A mother in Israel

Judges 4:1-24

We resumed again today with the Sin – Deliverance- Sin again cycle which the Israelites seemed to have gottenn used to. This time around, they were sold to Jabin king of Canaan, and oppressed through the captain of his army -Sisera, for twenty years.

On crying out to God this time around, he raised for them a prophetess in Deborah, who was a judge to the people. Deborah told Barak God’s word to go to war against Siserah with a proise of victory despite Siserah’s chariots of iron. Remember that the tribe of Judah was unable to drive out the inhabitants of the valley areas because of these same chariots of Iron (Judges 1:19).

So no wonder when Barak said he would not go to war except he had the presence of Deborah. Israel had not yet conquered those with chariots of iron beyond Jordan. Deborah decided to go with Barak, but warned him the honour of the victory of the battle would be to a woman. Barak did not seem to be bothered about that at all.

So, when Siserah heard that Barak had gone to mount Tabor he went to war with all his chariots of Iron. The Lord however fought for Israel, discomfited Siserah’s army and gave Israel victory. Siserah fled off from the battle ground on his feet and ran to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber.

Jael completed the work Barak began by killing Siserah while asleep. She invited him in, offered him milk, and while he slept drove a tent peg into his temples. So, the prophecy Deborah gave was fulfilled. Israel had victory, continued to prosper and eventually prevailed against Jabin.

Some verses to remember

vs 15: And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak.

Vs 24: And the hand of the children of Israel prospered, and prevailed against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.

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