Women's History Month, A Frozen Chicken, and a Tent Peg

My son’s naptime was quickly coming to an end, and I still needed to get dinner in the oven. There was just one teeny problem. The chicken was still frozen. Usually I wouldn’t think twice about it. I would just throw the chicken in the oven and wait out the longer cooking time. That wasn’t going to work this time as I had a late afternoon appointment to attend and needed the chicken to come out before I left. This time, I knew if the chicken was going to cook through; it would have to be cut.

I can make my way around a kitchen, but I am certainly no master chef. I prefer to cook a chicken whole, mainly because I don’t like cutting it into the proper pieces.

As I stood there with a knife in hand, and eventually my two bare hands trying to forcefully break through the frozen flesh and bones, I was reminded of a strong and fierce woman in the Bible named Jael.

With it being Women’s History Month I thought it was fitting to share the story of this heroic woman. We do not know a whole lot about her, but we do know she was fierce, she was brave and she was used by God for a very important task.

If you are not familiar with Jael’s story you can find it in Judges 4. Here is a brief summary: Israel turns away from God (again), and they are defeated by Jabin (the King of Caanan). Israel cries out to God and God raises up Deborah as Judge.

Deborah tells Barak, an Israelite general, that God commands him to take 10,000 soldiers and attack Jabin's army. She promises that God will give them victory.

Barak says he'll only go to battle if Deborah comes, and she does, but prophecies that it won't be him who kills Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army—it'll be a woman! Barak's army kills every last one of Sisera's men—except for Sisera. This is when we meet Jael, the wife of Heber.

Sisera went looking for somewhere to hide and Jael confidently brought Sisera into her dwelling and gave him some milk to drink. Once he was fast asleep, she picked up a tent peg, drove it through his temple right into the ground. The enemy was defeated.

Let’s face it, things were very different back then. Physical violence is not the answer to our problems, but spiritual warfare is very much a part of our life.

We still face enemies today, but they are not flesh and blood (Eph. 6:12). Some of our greatest enemies are insecurity, discouragement, confusion, and lies from the evil one himself. We can use Jael’s example of bravery, and fearlessly take on our modern day enemies.

Is the enemy of your soul whispering lies into your ear? “You are not good enough, strong enough, smart enough.”

God is on your side and He will equip you to be victorious over every lie of the enemy.

This month as we celebrate Women’s History Month, I encourage you to spend some time learning from the women of scripture. Allow the word of God to strengthen you and make you brave. Take a moment and meditate on the following verses. What do they look like applied in your life?

She is clothed with strength and dignity;
 she can laugh at the days to come. Proverbs 31:25

She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. Proverbs 31:17