So my husband, the Preacher, is preaching on Jael killing Sisera by nailing him to the floor of her tent by hammering a tent peg through his temples. He does a good job with the whole story, but I am perplexed on our way in between churches. (He preaches twice each Sunday and I go with him to both churches so I hear the sermon twice.) “You never say that God defeated the army for the Hebrews. You never say they were thrown into a panic and their chariots were caught in the mud.” My husband replied, “Well, because it never says that.” I do not respond because I do not have the facts to respond with. SO…
He preaches the sermon at the second church. After the service, Jennie, one of the matriarchs of the congregation and a pillar of the church says, “You never tell how the chariots were caught in the mud. That the defeat of Sisera’s army was supernatural.” Now I do not overhear this conversation between Jennie and the Preacher, but on the way out of the church Jennie says to me, “I told the Preacher he didn’t tell about the chariots being caught in the mud and he said you told him the same thing. We really do have to keep him on his toes, don’t we.” With the classic twinkle in her eye that only someone who has spent many years loving the Lord can give, she skipped to her pick-up truck to ride home with her husband, Dennis. They are two of the reasons we love our churches so very much and feel privileged to have them as our family in the closing years of Russ’ formal ministry.
In Judges 5 is recorded a Song of Deborah which was sung on the day of the defeat of Sisera. In verse 20 and 21 it says,
20 The stars fought from heaven.
The stars in their orbits fought against Sisera.
21 The Kishon River swept them away—
that ancient torrent, the Kishon.
March on with courage, my soul!
This is where commentators, including John Wesley, have gotten the idea that there may have been a storm, torrents of rain, thunder, perhaps hail that confused Sisera’s army. Judges 4:15 says the Lord comfited Sisera’s army which means the Lord sent them into a panic, or into confusion. I think Jennie and I have made some valid points. The Preacher says, “I guess that settles it.” What he won’t say is “what” settles it. Good move, Honey!
To see my old post on this story go to https://dschondog.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/panic-attacks/ which is what lead me to agree with Jennie.
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