Tuesday, April 19, 2022

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Judges 4:17-23, 5:24-31 read by Mark Beingessner

First Week of Easter, Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Judges 4:17-23, 5:24-31
But Sisera himself ran away to the tent where Jael lived. She was the wife of Heber, one of the Kenite family groups. Heber’s family was at peace with Jabin king of Hazor. Jael went out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Come into my tent, master! Come in. Don’t be afraid.” So Sisera went into Jael’s tent, and she covered him with a rug.

Sisera said to Jael, “I am thirsty. Please give me some water to drink.” So she opened a leather bag of milk and gave him a drink. Then she covered him up.

He said to her, “Go stand at the entrance to the tent. If anyone comes and asks you, ‘Is anyone here?’ say, ‘No.’”

But Jael, the wife of Heber, took a tent peg and a hammer and quietly went to Sisera. Since he was very tired, he was in a deep sleep. She hammered the tent peg through the side of Sisera’s head and into the ground. And so Sisera died.

At that very moment Barak came by Jael’s tent, chasing Sisera. Jael went out to meet him and said, “Come. I will show you the man you are looking for.” So Barak entered her tent, and there Sisera lay dead, with the tent peg in his head.

On that day God defeated Jabin king of Canaan in the sight of Israel.

“May Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite,
    be blessed above all women who live in tents.
Sisera asked for water,
    but Jael gave him milk.
In a bowl fit for a ruler,
    she brought him cream.
Jael reached out and took the tent peg.
    Her right hand reached for the workman’s hammer.
She hit Sisera! She smashed his head!
    She crushed and pierced the side of his head!
At Jael’s feet he sank.
    He fell, and he lay there.
At her feet he sank. He fell.
    Where Sisera sank, there he fell, dead!

“Sisera’s mother looked out through the window.
    She looked through the curtains and cried out,
‘Why is Sisera’s chariot so late in coming?
    Why are sounds of his chariots’ horses delayed?’
The wisest of her servant ladies answer her,
    and Sisera’s mother says to herself,
‘Surely they are robbing the people they defeated!
    Surely they are dividing those things among themselves!
Each soldier is given a girl or two.
    Maybe Sisera is taking pieces of dyed cloth.
Maybe they are even taking
    pieces of dyed, embroidered cloth for the necks of the victors!’
“Let all your enemies die this way, Lord!
    But let all the people who love you
    be as strong as the rising sun!”
Then there was peace in the land for forty years.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We enter your sacred prayer space seeking your wisdom. You draw close to us and Life-giving Spirit encircles us. You hold us firm and say, “Not just my wisdom, child, but my anointing. Your ancestors prayed for the generations to come, that they may be rescued from the wicked ways of past generations. Rise now, for I am sending you. Put to death the old ways so I may fulfil the prayers of your ancestors in you.”

Thank you, Yahweh, that you fulfil your word. We invite you into our tents; we welcome you into our homes. Your word gives us skill for living and protection. You protect us from being ashamed. You provide peace in the most unusual, unexpected ways. Thank you for the blessings of protection, provision, and peace.

I receive your anointing today, Yahweh, and thank you for…

We are your royal priesthood, O LORD. We are your messengers in this world. Christ, as a light illumine and guide us. Christ, as a shield, overshadows us. Surround us on all sides and stay with us. Humble us to your wise guidance so we may walk surely on this path and greet each other in a good way, bringing you honour and glory.

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Revelation 12:1-12

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