We need to be like the 84 year old grandmother who fiercely maintained her independence and lived alone in the old family home. Her 4 children lived in the same town, but she rarely called them except in emergencies. It was with some apprehension, therefore, that one of her sons … More
We are introduced to Deborah, the prophetess, the fourth judge, and the only woman judge, who lived in central Palestine. For 20 years the Canaanites oppressed Israel and God raised up this prophetess to lead the way to victory (vv. 1-7). Associated with her was Barak, a military leader from the tribe of Naphtali to the north. He insisted that Deborah accompany him in the battle (v.8) which revealed his fear and weakness in the faith.
Barak was afraid to go to battle unless Deborah would go with him. When is the last time I have been afraid to go into a certain situation without someone with me? Do I ever find myself afraid to do certain things for the Lord without the security of others around me?
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Judges 1:1-20Partial Success in Southern Canaan
Judges 1:21-36Failure in Northern Canaan
Judges 2:1-15God’s Anger in Action
Judges 2:16-23Devine Testing of Israel
Judges 3:1-11The Sinful Failure of Israel
Judges 3:12-31Israel’s Apostasy is Described
Judges 4:1-24Israel’s Woman Liberator
Judges 5:1-16The Victory Song
Judges 5:17-31Those Who Love Him Will Prosper
Judges 6:1-10Conditions in Israel
Judges 6:11-24The Commission of Gideon
Judges 6:25-29Destroying the Pagan Altar
Judges 6:30-40Confirming the Will of God
Judges 7:1-15Who is on the Lord’s Side?
Judges 7:16-25The Defeat of Gideon’s Foes