The gospel requires that we place our complete and undivided trust in Jesus. Sometimes we think we don’t need any help when we really do. The deliverance story itself is found in the fourth chapter of Judges, and this is followed by the Song of Deborah in Judges 5. This was what Deborah did, and in this Deborah was the type of woman’s sceptre, which is that of yieldedness and love rather than dogmatism and defiance. Your browser will redirect to your requested content shortly. “And what shall I more say? New Covenant marriage was the original arrangement in the Garden prior to Adam’s sin. When that time ended, she sent for Barak and instructed him of his calling to deliver Israel. Bible Story: Deborah and Barak; Ref: Judges 4:1-24. The men with Barak then slaughtered the enemy but they were not alone for again we can ascertain from the song (e.g., Judges 5:8) that men of faith from other tribes numbering in total another 30,000 arrived on the scene and helped their brethren. When Deborah reminded Barak that God had instructed him to deploy his troops on Mount Tabor where God would lure the enemy forces and defeat them for His people, Barak’s response was quite curious. Here we see that lightning is God’s arrows, for they appear to shoot from heaven to earth with great flashes. We don’t need people, but we do. Perhaps the biggest hindrance to the message of sonship in the past few decades has been that the men who preached sonship failed to recognize the importance of the female’s role in this. By Barak assembling his men upon Mount Tabor, Sisera was encouraged to bring all his chariots out upon the flat plains of Jezreel that lie at the foot of the mount, just as Deborah predicted. A bee generally is harmless but it will sting if provoked and will die as a result. 197], “The Mission Begins”: Additional Resources for Preschool and Kids (Volume 10). 5 And she used to sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the sons of Israel came up to her for judgment. 3 Jabin had nine hundred iron chariots, and he ruled the people of Israel with cruelty and violence for twenty years. It may seem a little thing for a little band of heroes to hold a pass against an army, but that was the key to the whole situation. Following his simple plow and oxen, and carrying in his hand the rude ox-goad, which was just a long wooden shaft, with a sharp prod at one end, and an iron. The phrase, “this is the day” will be used again when God intervenes to destroy Gog (Ezekiel 39:8). How little he thought of himself, as he cried, “Woe is me, for I am a man of unclean lips!” and yet God used him to unfold the majestic visions of Messianic prophecy. She had set up shop under a tree in Ephraim called the "Palm of Deborah" (verse 5). 5 And she used to sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the sons of Israel came up to her for judgment. He didn’t need Deborah to go because God was with him. Both extremes are not good for us and both obscure the gospel. He had moved away from the other Kenites, the descendants of Hobab, the brother-in-law of Moses. Deborah was a prophetess and Barak needed God’s word close to hand. This victory was not all won by any single individual, but God linked together, as He loves always to do, many cooperating instruments and agents in the accomplishment of His will. © 1992 American Bible Society. Barak was not always weak; there came a time when he responded to the inspiring call of faith and became a hero. This established a partnership between Deborah and Barak, linking them together in this deliverance ministry. Deborah was a judge and a prophetess, as we read in Judges 4:4, 5, 4 Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. We also push these out through the Gospel Project for Kids Facebook page on Tuesdays that you could share if you wanted. ) The penalty for sin may be to enslave for a season, but this was never meant to be a permanent condition. II. It is Barak who is ‘the seed of the woman’. thank you for making me understand more about the two women. Nothing is said this time about Israel repenting prior to their deliverance, but this is implied. In the story of Barak and Deborah, we can certainly see that God is not biased or partial. Some are not. Deborah means “a bee,” with implications of being “orderly.” Her name comes from the Hebrew dabar, “to put words in order, to speak.” This name fits well with her prophetic gift, for she was called to speak the word of God to bring order and understanding in her judgments. It is Barak though who emerges from that tabernacle like Christ from the tomb. Again, we see in the story of Barak a man of weak and timid faith, losing much by his diffidence, and yet used of God and lifted to a diviner faith by the inspiration of Deborah.