OBJECTIVE: To understand that dating leads to marriage (a relationship that mirrors Christ’s love for us), so we should seek God’s guidance before starting a relationship.
MAIN IDEA: Dating is not a decision to be taken lightly.
More positively, Jael was included in sets of the female Nine Worthies, such as the prints by Hans Burgkmair.
CLOSING PRAYER: “Lord, we accept your truth regarding dating.
Please equip us to commit to your word and to quick repentance of relational sin.
Say, “We are going to create reminders to love God first.” Allow time for students to come up with a saying (e.g.
“Love God First”) or bible verse that reminds them of the first priority in our lives.
SCRIPTURE PASSAGES: Introduction (5 minutes) OPENING PRAYER: “God, give us the willingness to follow your will when it comes to dating, and help us to accept what the bible says about relationships.
Amen.” PREVIOUS LESSON REVIEW: Say, “Last week we discussed what the bible says about homosexuality.
Jael, however, sympathized with the Israelites because of the twenty-year period of harsh oppression inflicted on them by Jabin, his commander Sisera, and his nine hundred iron chariots. While he was sleeping, Jael took a mallet and drove a tent peg into his temple, killing him instantly.
Jael (whose tent would have been separate from Heber's) welcomed Sisera into her tent and covered him with a blanket. Now Jael took a stake in her left hand and approached him, saying, "If God will work this sign with me, I know that Sisera will fall into my hands.
In the Renaissance the subject is one of the most commonly shown in the Power of Women topos, with other biblical women who triumphed over men, such as Judith or Delilah.
Here she was used to show the risk for men in following women, in groupings including positive figures and scenes such as Judith beheading Holofernes, but mostly ones with female villains such as Phyllis riding Aristotle, Samson and Delilah, Salome and her mother Herodias an the Idolatry of Solomon.
The Kenites may have been a part of the Midianite group.