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March 15 - Morning

“ 'Certainly I will go with you,' said Deborah.
'But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.'
So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh.”
-  Judges 4:9

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Cowards and Heroes


Deborah judged Israel from a central location in Ephraim between Ramah (5 miles north of Jerusalem) and Bethel (10 miles north of Jerusalem). She is described as "sitting," (Judges 4:5, yasab, "to sit" translated as, "She used to sit under the palm of Deborah" in ESV. Translated elsewhere as "remain," "inhabit.") which means she was presiding over the government and courts of Israel near the tomb of Deborah (This other Deborah was Rebekah’s hand-maiden who was buried under an oak tree just south of Bethel according to Genesis 35:8. She would have helped Rebekah, Isaac’s wife, raise Jacob and Esau.) The position of being seated was similar to King Saul “sitting” in 1 Samuel 14:2 under a pomegranate tree outside Gibeah only 2 miles south of Ramah to oversee his war council of 600 men.

It is interesting to note that the sons of Israel ‘ala, “went up,” (Judges 4:5) to her at Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim. In Judges 20:18, 23, 27 ‘ala is a technical term meaning “to go up to the high place to inquire or seek guidance from a deity.” Due to the failure of the priesthood to carry out their duties, the collapse of their education institution, and their refusal to obey, and thus, be able to seek guidance from the Lord, the people have had to turn to Deborah who is a woman used by God in order to speak to and lead his people.

Deborah’s authority covers all of Israel since she sends word to Barak in the city of Kadesh in Naphtali 90+ miles away which is at the furthest extend of Israel’s territory 17 miles north of the Sea of Galilee.  When Barak arrives Deborah gives him a detailed battle plan that has already been established. Barak’s assignment is to recruit 10,000 men from Naphtali and Zebulun and move those troops toward Mount Tabor. This movement of Israeli troops will draw the Canaanite General Sisera with his chariots into the Jezreel Valley which the Kishon River has been known to flood in as little as 15 minutes. At that point the Lord will hand Sisera, his troops and their chariots, which will be stuck in the mud, over to Barak.

The cultural of Israel, at this point in history, and throughout the book of Judges, is plagued with cowardly men whose souls can only seek their own security and their own selfish satisfaction. This is the result of their lack of faith which is a manifestation of their ignorance of God. Barak manifests this attitude when he responds to the Word of the Lord spoken to him by Deborah by saying:

“If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.” (Judges 4:8)

To which Deborah confidently replies,

“Certainly I will go with you. But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.”

Barak and the men of his generation were selfish cowards. This is the case for all men in any generation who are void of the knowledge of God and are living without confidence in their Savior and Lord. Likewise, men in a biblically illiterate church will be cowards in need of constant approval from people and motivated by self-glorifying works of religious hypocrisy.

When the Lord called Moses, Joshua and others he promised them that He would certainly go with them and secure the victory. It is interesting that the Lord doesn't have a chance to promise his presence with Barak, since Barak asks for the presence of Deborah instead. Deborah, on the other hand, is fully confident that the Lord's presence will be with her and Israel's troops. She is not afraid to go.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"The history of missions is the history of answered prayer."
- Samuel Zwemer

Something to Ponder??

The Angel of YHWH is more than an angel. An appearance of the Angel of the Lord (YHWH) in the Old Testament was a manifestation of the 2nd member of the Trinity, the Son of God. The Angel of the Lord spoke as God to Hagar (Gen.16:7-14); to Abraham (Gen.22:11-12). He called himself God to Jacob (Gen.31:11-13). The Angel of the Lord spoke to Moses from the burning bush calling himself the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Ex.3:2-7). He claims to have brought Israel out of Egypt and has a covenant with Israel (Jud.2:1-5). The Angel of the Lord accepts offerings and worship (Jud.13:2-22). The Angel of the Lord is an appearance of the second member of the Trinity. John writes:“No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.” (Jn.1:18) The role of the Son of God is to make the Father known, or to reveal his thoughts. The second member of the Trinity is called the Word because he reveals or communicates, so John begins his gospel saying:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”
(Jn.1:1, 14)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Nabat (Hb) – Look (Eng) – nabat is the Hebrew word that means “to look,” “to regard,” “to behold.” Nabat refers to physical looking in Exodus 3:6. In First Samuel 16:7 nabat means
spiritual appreciation.

Jewish eschatology, with its anticipation of a Messiah and hope of national restoration, was well known even by the Roman historians Suetonius and Tacitus. The Jews differed in the way they anticipated the Messiah would come. Some thought the Anointed One would be:

  • a second Moses
  • a royal son
  • a suffering servant
  • a chosen high priest

All of these ideas are rooted in the Old Testament are a part of a fuller understanding of Jesus Christ.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I have faith to act bravely and with confidence?
Do I know God's ways so that I can fearlessly serve others without concern for myself?
I will learn of God, trust his character and live boldly with acts of love towards others.
  "The house of the righteous contains great treasure,
    but the income of the wicked brings ruin."
- Proverbs 15:6
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Numbers 3:1-16 Judges 5 Deuteronomy 11-12
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For peace and contentment

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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem

Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

A 1.5 inch seal used to press a personal signature (or, identification marks) into a piece of clay to seal a document has been identified as Queen Jezebel's royal seal.
This could have been used to seal the document
ordering for the death of Elijah in 1 Kings 19:1-3.)
(Detail here and here) (click on image for larger size)

This is the rebuilt gable of the synagogue in Korazin (Chorazin) setting
infront of the remains of that synagogue. (Details here, here and here.)
(click on image for larger size)
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