TOPIC: Deborah The Warrior
MEMORY VERSE: “And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.” – Judges 4:4
BIBLE PASSAGE: Judges 4:1-22 KJV
1 And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, when Ehud was dead.
2 And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles.
3 And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.
4 And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.
5 And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.
6 And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?
7 And I will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand.
8 And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, than I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, than I will not go.
9 And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.
10 And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet: and Deborah went up with him.
11 Now Heber the Kenite, which was of the children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which is by Kedesh.
12 And they shewed Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam was gone up to mount Tabor.
13 And Sisera gathered together all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people that were with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto the river of Kishon.
14 And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the LORD hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the LORD gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.
15 And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, and fled away on his feet.
16 But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left.
17 Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite: for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.
18 And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not. And when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she covered him with a mantle.
19 And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him.
20 Again he said unto her, Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall be, when any man doth come and enquire of thee, and say, Is there any man here? that thou shalt say, No.
21 Then Jael Heber’s wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.
22 And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.
Deborah, the wife of a man called Lapidoth was a prophetess and a judge of Israel. She lived in the 12th century BC and held her court under a tree called “the palm of Deborah” in Ephraim. Deborah’s story is found in Judges, chapter 4 and 5. Her story emphasizes God’s willingness to use men and women alike.
- Character And Achievement
- Lessons From Deborah’s Life
1. CHARACTER AND ACHIEVEMENT
Apart from being an exceptional woman, we can say the following about Deborah. She had confidence in God and this made her bold enough for what seems like a deadly assignment (Judges 4:6-7; Psalm 118:9). She judged under a palm tree, a setting which Rabbinic tradition maintains, that validated her fairness, openness and refusal to show partiality (Judges 4:5). She was considerate in her leadership role. She understood Barrack’s plight in refusing to go to battle alone against Jabin’s without her ( Judges 4:8-9).
Deborah was the only woman in the Bible to hold the position of a prophetess and judge of Israel at the same time. When Deborah became judge, the Israelites had been subjected for 20years by Jabin, king of Cannan. She was relevant both in civil and religious affairs (Judges 4:4). She served during a time when none of the men were willing to lead. She was a successful judge and wife. The triumphant song of Deborah is one of the most ancient literary pieces in the Bible (Judges 5: 1-31). Under her guidance, barrack conquered Sisera’s army and delivered Israel from the oppression of the Canaanite King, Jabin. The Lord used her to set her people free.
2. LESSONS FROM DEBORAH’S LIFE
God often calls people to step out in faith to attempt the unexpected which may require great risk and effort on our part (Judges 4:6-7; 2 Corinthians 5:7). If God has a work for us and we turn it down, He will find someone else to do it (Judges 4:6-9). God’s work, when it is done in God’s way, brings triumphant songs (Judges 5). God often used unlikely people and sources to accomplish His plans like He used Jael (Judges 4:21; 1 Corinthians 1:27). We can see that God’s power is what matters, regardless of the instrument He chooses to use. Men or women, strong or weak, confident or hesitant – all are strong when they are moved by God’s Spirit and filled with His strength (Proverbs 21:31).
CONCLUSION: God is willing to use you if you make yourself available.
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