The lessons of Uma Thurman, tent pegs, and millstones!

Uma Thurman is famous for her bloody revenge against her wicked husband in the “Kill Bill” stories. Though she was brutally beaten by her husband, character played by David Carradine, in the end, she puts a martial arts move on him that stops his heart. So he died. Not necessarily to endorse Tarantino, but only to point out that justice sought by women is a huge part of world history, which is why the two movies strikes a familiar chord: Scripture is filled with warnings about taking advantage of women. God will see to it that if you live a wicked life, you will get your come-up’ns! Cases in point:

In the book of Judges there was an army commander named Sisera, who served wicked Jabin, King of Canaan. Sisera was cruel and murderous for twenty years over the Israelites (Judges 4:1-3). The story ends:

“So on that day God subdued Jabin the king of Canaan before the people of Israel” – (4:23)

The way God did this was that Sisera’s army was defeated by Barak, commander of Israel’s army. But Sisera got away on foot and fled, running and running until he came to a tent where a housewife named Jael lived. She invited him to hide in her tent. Sisera was exhausted from running all day so he asked for water. She gave him milk. Sisera went to sleep, and:

“Jael the wife of Heber took a tent-peg, and took a hammer in her hand. Then she went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple until it went down into the ground while he was lying fast asleep from weariness. So he died” – (Judges 4:21). Ouch!

Later in the times of Judges, there was a wicked man named Abimelech who slaughtered all his brothers except one (because Jotham hid himself) just so he could have full control over the army and wage war against nearby cities. The people of Shechem wickedly supported this blood-bath. Later, Jotham gets the courage to tell the people of Shechem that there is coming a day when God will turn all this evil on your heads. As the story progresses, Abimelech was attempting to burn down the gates of another city that he wanted to pillage, but:

“And a certain woman threw an upper millstone on Abimelech’s head and crushed his skull. Then he called quickly to the young man his armor-bearer and said to him, ‘Draw your sword and kill me, lest they say of me, ‘A woman killed him.’ And his young man thrust him through, and he died . . . Thus God returned the evil of Abimelech, which he committed against his father in killing his seventy brothers. And God also made all the evil of the men of Shechem return on their heads, and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal (Gideon)” (Judges 9:53-57). Double Ouchy!

Take Aways:

1. All wickedness is under God’s control. If you think that your rebellion is more powerful than God, or that you can outwit God, you just might find your head either nailed to the ground or crushed to the ground. God is sovereign over everything – including your wickedness.

2. You will reap what you sow, eventually. Everyone does. No exceptions.

3. If you’re a man who lives wickedly, God might humiliate you in the end by using a woman to ruin you. Just say’n.

4. God uses some women to crack eggs and some women to crack heads. So watch it!

5. The role-play of Uma Thurman, Jael, and “a certain woman” are all part of God’s sly ways of getting justice. Which means,

6. All good stories of justice is evidence that we really do believe that some things are right and some things are wrong, and, that we instinctively want justice for all the wrongs ever committed. Period. Which further means,

7. Do you want God’s justice upon you, or do you want mercy? God crushed Satan’s head on the cross (Gen. 3:15) by bruising his own Son – Jesus. So either you submit your life to Christ, and you will receive mercy, or,

8. God will crush your head along with Satan’s. And he just might use a woman to do it! Again, just say’n.

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