A Loyal Woman


Now Heber the Kenite had separated from the Kenites, the descendants of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, and had pitched his tent as far away as the oak in Zaanannim, which is near Kedesh.

But Sisera fled away on foot 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 came out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Turn aside, my lord; turn aside to me; do not be afraid.” So he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug. And he said to her, “Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.” So she opened a skin of milk and gave him a drink and covered him. And he said to her, “Stand at the opening of the tent, and if any man comes and asks you, ‘Is anyone here?’ say, ‘No.’” But Jael the wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand. Then she went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple until it went down into the ground while he was lying fast asleep from weariness. So he died. And behold, as Barak was pursuing Sisera, Jael went out to meet him and said to him, “Come, and I will show you the man whom you are seeking.” So he went in to her tent, and there lay Sisera dead, with the tent peg in his temple. Judges 4:11, 17-22 ESV

If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful—

for he cannot deny himself. II Timothy 2:11b-13 ESV


There’s a poem about a very old woman named Barbara Frietchie, who lived in Frederick, Maryland at the time of the Civil War. Confederate soldiers had come to her town, taken down all the Union flags that had been flying there, and were marching through Frederick. Barbara Frietchie picked up one of the Union flags that had been taken down and set it on a staff. She waved the flag from her attic window, and wouldn’t take it down even when the Confederate soldiers shot at the flag and threatened to shoot her. She was loyal to the Union even though no one else in her town had the courage to be loyal.

Jael was also a loyal woman. Her husband Heber was related to Moses’ family and their people had been friends with the people of Israel. But her husband had turned away from his family and from Israel and made friends with the people of Canaan. Jael didn’t go along with her husband. She stayed loyal to the people of Israel and was the hero of the battle against Sisera. When Sisera escaped the battle and came to her tent to hide, she tricked him and killed him. Then she met Barak and showed him what she had done.

It’s easy to go along with what the crowd is doing and to forget to be loyal to what is true and right. Sometimes we turn away from God and are disloyal to him. But God is faithful, and he always wants to bring us back to his help and friendship. He sent Jesus to die for us and take away our sin of turning away from him. Jesus sends us his Holy Spirit and helps us to stay loyal and faithful to our faithful God.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for being faithful to us. Please forgive our sins and keep us your people. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.