“And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.”
She was a prophetess, which means the Lord had gifted her with the ability to discern the purpose of God and declare it to others.
She was the fifth judge of Israel, a picture of grace, in a time when men did that which was right in their own eyes.
She is the only woman, recorded in Scripture, to judge Israel.
She called for Barak to go unto Mount Tabor and defeat the Jabin’s army.
Barak knew they would be outnumbered, and was only willing to go if she went with him.
“And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.”
She led by faithfully doing as she said she would do, knowing the Lord would fight on their behalf.
“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.”
She led by praising the Lord as she sang with Barak of their victory.
“Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying, Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves. Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel.”
Though we have no record of her bearing any children, she became the mother of all of Israel by her faithful service.
“The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.”
She faithfully had her heart fixed upon the Lord.
She sat under her palm tree righteously judging the people He had given her.
She faithfully went to battle with a sword in her hand, and sang praises unto the Lord for His provision.
Deborah serves as an example that a woman can be enabled by the Lord to lead. We can choose to carry the Sword of the Spirit with us into the battles we face, while singing a song of praise unto Him for His glory and grace.
Jeremiah 17-18 | John 15 | Psalm 27
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