Warm Milk and a Tent Peg
Posted: Tuesday, April 25
Verse of the day:
“Please give me some water,” he said. “I’m thirsty.” So she gave him some milk from a leather bag and covered him again. (Judges 4:19)
One of my absolute favorite books of the Bible is Judges. The stories that it tells are so rich, with such great content: Epic battles, encounters with angels, strong men, wicked cities and so much more. Today’s verse teaches us a lesson from one of Israel’s enemy’s, Sisera .
Sisera’s army was being beaten by the warriors of Israel, led by Deborah and Barak. In fleeing for his life, he found what he thought was a safe place, the tent of Heber the Kenite. Heber’s wife, Jael was there and took him in and gave him a place to rest. When he asked for some water to refresh himself, she offered warm milk instead. The warm milk was so comforting and he was so tired. Soon he was asleep. Then Jael gave him a tent peg that gave Sisera a splitting headache.
Sisera thought the tent was a safe place. He mistook the hospitality of Jael as welcoming. He mistook the warm milk as being in a place of comfort and ease. He forgot about the army chasing him and got comfortable. One choice after another eventually lead to his death.
Do you find yourself in a place of comfort today? Are your resting the tent of your enemy thinking you are in a safe place?
Many times, as we are fighting with the enemy of our soul, we find ourselves advancing on his territory. We are seeing victory and answers to pray. However, as we grow tired, we begin to look for a safe place to take cover. The enemy will always provide a “safe place” where we can camp close to our sin. We don’t mean to stay long, but the enemy gives us warm milk and a place to rest. It is so comfortable. We tell ourselves that we can handle being this close to sin. We tell ourselves that we can handle this much compromise in our lives. However, the enemy is just lulling you to sleep, so that he can drive that final nail in your life that will cause you to die in your sin.
But there is hope. Jesus took nails in his hands and feet so that we would not have to take one in the head. Jesus was nailed to the cross so that we would not be nailed with our sin. When we find ourselves weakened by temptation and camping close to sin, we can run to the foot of the cross instead of the tent of comfort and compromise. The foot of the cross is never comfortable, but it is the safest place we can live.