It comes to past that Moab is subdued under the hand of Israel. The land of Israel rests for fourscore years and ten (80 years). The people of Israel enjoy the favor of God for all these years and their land has been at rest; but the children of Israel begins to commit evil again in the sight of the Lord, at the death of Ehud. (The below was taken from the Holy Bible, Old Testament of Judges Chapters 4, 5, 6)
The people are unhappy as they willfully start to sin and they have “no” respect for God and they don’t fear his judgments either. The people continue to sin and they aren’t happy and they show “no” signs of shame either.
After the death of Ehud, the Lord hands the people over to Jabin king of Canaan that reigns in Hazor; the captain of whose host is Sisera, who resides in Harosheth of the Gentiles. The children begin to cry to the Lord who has nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years that they’re oppressing the children of Israel.
The judge of Israel at this time is Deborah, a prophetess, and the wife of Lapidoth. She resides under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount E’phraim where the children of Israel comes up to her for judgment.
Deborah sends for Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, and tells him; didn’t the Lord God of Israel command you to go and draw toward mount Tabor, and to take ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?
Barak tells Deborah he’ll draw the people to the river Kishon, Sisera, the captain of Jabin’s army, along with his chariots and his multitude and he will deliver him into Deborah’s hands. He tells her that if she will go with him, he too will go, but if she doesn’t go, then he won’t go either.
Deborah tells Barak she will go on the journey but not for his honor because the Lord is going to sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. Barak and Deborah journeys to Kedesh; Barak summons Zebulun and Naphtali to Kesdesh and he goes there with ten thousand men at his feet, along with Deborah.
Heber who is a Kenite, who is the children of Hobab the father in-law of Moses, separating himself apart from the Kenites, and he places a tent on the plain of Aaanaim, which is by Kedesh.
Sisera is shown that Barak the son of Abinoam has indeed went to mount Tabor. Sisera gathers all of his chariots and all the people with him from Harosheth of the Gentiles to the river of Kishon.
Deborah tells Barak to get up because this is the day the Lord will deliver Sisera into our hands.
Barak goes down from mount Tabor with ten thousand men following after him. The Lord embarrasses Sisera, his chariots, and his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak. Sisera gets down from his chariot and flees by foot. This doesn’t hamper Barak because he continues to pursue their chariots, the host, into Harosheth of the Gentiles and every one of the hosts of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword until there wasn’t a man left.
Sisera flees to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite because there is peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite. Jael goes out to meet Sisera, and she tells him, turn in, my lord, turn in to me and fear not. As Sisera turns into her in the tent, Jael covers him with a mantle.
Sisera asks for Jael to give him a drink for he’s thirsty; she opens a bottle of milk and gives him a drink; she then, covers him up again. He tells her to stand in front of the tents door and if anyone comes inquiring about him, tell them you’ve not see anyone.
Jael, Heber’s wife, takes a nail from the tent, taking a hammer in her hand, and goes into Sisera and she strikes the nail into his temples, and fastens it to the ground. Sisera is asleep because of his tiredness and he dies. It’s my belief that Jesus used Jael to do his work too. I think Jael was a great woman of God and she was glad God used her to be his servant.
Barak arrives at Jael’s tent looking for Sisera and she proceeds to take him to Sisera. Barak looks at Sisera as he lies there dead and with nails in his temples.
God subdues Jabin, the king of Canaan, before the children of Israel. The hand of the children of Israel prospers once again, and they prevail against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they destroy Jabin king of Canaan.
Deborah and Barak the Son of Abinoam sing, “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.”
The people of the Lord goes down to the gates, and they’re saying, awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam. The Lord made Barak to have dominion over the mighty.
Deborah has the attention of the people and they did what she told them. Several tribes fought the Canaanites, but the others did nothing. Rich men dodges the draft; the Reubenites stays with their flocks; Gilead stays on the other side of the river; and Dan remains with the ships, and the city of Meroz, Deborah curses them because none of them came to the help of the Lord and also to the help of the Lord against the mighty.
Deborah and preachers, i.e., Moses, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc., may speak the Word of God and plead for people to hear it, but no-one can make people listen to them; the Lord can make people hear and they do listen as he speaks; they also hear when they’re in dire need too.
Many people in our society run from hearing God’s word; and oft times, they allow sin to overtake their hearts and souls and they live their lives in sin until death. People hesitate to listen or hear God’s word and they end up losing sight of him entirely until it’s too late.
Yes, I do believe Barak wanted Deborah to go to the river of Kishon because he was a coward (God knows each man’s heart and soul), and God knew Barak was afraid to stand against a warrior. It’s my belief that God used Barak for the purpose of being able to use his own powers to fight and to win the battle. It’s also my belief that Barak gained strength and knowledge through all of this.There’s nothing impossible for God to accomplish.
We need to sing praises to God every day of our lives to recognize and worship him, giving him thanks for life and the provisions he provided for all mankind. We need to be proud that we are a child of his and not be ashamed to admit it. There needs to be more Deborah’s and Barak’s to sing praises to God everlasting.
This article was written by Barbara Ann Smith – Copyright 2012 – This is Barbara’s interpretations of the chapters listed herein.
The Holy Bible, the Old Testament, Judges Chapters 4, 5, & 6
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