But Sisera found Jael at the tent and started barking orders at her: “Give me a little water.” “Stand at the opening of the tent.” In response, “she went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple until it went down into the ground” (Judges ). She sent her hand to the tent peg and her right hand to the workmen’s mallet” (Judges , 26). When David set out to kill Nabal — the brash and brute man who embodied pure masculine folly — Nabal’s wife Abigail offered hundreds of fig cakes and loaves of bread and wine skins to David. “Then David sent and spoke to Abigail, to take her as his wife” (1 Samuel ).
Deborah later sang of Jael, “Most blessed of women be Jael . Thank God Jael wasn’t meek and submissive and respectful toward this friend of her wayward husband. Yet, she used the opportunity to warn David that he should “have no cause of grief or pangs of conscience for having shed blood without cause or for my lord working salvation for himself” (1 Samuel ). Don’t use your power in a way that will make you guilty.” David responded, “Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from working salvation with my own hand! David was attracted to this strong woman for her strength, for her rebuke, and for her character. And David, in a moment of grace, was able to see that Abigail’s standing in David’s way was a gift of purity to him.
“You’re too opinionated.” “You’re too boisterous.” “A woman should be small, quiet, and delicate.” Yet, it’s easy to forget in the midst of all our diagnosing: whether a woman is “intimidating” is a factor of male perception, not female personality. And often, godly femininity requires being strong, even intimidating. Jael’s husband Heber “had separated from the Kenites,” and “had pitched his tent as far away as the oak in Zaanannim, which is near Kedesh” (Judges ).
So, when Sisera, a Canaanite military general under Jabin the King of Hazor — the enemy of the people of God — tried to seek refuge, he went to Heber’s tent, “for there was peace between Jabin the King of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite” (Judges ).
Recently, for instance, my colleagues at the Citizen Lab, located at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, revealed in a report that the Mexican government has used surveillance spyware to track and monitor Mexican journalists, human rights lawyers, and activists.
And cyberbullying and harassment are on the rise, too.
So unless you know what principles they follow, it’s impossible to replicate their results.
Each time a woman walks past, most men just can’t stop staring at her.
But I guess it does bother women, because I’ve heard the story of the “scary stares” from girl friends one too many times.
I for one, have never really experienced an ugly reverse stare from a woman, so you can forgive me for not figuring this out earlier.
There is no stronger, more consistent reminder of the gospel in my life than my mom.
Paul says something very similar of Timothy: “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well” (2 Timothy 1:5).