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Biblical Culture – Godly Women – Deborah

by on April 25, 2013

There was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in their own eyes

Then God raised up a judge – a judgess, actually, a prophetess. Her name was Deborah.

There would seem to be no need for Hollywood or even for Shakespeare. The Bible contains enough drama and intrigue to match the best of them.

Deborah lived and judged in traumatic times. Israel was at risk. They had disobeyed God and now God “sold them into the hands of an enemy.” Destruction was sure.

Where were the men? Where were the men to lead the people? There was a man. His name was Barak. Deborah gave Barak the message that God had given to her.

God said, “Go to battle against the enemy and I will give you the victory!”

And Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!”

What kind of answer was that? What was he saying? He was saying that he would only go to battle if a woman would go with him! How insane is this? A man who would only go if a woman would hold his hand? What kind of man would say something like this? Where were the real men?

What did Deborah say? “I will surely go with you; nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking, for the LORD will sell the enemy into the hand of a woman.” Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to battle.

They went to battle. They won the battle. The enemy king was killed by a woman.

  • A woman heard from God.
  • A woman presented the word from God to a man.
  • A woman joined the army against the enemy.
  • A woman killed the enemy leader.

Where were the men?

The song that followed in Judges 5 indicates that there were more men who stayed behind and did not join the battle. It was a traumatic time in Israel indeed.

We are living in traumatic times today. Where are the men? The real men who hear from God and take the message to the people?

It is time for men to be men of God –

  • Men who will go to battle alone if need be.
  • Men who will decry the wrong and sin around them.
  • Men who will lead the women and children in their lives.
  • Men who will direct the Church of today.
  • Men who will feed the flock.
  • Men who will stand alone.
  • Men who will put integrity above politics.
  • Men who will put truth above comfort.
  • Men who will invest in more than money and business and fun.
  • Men who will see their highest call to raise their children for God.
  • Men who will find their joy in God and His Word.
  • Men who will look on things of eternity and not on things of time.
  • Men who will be led by the Holy Spirit of God.
  • Men who will not be dissuaded from truth.
  • Men who will die for what is right.

Where, I say, are the men?

Must women once again lead God’s people?

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