God delights in strong women. Trust your God, adjust your mindset, and step into the authority God has given you. amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; Lessons from the Holocaust Christians cannot ignore. God has commanded Barak to lead out Israel’s army as deliverer of Israel; Deborah herself has communicated that command. The powerful woman of Deborah and the Book of Judges. ‘Through the window peered Sisera’s mother; behind the lattice, she cried out, ‘Why is his chariot so long in coming? And men, will you like Barak recognise God’s voice and respond bravely to the battles you to have been called to? Hers was an act of vengeance motivated by a thirst for justice and it fulfils Deborah’s prophecy that Barak’s opponent would be handed over into the hands of a woman. The poetry in Chapter 5, the Song of Deborah, smacks of realism and emphasizes the role of women. She clearly respects and embraces Barak’s God-ordained role. But who was this Deborah in the Bible? And what impacts can she have on us? So Deborah is judge, prophet and now a military advisor. Her reputation, strength, and wisdom won her trust and respect from the people. Wonderful post on Deborah. Think the calm spiritual authority of a Mother Teresa combined with the fiery certainty of a Margaret Thatcher (ok controversial combination, but I think you get the point)! Jael: Wife of Heber the Kennite, a former ally of Israel and now a friend to King Jabin. Yet Ehud, another judge preceding her, was remarked as being unusual for being left-handed! (If you think this too fantastical to believe, then think again, because this exact same battle scenario was repeated in the same location in 1799 when Napoleon overwhelmed the Ottoman Army, on the Battle of Mount Tabor). Three different women who are central to the story of a great battle and victory. When we read of these remarkable women and the faith calling of Deborah, it provokes us to think and respond. Can we have faith like Deborah? Perhaps this is why Deborah in the Bible stands out so much to me. We’re always up to something here at Rosevine Cottage whether that is redecorating some space in the house, working in the garden, or playing with the animals. But in the book of Judges they disobey him again and again, growing from bad to worse. She and her husband, Niel, make their home partly in Wheaton, Illinois, and partly in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Niel helps lead a network of Christian schools and universities. She’s not aware of her son’s death on the battlefield but like any mother of a soldier with no word of his fate, remains to wait and hope. Deborah is an awe-inspiring figure who overturns all misconceptions we might have about women, power and God-ordained leadership. Barak was Deborah’s junior, her next in command. Having received instruction from God, Deborah called forth an Israelite warrior named Barak. 10th May 2017 By Not Only Sundays 2 Comments. Your email address will not be published. Firstly, to better understand Deborah, we have to discover the world she lived in. ITS ELASTICITY. I knew before it happen because the spirit of God would come to. I don’t think Deborah would have minded; in fact, this is what Deborah was after: to lift up Israel’s leaders — to encourage them and help them act like leaders. So often we doubt the call on our lives because we fear that people won’t listen, that when it comes down to it we will fail, that we don’t know enough, aren’t equipped for the role. Deborah tells him to gather men and prepare to go to war. Your authority comes from God. It’s never enough, never good enough, what gives you the authority to step out, to lead, to be an example. I’ve been doing some digging lately into the story of Deborah in Judges 4–5. Using imagery that recalls the exodus, Deborah sings glory to God for his deliverance of his people, including the destruction of their enemies. Here is a strong woman used by God to exercise strategic leadership among God’s people; this is beautiful and important for us to see. It was truly inspiring to read. I learned as Deborah to trust and believe God at His word. What a great post on the life of Deborah! Interestingly, the name Deborah in Hebrew means Bee and Barak means Thunderbolt. God called her to a prominent position as a prophetess and judge at a time in history when He commonly appointed men to those positions. Required fields are marked *. Thank you so, so very much. IV. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. We find ourselves in Judges chapter 4 and the people of Israel have once again turned their backs on the Lord and are living under the oppression of the king of Canaan. The Song of Deborah is found in Judges 5:2–31 and is a victory hymn, sung by Deborah and Barak, about the defeat of Canaanite adversaries by some of the tribes of Israel. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "rosecottgirl-20"; Your authority comes from God, the attacks from the enemy are coming from a retreating army that has already lost the war. Read those verses Deborah sings about Jael: talk about expertise, not only with a workman’s mallet and a tent peg, but with an inspired poet’s power to craft words that pierce the heart. Deborah's story would stand out even without her unusual role as a military leader. Know that you may well be sharing the very same prophetic inspiration that Deborah had. Chapter 5 is basically a poetic recap of the prose that was set forth in Chapter 4. What’s more, she was completely confident in who she was and her special calling to God. What’s more, it will be a woman who takes the final victory too. Doubt and fear are old companions of my faith, ready to jump at any time to try and send me retreating to my comfort zone. He only says one thing: “If you will go with me, I will go,”. She informs him he must go into battle to have victory over Israel’s enemy at the time, the Canaanites. She kills him while he’s sleeping, with a tent peg. This has been throughout my life and I am now 66 yrs young. Now, she does give God’s judgment on Barak’s weakness: Sisera himself will die not by Barak’s hand, but by the hand of another strong woman, Jael. It’s said that people would travel great distances to bring matters to her as she sat and ‘held court’ under a palm tree (Judges 4:5). Deborah was part of a people who were part of God’s redemptive plan for humanity, and she faithfully played her part. As a woman specifically, I am encouraged to see how God distinctly prepares, calls, and uses men and women. amzn_assoc_linkid = "db6741ba339da579a4f55b474b89a575"; The most common theory is that Deborah’s King Jabin was a descendant of Joshua’s defeated enemy and that Hazor had been rebuilt during intervening years. ‘Certainly, I will go with you,’ said Deborah. So our focus will be more on Chapter 4, but if you read Chapter 5 you will see it is a poetic recap of Chapter 4. Each following the other. Kathleen Nielson is an author and speaker who has taught literature and directed women’s Bible studies. She did so because of God’s authority and we have that same ability today to take authority over the things which come into our lives. Thank you for sharing more about Deborah and having more knowledge of her,what an amazing woman of faith and her obedience to God and His calling is amazing! In fulfilling this role she had to say some brave things and challenge some big personalities. Maybe he wanted her to remind him of where his authority came when the hard days came, and people doubted their mission, and in the dark hours when he found himself wagging silent battles.