I Killed A Man

For me it was a day like every other one, even with the fighting going on. I was just up and about doing my normal house chores, the children have run off to play, it was still peaceful over here, the fighting had not reached us yet, so we were all living our normal lives, though with a bit of caution.
The slaves are calling for war with the king; it seems like a suicide mission. I wasn’t really surprised though, this leader is so cruel especially to these people, I am sure they are just fed up and refuse to think of the consequences of what they are doing. He was very cruel and violent towards them; I have never stopped wondering why he seemed to hate them with such a perfect hatred.   But these slaves have got nerves; this king is the mightiest there is, with the strongest army and armory. I cannot imagine why they think they can survive the king and his army.
He is a ruthless one indeed, why he let us live here is still a mystery, maybe because he believes we are no threat to his kingdom. My husband just wanted to get away from the other members of family, they do not understand why, but my husband means no offense at all.
Well, I am still up and about my chores, the house is quite a mess, and I have to hurry with my chores before my children come back into the tent. It becomes harder doing chores while they are home, with all the “mother!” here and “mother!” there. But I still cannot help thinking about the ongoing war, just this morning we heard, how will this end? I just hope it does not get to us, we cannot stand anymore wars. The devastations are… “Call him in and kill him…”
Who is that? I jolted as I spun around, I was alone, I peeked outside the tent , looked around but no one was there. What is going on, I was so sure I heard someone, or I am dealing with exhaustion?

 

Tent Peg :   tent stake
“Call him in and kill him” the voice was so compelling so strong.
“Who are you?” I trembled “Show yourself!”
“I am the God of Israel, The Almighty God. Call Sisera in and kill him, he is almost here, I have chosen you to kill him, I will deliver him into your hand and give my people victory and free them from the Canaanite king.”
“I have heard of you…I am afraid, am I going to die?!  What am I saying, am I actually going to be able to do this, why am I sounding like I am agreeing?!
“Not if you obey me and kill Sisera…”
“Wait, wait don’t go…” I ran out of the tent, after the voice…
“Woman, woman…!”
“Y..y…yes!” I turned in utter fright to see a tired warrior breathing down on me
“I am Sisera, commander in chief in charge of the Canaanite army, you must hide me, the Israelites are coming after me, you must tell them you didn’t see me.”
“C…c…come in sir, come into my tent, do not be afraid.” Still trembling and confused, I put him behind a curtain.
“Please give me a drink of water; I am thirsty” He gasped
Without much thought I gave him a whole leather bag of milk instead, and hid him again. He told me to stand at the door and say no if anyone asks if he is here.
Few moments later I heard heavy snoring and I went to take a peep only to find him in a very deep sleep, boy, he must be extremely exhausted!
“…kill Sisera…” That voice again…
I grabbed a tent peg and a hammer…what am I doing…I drove the peg through the side of his head and into the ground. What have I done, did I just kill a man, what will King Jabin do with me, what if the Israelites lose the war?!
Suddenly an Israelite soldier (I could tell by his dressing) came looking for him and I called him in and showed him the man I just killed. I later learnt that Israel had won the war, and I was being celebrated all over the country.
I don’t get it, why did the God of heaven and earth, The Almighty God, The God of Israel choose me, I am just an ordinary woman, running my home, looking after my husband and children, why me…I just don’t understand…
The story of Jael, culled from The Holy Bible -Judges:4&5
God can use any one. How has God humbled you recently by using you in a way you never imagined possible?
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Ugochi Oritsejolomisan

Ugochi Oritsejolomisan

Ugochi Oritsejolomisan is a Christ-follower, wife to Benson, mother of 3 awesome boys, God's agent, speaker and blogger. Writing to inspire you for a better life in God! Find her on: google
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16 Comments

  1. WOW is all I can say. I stopped by from the Happy-Go-Lucky Mingle Blog Hop and I was intrigued by this story I swear I thought the story was truly about you until I got to the end. The Lord has definitely given you a gift with writing. I love it and I am not a follower of your great blog
    Love
    Patricia @ thettdiaries.com

  2. He is a mighty God and He is willing to do great things through us. If we yield to His leading.
    Thank you ma. This inspirational. My love to all yours. Love you.

  3. He is a mighty God and He is willing to do great things through us. If we yield to His leading.
    Thank you ma. This inspirational. My love to all yours. Love you.

  4. Thanks a lot for coming by, have a super blessed day!
    Love

  5. Perfect hatred of the enemy is deadly poison my brother, thank God He saved them, and He saves us…

  6. Thanks Kay, I am encouraged! Love you loads!

  7. Hi there! I found you on the blog hop and I’m now following you! I’d love a follow back at http://www.sugarplumsandlollipops.blogspot.com and on Pinterest. I follow back all of my Pinterest followers 🙂

  8. wow, you retold that story well. Sometimes God uses me and I don’t even realize, it could be something simple like asking how someone is or taking a friend out to lunch, and then I find out later that they were going through something and I was an answered prayer for them in that moment. It’s such an awesome humbling experience when you realize you’ve been used by God!

    1. Yes, some thinks we think little are actually big to God, may we all yield ourselves to Him. Thanks for coming by Alecia, so glad to have you here, I hope you will come often. Have a super blessed day!
      Love

  9. with such perfect hatred, makes you think agman

  10. I love these first person accounts! Keep sharing sister.

    1. Thanks Kay, I am encouraged! Love you loads!

  11. DEEP THOUGHTS!! I love reading your blog posts- they always get me thinking….

    You know, God has humbled me plenty this past year and it took me 4 times to hear his message He was sending to me!

    I needed this reminder today 🙂
    Thank you for your inspiration
    http://www.longingforaprons.blogspot.com/

    1. I know that feeling, many times God chooses to go beyond us. I am very grateful you love for my posts. Thanks a lot for coming by and leaving this note, have a super blessed day!
      Love

  12. I don’t think so. Certainly nothing extraordinary like Jael. But it’s wonderful to see and hear of stories when God does use people in the most unexpected of ways.

    1. Yes it is wonderful, how God uses many “insignificant” people to do significant things. Thanks for coming by and leaving a note, have a super blessed day!
      Love

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