Deborah was a prophetess and Barak needed God’s word close to hand. How fitting it is, for example, that Sisera is to be found dead in the tent of Jael. [Click Here for instructions/explanation of new search bar]. Barak responded in Judges 4:8, 9. When Barak defeated Jabin [Yah-bene], he pictured the word of God discerning “the thoughts and intents of the heart” and thus bringing perfect divine judgment upon the merchant bankers. for the time will fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthah, of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets; who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.” Heb. You can also make a payment directly to us for items you have ordered. Your browser will redirect to your requested content shortly. I thank the Holy Spirit for using your group, to assist us in understanding God’s intervention and power in these circumstances. By Barak assembling his men upon Mount Tabor, Sisera was encouraged to bring all his chariots out upon the flat plains of Jezreel that lie at the foot of the mount, just as Deborah predicted. His name is also indicative of how Sisera would be defeated by thunderbolt, storm and tempest. The prose version begins with the first three elements of the recurrent cycle: Israel's apostasy (v. Get our latest tips and leader helps with our free monthly e-newsletter. Shamgar did not have to wait till he had a sword or spear or battle-bow from the armory, but he took the weapon that lay next at hand, and he turned it against the enemy, and so God wants your real resources just as they are, to be used for Him. She, like the Lord, both wrestles and ‘bruises in the head’ the enemy within her own tabernacle. One more layer to consider. Jabin the King of Canaan terrorised the northern regions of the land and the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali suffered particularly. The power of God has to do with the voice of the Lion of the tribe of Judah speaking by the Holy Spirit. 5 And she used to sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the sons of Israel came up to her for judgment. 4 Now Deborah, the wife of Lappidoth, was a prophet, and she was serving as a judge for the Israelites at that time. With this great victory there was peace in the land for forty years. “If you want a field of labor, You can find it anywhere.”. Brian, his wife, Tara, and their three children—Joshua, Hannah, and Caleb—live in Murfreesboro, TN, where Brian enjoys drinking coffee and teaching 1-3 graders at City Church. Deborah means “a bee,” with implications of being “orderly.” Her name comes from the Hebrew dabar, “to put words in order, to speak.” This name fits well with her prophetic gift, for she was called to speak the word of God to bring order and understanding in her judgments. While she knew that she was called by her spiritual qualifications to lead her people to deliverance from the enemy, yet she took particular pains to find a man to be the executive officer of her plans, and the leader of God’s hosts in the divine campaign. Chapter 4 – Gideon, or the Strength of Weakness. So Barak and Deborah both represent the word of God in similar ways. Judges 4:6 says, 6 Now she sent and summoned Barak, the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali, and said to him, “Behold the Lord, the God of Israel, has commanded, ‘Go and march to Mount Tabor, and take with you ten thousand men from the sons of Naphtali and from the sons of Zebulun’.”. Deborah’s specific role (as a “bee”) was to bring in the divine order through the word of God. Hence, in this story the emphasis is on the importance of the role of the woman, without whom the enemy cannot be slain, nor can the sons of God be manifested. There is a resurrection to newness of life and a new age of righteousness and peace. Now Sisera must … Give Him what you have, be faithful where you are, do what you can, and He will do the rest. Login. (Amos 3:7) God used her to communicate His will to the people of Israel. It takes both a father and a mother to bring forth a son. The name ‘Jael’ means ‘mountain goat’ and so we see her like this unobtrusive, shy animal being sure footed in an effort to be in the spiritual heights. Deborah was a prophetess and Barak needed God’s word close to hand. 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Yes, God can use the weakest instruments, and He generally does choose the poor in spirit, and the temperaments that are naturally the opposite, to clothe them with His supernal might, and use the foolish things of this world to confound the wise, and the weak things to confound the strong, and the things that are despised, yea, and the things that are not, to bring to nought the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. Her husband does not feature in the record at all, other than that we are told his name “Lapidoth” which means ‘torch’ or ‘firebrand’. Click on the Donate button below. He never lets us down and He helps us perfectly. Some are not. There are too many for us to be able to do many of the activities you suggest. 10 Barak called the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh, and ten thousand men followed him. Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help. Bible Story: Deborah and Barak; Ref: Judges 4:1-24. The Lord is leading you! Deborah, a prophetess, was called to be Judge, and under assurance from the Lord she called Barak to be captain of Israel's armies. He glanced down at her leg for a few seconds and thankfully  didn’t stare or make a big deal out of what he saw. All Rights Reserved. Israel was held under Jabin's oppression for twenty years by that time. I thanked him for his offer and willingness to help, but told him she was fine. New Covenant marriage was the original arrangement in the Garden prior to Adam’s sin. 1 After Ehud died, the people of Israel sinned against the Lord again. I know more than one businessman whose office is an object lesson of Bible texts and divine messages, and who never meets a caller without some hint of eternal things, and never writes a letter without some little enclosure which can speak for God and salvation. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 13:43). I know a humble shoemaker in a New England town who finds in his little shop every day a dozen opportunities for preaching Christ, as well as living the Gospel, and who has been used of God to lead scores of his visitors and customers to the experience and the blessing which has transformed his own heart and life. thank you for making me understand more about the two women. Jael’s name means “mountain goat,” because the root word ya-al, means “to ascend, hold as valuable or useful.” Mountain goats were known to have the ability to ascend to mountain heights. Updated Permissions for Using The Gospel Project for Kids. The campaign of Deborah and Barak against Sisera and his army is one of the most famous military clashes of the Bible.