Sisera's Mother Awaits His Return
24 x 36
Gouache, pen, pencil, and nail enamel on canvas
Black Bible Illustrations
...the desire of the wicked shall perish. Psalm 112:10
The day begins to wane and twilight steals over the horizon as Sisera's mother gazes through the lattice, becoming more and more worried by the minute.
Israel should have been an easy conquest.
Why then, is it taking so long for Sisera to return? She imagines that at any moment she will hear the sound of his chariot approaching. Yet it never comes.
DEBORAH IS A "SEER";
AN UNSEEN OBSERVER
God has teleported Deborah in the spirit to Harosheth, and like an invisible guest, she can see and hear everything going on in the room where Sisera's mother stands with her two ladies in waiting. The mother is troubled because she knows how valiant Sisera is in battle. He should have returned hours ago.
WHAT DEBORAH HEARD AND SAW
The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?
Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned answer to herself,
Have they not sped? have they not divided the prey; to every man a damsel or two; to Sisera a prey of divers colours, a prey of divers colours of needlework, of divers colours of needlework on both sides, meet for the necks of them that take the spoil? Judges 5:28-30
THE CARNAL FEEDING FRENZY ABORTED
BY GOD'S MERCY AND CARE FOR ISRAEL
Judges 5:30 shows that after winning the battle Sisera's troops planned to carnally pleasure themselves with young captive Hebrew women,
and Sisera planned to expand his wardrobe with exquisite, fancy clothes.
However, God shut this rampage fest down and delivered his people. Not because our ancestors were so virtuous and spiritually faithful to him at all times. but because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and because he is good, and his mercy endures forever!
!! ARTIST OBSERVATION !!
If we commit iniquity, God will chasten us with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men. But if he goes before us into battle as the Captain of the host, victory is assured!