1. Exposition

What is ironic in Sisera's request for a negative answer?

Judges 4:20 (ESV)

20 And he said to her, “Stand at the opening of the tent, and if any man comes and asks you, ‘Is anyone here?’ say, ‘No.’”

To Sisera's own mind, this answer would help to prevent his being found. But little does he realize is a matter of his own life and death. But little does he realize that in prescribing her answer to the question…'there is no one,' he is passing judgment on himself, for in the end this mighty general of Jabin turns out to be a nobody."1