, and may not be duplicated without permission by Deborah Taylor)