What is said about Deborah?

  • Judges 4:4-5 | Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the people of Israel came up to herfor judgment.
  • Judges 5:7 | And the land had rest for forty years.
  • Chapter 5 | Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day…

What does Deborah say?

  • Judges 5:31 | I, Deborah, arose as a mother in Israel.
  • Judges 4:6-10 | She sent and summoned Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali and said to him, “Has not the Lord, the God of Israel, commanded you, ‘Go, gather your men at Mount Tabor, taking 10,000 from the people of Naphtali and the people of Zebulun.
  • Judges 4:6-10 | And I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by the river Kishon with his chariots and his troops, and I will give him into your hand’?” Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, I will go,but if you will not go with me, I will not go.” And she said, “I will surely go with you. Nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.” Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.
  • Judges 4:14 | And Deborah said to Barak, “Up! For this is the day in which the Lord has given Sisera into your hand. Does not the Lord go out before you?

What role does location play in her story?

What role does location play in her story?

  • Judges 4:11 | Now Heber the Kenite had separated from the Kenites, the descendants of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, and had pitched his tent as far away as the oak in Zaanannim, which is near Kedesh.
  • Judges 4:15-24 | And the Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and all his army before Barak…And Sisera got down from his chariot and Fled away on foot…to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite…
  • Judges 4:15-24 | And Jael came out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Turn aside, my lord; turn aside to me; do not be afraid.” …And he said to her, “Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.” So she opened a skin of milk and gave him a drink and covered him…Jael the wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand. Then she went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple until it went down into the ground while he was lying fast asleep from weariness. So he died. And behold, as Barak was pursuing Sisera, Jael went out to meet him and said to him, “Come, and I will show you the man whom you are seeking.” So he went in to her tent, and there lay Sisera dead, with the tent peg in his temple.

If your life were summed up in 2 chapters of the Bible, what would it say? What would you like it to say?

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There once was this woman. She was a prophet, a judge, a strong leader. She looked out and saw her people suffering. She saw oppression, slavery, hunger. The leaders were fearful to take action and wouldn’t go without her. So, she listened to God, took charge, and went with them into battle... a women warrior. People saw her strength, her compassion, her leadership. She overcame, not by her own faith, but by the faith God gave her! This is a story about Deborah.
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