Monday, 25 May 2009


I always thought the account of Jael and Sisera was a ‘double cross’ and it always seemed like she tricked him to his death so that she could deliver Sisera into the hands of Barak. However when we look into the ‘Covenant of Salt’ yet again we see quite a different picture.

Here is an alternative way of looking at the account:

The verses read in Judges 4:17-22

17 However, Sisera had fled away on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite; for there was peace between Jabin king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite. 18 And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said to him, “Turn aside, my lord, turn aside to me; do not fear.” And when he had turned aside with her into the tent, she covered him with a blanket. 19 Then he said to her, “Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.” So she opened a jug of milk, gave him a drink, and covered him. 20 And he said to her, “Stand at the door of the tent, and if any man comes and inquires of you, and says, ‘Is there any man here?’ you shall say, ‘No.’” 21 Then Jael, Heber’s wife, took a tent peg and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple, and it went down into the ground; for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died. 22 And then, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said to him, “Come, I will show you the man whom you seek.” And when he went into her tent, there lay Sisera, dead with the peg in his temple.

Jael and her people were not Israelites, so they did not have any allegiance to that Nation, so why did she kill Sisera as she did not have to?

The answer is to do with ‘The Salt Covenant’ yet again. Sisera asked Jael to protect him, which she agreed to do. So when he asked Jael for water, she gave him MILK instead, so what is odd about that?

Milk was not what we know as milk in the Modern world, but it would be like a curd or buttermilk that would have been SALTED. So by offering him the MILK he agreed to a covenant of Salt that she would protect him. So she entered into a covenant with him and would have even lied to protect him.

So what happened to make her pierce him through the temples?

He obviously did not trust her, as he slipped into HER tent where he definitely should not have been. No one would be allowed in a Married woman’s tent without her permission and definitely NOT another man.

So he thought he would sort out his own salvation and totally ignored the salt covenant of her protection and tried to do it himself and that is what cost him his life. She could not allow him to live after he invaded her private quarters and broke the salt covenant.

The lesson for us is; how often do we try to sort things out ourselves, without totally relying on our Lord?

Every Blessing in Yeshua’s Holy Name

Pastor Dave

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