Deborah was a multi talented women. She was a judge and a prophetess in the Israel. She Received God's knowledge and wisdom through her faith and served as a prophetess. She Played a wise role in the war which was held near river Kishon Judges Chapter 4
Canaanite king Jabin conquered Hozor and he ruled the people of Israel with cruelty and violence for 20 years. His strength was his cruel commander Sisera and his 900 iron chariots with a great army. He Oppressed the Israelites with his power.
Then the people of Israel were cried out to the Lord for help in their oppression.
✝God listened their prayers, and in the answer God used Deborah to communicate his will to the the people of Israel.
When Deborah received instructions from the Lord she moved forward to act on it.
⚔She acknowledged the God's plan to Barak and with his help she gather two clans of Israelites to fight with their enemies. With the Lord,'s instructions she appointed Barak as a commander.
When Barak was underconfident to attack their enemies, he asked her to lead them, without hesitation she went to the battlefield. She and her family was going through the same agony with her community, at that same time she know very well the strength of king Jabin.
She was a prophetess, not a warrior woman. She did not took her step back, she did not think pros and cons. But she know very well that their God was ready to give victory over their enemies. She was zealous to execute God's plan. so she moved forward with them to win the battle.
✌Because of her faithfulness and zeal, God's will was accomplished and Israelites were freed from their bondage.
Do we have the same zeal to execute God's plans?
Is our faith sufficient to conquer our enemies like Pride, poverty, sin and worldly desires?
Overcome your trial send temptations through your faith, be a prayer warrior to receive God's power to overcome trials and temptations in your life and lead a victorious life?
I am the covenant
⏳⚖ The angel of the LORD went from Gilgal to Bochim and said to the Israelites, You must not make any covenant with the people who live in this land But you have not done what I told you. You have done just the opposite!
⏳ When the angel had said this, all the people of Israel began to cry, As long as Joshua lived, the people of Israel served the LORD, and even after his death they continued to do so as long as the leaders were alive who had seen for themselves all the great things that the LORD had done for Israel.
⚖ That whole generation also died, and the next generation forgot the LORD and what he had done for Israel. Then the people of Israel sinned against the LORD and began to serve the Baals.
⏳ Israel was unfaithful to the LORD and worshiped other gods. Their fathers had obeyed the LORD's commands,
LORD SENT ⏳ Othniel, ⏳ Ehud, ⏳ Shamgar and ⏳ Deborah
That day God gave the Israelites victory.
The Song of Deborah
Praise the LORD! The Israelites were determined to fight; the people gladly volunteered.
Listen, you kings! Pay attention, you rulers! I will sing and play music to Israel's God, the LORD.
So may all your enemies die like that, O LORD, but may your friends shine like the rising sun!
"All glory and honour belongs to God alone"
Create a next generation
Judges 2:10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.
Just emphasize on the above highlighted portion of our key verse. Another generation came up which knew not the Lord.
If we the children of God do not bring up our children in a godly way we will become the reason for an outcome of ungodly generation.
We are very much aware that how difficult it is in these days to preach the gospel in this wicked world to this wicked generation. But what about our God given children?
What are you teaching your children?
What legacy are you leaving for your children?
God created us to create people for Him and to develop a godly generation.
As a parent the best gift we can offer for our children is the great salvation.
Does fulfilling the responsibility of parents in life means giving their children good education, good business/job or getting them a good life partner?
If that is the only perception concerning your children in your life as a child of God, you are mistaken.
Fulfilling the responsibility of parents means teaching them the word of God, bringing them in the fear of God so that the generation to come of our children that shall rise up rafter us might experience God, thus creating a next godly generation of their children till the coming of the Lord.
And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (Deut 11: 19)
What we sow today that we reap tomorrow. If we sow mere earthly seed to our children we may reap fruit but temporary, if we sow spiritual seed we reap life everlasting.
Spiritual decline of generations
Another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord.... Judges 2:10-11
Israelites were in Egyptian bondage for 430 years. God delivered them under the leadership of Moses. Because of their rebellion and sins, they were made to wander in the wilderness for 40 years. Finally under the leadership of Joshua, they reached the promised land, Canaan.God helped them to conquer the land and all the tribes got their share of land.
The people served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him..(Judg.2:7) Later another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.(Judg.2:10)
This slow spiritual downward journey resulted in Israel going away from God to worship the local gods. God had asked them to completely destroy the Cananites and their gods but they failed to do so.(Judg.1:21,27-35; 2:2) This disobedience and association with them slowly tempted them to intermarry with them( Judg. 3:6) and to worship their gods.
Let us see what all happened to Israel spiritually.
-They forsook the Lord, the God of their forefathers. Judg.2:12.
-They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. Judg.2:12.
-They provoked the Lord to anger. Judg.2:12.
-They served Baal and Ashtoreths. Judg.2:13.
'They prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped them. Judg.2:16.
-They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways. Judg.2:19.
Baal was the god over the weather and nature for the Canaanites. They worshipped him to get good weather, abundant crops and flocks or to get more personal wealth.
Ashtorath was the Cananite goddess of love, sex and fertility. The bottom line with Ashteroth was sex, love and romance.
Though God was trying to bring Israelites back to Him, they did evil in the eyes of the Lord. Judg.2:11; 3:7,12; 4:1..How about counting, how many times, this sentence is repeated in the book of Judges?
The Joshua generation had personal relationship with God and they were seeing the power of God. The later generations had no personal relationship with God and no personal awareness of His power.
True Christianity is not biologically transmitted. Each generation and each individual should have a personal relationship with God and should experience God in their personal life.
Our forefathers were close to God, were regular and active in their churches, were Godly, knew Bible and were prayerful....
What is the spiritual condition of the present generation of Christians?
Can we see the present generation compromising spiritually with the people around them, following their faith and practices and running after this world?
What could be the spiritual condition of future generations of Christians?
Are we studying God's word and obeying it? Who are our close friends and associates? Are they Godly or worldly?
What could be our role in bringing our generation and the future generations, closer to the Lord?
Deborah... God's Busy Queen Bee Doing God's Work...Judges 4.
The Hebrew meaning for Deborah is "bee" and she was a busy bee! Deborah, certainly did many things in her many roles, and got things done. She was the ultimate mutitasker. She donned different roles.
As the Israelites cry rose up to heaven, God, as an answer, stirred the heart of a remarkable and extraordinary woman, who knew how to understand the Mind of the Lord, and the Way of His deliverance, for she was in the secret place of her Most High God, and she knew that all things were possible to Him, Judges 4:1-4.
Deborah was a housewife, judge, prophetess, Judges 4:4-5. She was grounded, level-headed and heavenly minded. Her actions were swift and full of wisdom, when it came to settling disputes, Judges 4:6.
Deborah obeyed the Lord and insisted His will—not hers—be done in everything she did. In a disorderly, violent time, when Israel was fighting for land and survival, Deborah was called to help and she stepped forward and came to the aid of Israel's Army.
God through the life of Deborah has encouraged women like me, that regardless of our background and culture, we need a vision beyond our personal to go outside of the walls of our homes as housewives and serve God in the community with both women and men and to settle disputes and issues when we are given the opportunity instead of seeing ourselves as weak and powerless.
Deborah as the Brain Power and Barak as the Military Power seems an odd strategic partners going out to Battle. She was fearless, courageous and wise in organising an army and earned the respect of Barak who would not go to Battle without her, Judges 4:8.
There was an amazing partnership and mutual respect between Deborah and Barak. Deborah went with Barak without him having to go on his knees to beg her, and he in turn without complaining agreed for the honour of the victory would go to a woman, Judges 4:9. There were no ego clashes only the good of the Nation was their goal.
A woman may be an inspiration to a man and support him in any area,as Deborah did to Barak. But remember, there was One who went before Barak and before his host. It was not the power of Deborah or the military genius Barak and his officers, which won that victory. It was God who fought for them, and Deborah was well aware of it as a Prophetess.
Dear Child of God There is a great lesson in this for us. No matter how strong our military might can be, it is the Lord who gives us Victory. There is nothing like a Prayer Warrior in the Army! Mary Queen of Scots feared the Prayer of John Knox's more than the Assembled Army of Europe!
Even if our army is a small group of volunteers for the soup kitchen or a class full of sunday school kids, we can learn from Deborah's leadership style by putting aside any personal agenda, listening for God's clear direction, and letting others know who's really running the show with precision executive skills.
There will be some who won't help us in a crisis but God will Strengthen those who are with us for the Battle Belongs to the Lord. Let us arise like Deborah and Light up our Communities by being God's Mouthpiece to correct abuses, and redressing grievances.
Deborah's Life is a powerful example of how faith in action works! How I long for the Deborah Anointing on my life for times like this when there so much of conflicts, chaos and confusion in the community around me.
Our Nations need The Deborahs with Wisdom for Counsel and Conflict Resolution, Let's Arise and Bring The Truth of the Kingdom that lives in us to flow out into our the world around us... Amen.