Today you should read: Judges 4
Judges 4 tells the story of Deborah and Barak (not to be confused with our current President). Deborah was one of five judges mentioned in the Old Testament who decided cases and made prophecies (hence the name prophetess) in southern Ephraim. She sent out for Barak and challenged him to lead an army of Israelites against the Canaanites. Barak got scared and asked Deborah to go with him to which she replied, “yes” but told him because of his cowardice, the glory of the victory would now go to a woman (4:8, 5:24-27). Six tribes of Israel ended up joining together to fight the Canaanites (the largest coalition of Israelite tribes that we see in this book). God was surely with Israel as they defeated Sisera who had 900 chariots with him for battle showing the strength of Israel’s opponents. Sisera was the only Canaanite who got away, thinking he could find safety at the tent of Jael (since there was peace between his king and the house of Heber, Jael’s husband). When approaching their home, Jael comforted and covered him with a rug. Yes, a rug. She then gave him a drink of milk and drove a peg into his temple while he slept. (As Ron Burgandy would say, “that escalated quickly.”) As the end of v. 21 prophetically proclaims, “so he died.” Later Jael showed Barak the very dead commander and this opened the door for the Israelites to pursue the king of Canaan ever further until they destroyed him.
Interesting little story but what does this have to do with our life? Well, here’s a couple of questions we can ask ourselves that relates to this chapter
- When God tells us to do something, do we cower and doubt like Barak or accept and obey His Word instantly? Notice how the glory that Barak should have received went to someone else because of his cowardice.
- Are there areas that we can work together with other Christian denominations for the glory of God and His mission? I mentioned earlier how those six feuding tribes of Israel came together to fight the Canaanites and thought of the many times we feud and poke fun at other churches when we could work together in certain areas where we do agree.. salvation? Abortion issues? etc.)
Posted by: Erik Koliser