Judges 4:1-7 – The 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time â€“ for Sunday, November 16, 2014
â€œIâ€™ll lure Sisera, the commander of Jabinâ€™s army, to assemble with his chariots and troops against you at the Kishon River, and then Iâ€™ll help you overpower him.â€™â€ (Judges 4:7)
Iâ€™m in over my head with Judges. Iâ€™ve spent hours reading and wondering and studying about Adam and Eveâ€™s creative fling in the garden, Mosesâ€™ trudge toward the promised land, and Davidâ€™s royal travesties and triumphs.
But I havenâ€™t dwelled in the Biblical pages of Judges for much quality time. I could only talk about the history in a general way. Canâ€™t easily explain the theology. Not sure when it was written, or by whom.
Frankly, given the brief glimpse of Judges provided in this weekâ€™s â€œlectionary lesson,â€ I wouldâ€™ve preferred to spend time with Jael, a woman mentioned later in the bookâ€™s fourth chapter. Not long after meeting Deborah, the â€œstarâ€ of Judges 4:1-7 and the focus of Judges 5, the strong-stomached Biblical reader will be introduced to another woman named Jael. Jael served Godâ€™s, er, â€œgoodâ€ purposes with some commonâ€”common, if youâ€™re part of a tribe in the desertâ€”household items. The final verses of chapter 4 with Jael were edge of the seat stuff compared to Deborahâ€™s mild opening.
But . . . Judges 4:1-7 was the official reading. And so the opening of Judgesâ€™ chapter four involved the serene, let-me-share-insights-with-you Deborah. As the prophet Deborah sat under a shady palm tree in the lovely Ephraim highlands, settling disputes between . . .
Hey, hold your holy horses! What about Jael? What did she do?
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