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Deborah called on her own soul to be in earnest. He that will set the hearts of other men on fire with the love of Christ, must himself burn with love, The Canaanite kings came looking for the spoil of battle, as they charged up the Valley of Jezreel with their 900 chariots of iron (vv. 17-19). Normally the foot soldiers of Deborah and Barak would have been defeated by the heavy armor of horses and chariots but in a moment everything changed as a rainstorm flooded the valley and chariots bogged down in the mud. In the confusion the Canaanites had to abandon their chariots and run for their life (vv. 20-21). Because of Gods’ intervention Israel won a great victory that day (vv. 22-23).
Gratitude is vividly expressed in this song to Jael, wife of Heber the Henite for her brave deed in killing the enemy general Sisera (vv.24-27). At the same time a picture is drawn of Sisera’s mother standing at the window looking for her son to return in his chariot with the spoils of triumph, but she waits in vain. Two women rejoiced in victory (Deborah and Jael) but one woman (the queen mother) wept in sorrow (vv. 28-30). The writer stresses that it was the Lord’s intervention that gave them the victory (v. 31). He makes it plain that those who oppose Him must perish, but those who love Him and cooperate with Him will prosper.
Have I shown gratitude to the Lord recently for some battles He has given me victory in? It is easy for me to get to thinking I am strong and can fight my own battles when really I am no match for the enemy. I am weak and He is strong and I need to look to Him for my victories.
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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
Judges 8:1-12The Surprise Attack
Judges 8:13-23Gideon’s Sense of Justice
Judges 8:24-35The Concluding Days of Gideon