The men in the region were lacking in leadership skills as evidenced by Deborah’s judgeship. No matter the reason – she agreed to go with him. Her presence would also inspire the troops. Nevertheless, Barak would receive no glory for the battle’s success or the deliverance of the Canaanite general into their hands.
She was revered and feared – not because she was ruthless, but because she was faithful to her office and responsibilities. She reminds me of Solomon when he ruled and settled disputes during his reign in Israel (I Kings 4:29).
|"Deborah beneath the Palm Tree"|
by James J Tissot
Next we see Deborah and Barak singing a psalm of praise to God for their success. This song recants the recent victory by the hand of God, and reiterates how two foreigners had a part in rescuing His people from destruction. It also mentions how some of the tribes of Israel rose to the occasion by accepting their call to battle, while the others were missing in action. Divine intervention and nature’s wrath ensured the enemy’s defeat, while taking advantage of something as simple as an act of hospitality to set up the opposing general’s demise.
How awesome our God is that He would showcase a woman of valor among so many women of renown in Scripture.
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