When Ehud was dead, the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord. 2 So the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The commander of his army was Sisera, who dwelt in Harosheth Hagoyim. 3 And the children of Israel cried out to the Lord; for Jabin had nine hundred chariots of iron, and for twenty years he had harshly oppressed the children of Israel.
4 Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging Israel at that time. 5 And she would sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the mountains of Ephraim. And the children of Israel came up to her for judgment. 6 Then she sent and called for Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, “Has not the Lord God of Israel commanded, ‘Go and a]”>[a]deploy troops at Mount Tabor; take with you ten thousand men of the sons of Naphtali and of the sons of Zebulun; 7 and against you I will deploy Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude at the River Kishon; and I will b]”>[b]deliver him into your hand’?”
8 And Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!”
9 So she said, “I will surely go with you; nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.” Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.
Today we explore the life of Deborah, the only female of the 12 judges.
Deborah fulfilled her ministry without compromising her marriage.
“A woman of impact has the wisdom to be obedient to God’s call without creating misalignment in her relational roles.” – Dr. D’Ann Johnson
Deborah handled her position with humility and wisdom.
Deborah helped people obtain right standing with God and right living with others (v5b)
- Judgement was rendered on the people’s behalf
- Reconcile people to God AND people to people
Deborah did not have to get the credit for what would be done.
- Deborah knew that even though she was going she would not be the woman that God would use for the victory.
- Deborah’s only concern was that God’s word be fulfilled.
…“even if I don’t get the credit, I’m going to lift up another sister and cause her name to be recognized.” – Dr. D’Ann Johnson
Give God the victory!