Judith 13-16; 1 Corinthians 8

(As promised, the dramatic conclusion of “Judith”, as seen on the Hallmark Channel, starring Andie McDowell as Judith, Rhea Perlman as the maid, and Alec Baldwin (the best actor ever!) as Holofernes)

Judith 13:6-10  She went to the bedpost near the head of Holofernes, and taking his sword from it, she drew close to the bed, grasped the hair of his head, and said, “Strengthen me this day, Lord, God of Israel!” Then with all her might she struck his neck twice and cut off his head. She rolled his body off the bed and took the canopy from its posts. Soon afterward, she came out and handed over the head of Holofernes to her maid, who put it into her food bag. Then the two went out together for prayer as they were accustomed to do.

Drinking more alcohol in one day than since the day you were born seldom ends well, but it ended particularly badly for Holofernes.  Here is a link to Caravaggio’s Judith Beheading Holofernes, which should be a staple hanging on the wall in every Christian child’s bedroom:

http://www.caravaggio.org/judith-beheading-holofernes.jsp

At least Holofernes received the best hangover cure there is.  What I love about this painting is you can read the maid’s mind, which is obviously “I didn’t sign up for this.”

Simple lesson: don’t mess with God, especially when He can send a beautiful but bad-ass sword-wielding woman to even the score. Amen.

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