Judith is not found in the Protestant Bible.
Yet, her story, canonical in Roman Catholic texts, reveals a woman who took a courageous stand for God.
Here are 5 Acts Revealing Judith’s Courage.
Courageous Act No. 1: Judith takes command in a time of desperation.
The Assyrians have the Jews under siege, and the town magistrates are ready to surrender until Judith steps up.
Courageous Act No. 2: Judith prays for direction from God.
She raises three prayers before God: 1. before her adventure; 2. for strength to behead the enemy leader; and 3. to celebrate victory over the Assyrians.
Courageous Act No. 3: Judith knows her strengths and uses them.
As a beautiful woman, Judith uses sensuality to worm her way into the Assyrian camp, promising to guide them to victory over Israel.
Courageous Act No. 4: Judith becomes weak to gain power over her enemy.
She throws a party for Holofernes, the Assyrian leader, and flatters the general with platitudes to his vanity.
Courageous Act No. 5: Judith strikes when God gives her the opportunity.
Judith beheads the drunken Holofernes with two blows from his own sword, wraps the head in a jeweled bed canopy, and carries it out of the camp.
We find a similar fate meted out to Sisera, a commander of the Canaanite army of King Jabin of Hazor, in Judges 4:21:
“But Jael the wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand. Then she went softly to [Sisera] 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.”
The women in the Bible are unparalleled in courage and in the power of the Living God. We are stronger when we learn from them.
God empowers us to victory when we trust in him.
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