The mens' group at the church I attend had at least one man attend the “Band of Brothers” boot camp. He in turn began to get others excited about it. Many of us have decided that they wanted more and we have chosen to stop playing church and be the church God called us to be. More, seems to have come through the author John Eldredge.
Scripture Read: Judges 4:17-24 Now Sisera fled away on foot to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite, for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite. Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said to him, “Turn aside, my master, turn aside to me! Do not be afraid.” And he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug. He said to her, “Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.” So she opened a bottle of milk and gave him a drink; then she covered him. He said to her, “Stand in the doorway of the tent, and it shall be if anyone comes and inquires of you, and says, ‘Is there anyone here?’ that you shall say, ‘No.’ ” But Jael, Heber’s wife, took a tent peg and seized a hammer in her hand, and went secretly to him and drove the peg into his temple, and it went through into the ground; for he was sound asleep and exhausted. So he died. And behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him and said to him, “Come, and I will show you the man whom you are seeking.” And he entered with her, and behold Sisera was lying dead with the tent peg in his temple. So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the sons of Israel. The hand of the sons of Israel pressed heavier and heavier upon Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin the king of Canaan.
Application: This is a section of scripture that anyone who has been taught the standards of Christ would finddifficult to deal with. The thought of inviting someone into your tent and promising protection to them, lulling them to let their guard down and making them feel safe enough to fall into a deep sleep, then driving a tent peg through their head…
In a recent article in this column, the frightful consequences of being exposed at the judgment as not being known by Jesus was discussed in the context of relationship. This writer can conceive of nothing more frightening or dreadful to contemplate than this. If this is so of anyone, it is also so that that one does not himself know Jesus, regardless of any other factors in his or her life. Not being known by Jesus will result in separation from His presence, because they are accounted as workers of lawlessness.