Gooooooood morning and happy Monday friends. Let's get your work week started off the right note with one of the most metal scripture stories to ever exist. Jael. Guess you'll just need to read ahead to see what I mean ;)
Scripture to Read
Questions to Consider
What does this teach me about God?
What does this teach me about humanity?
What inspired me from this text? What challenged me?
Would Jesus say amen to this?
- My Thoughts -
Duddeeeeee I love this scripture so much. Deborah being a heroic leader is absolutely a plot twist on typical conventions of a woman's role and the tent peg trickery assassination from Jael just *chef kiss* so good. Also, kinda neat to see where the President Obama got his name from. Never knew that was a biblical name.
Reese Witherspoon started her book club a few years ago and it has a couple requirements in order for a book to qualify to be one of Reese's picks. 1.) it must be written by a female. 2.) it must feature a female lead character. 3.) The female must be a leader or not inhabit traditional feminine stereotypes. The intention behind her book club is about woman's empowerment and women being represented in the industry. I'm not sure that this story would qualify with requirement 1, but it definitely hits all the cylinders of 2 and 3. This completely rocks any view of the role of a woman with Deborah being an appointed judge (and prophet!) while Jael creatively fulfills the hospitality requirements by God before driving a freaking peg through a dudes head. The bible is so metal I love it.
To the women of the world that lead....keep leading. Take the glory the world doesn't want to give you. And hey, when a guy gives you a hard time - grab a tent peg and a hammer - you know what to do ;)
** Legal disclaimer: Do not murder anyone with a tent peg the final reference is a nod and joke to the text the thought is based on please don't sue kthxbai **
God, thank you the awesome women in the world. Thank you for the women that are CEO's of businesses and CEO's of being moms. Thank you for their gifts of compassion and empathy. Thank you to female clergy who are often under represented and always under-appreciated or valued. We give thanks specifically for Rev. Joyce Lawson, for her leadership, her care, and for leading us to Jesus in whose name we pray. Amen.