Jael

SCRIPTURE READINGJudges 4:17-22

SITUATION:  Sisera, commander of the Canaanite king’s army fled on foot after Barak and his army defeated his army.  Sisera went to Jael’s tent where he thought he would be safe.

QUESTIONS

  1. Who was Jael? (verse 17)
  2. Why did Sisera go to her? (verse 17)
  3. What did Jael tell him when she went out to meet him?  What did she do? (verse 18)
  4. What did Sisera ask for and what did she give him? (verse 19)
  5. What favor did Sisera ask of her? (verse 20)
  6. What did Jael do? (verse 21)
  7. What happened when Barak got there? (verse 22)
  8. What did Deborah say about Jael? (Judges 5:24-27)

INSPIRATION

God used a woman, a wife to defeat Sisera, the commander of the mighty army of Jabin, king of Canaan. While her husband separated himself from his own people, the Kenites, she joined with the Israelites. She played a crucial role in the defeat of the Canaanites. Deborah praised her for her resourcefulness. She was the heroine of the story and will be remembered as the woman who slew the mighty Sisera with a tent peg and mallet.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Were Jael’s actions towards Sisera justified, after all he trusted her because her house was at peace with King Jabin?
  2. Did Jael deserve to be called the “most blessed among women”?

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