Her name means “Honey Bee”
Key Scriptures is Judges 4-5
In the Book of Judges Chapters 4 and 5, Deborah the 4th Judge of Israel and the only female Judge mentioned in the bible, and the wife of Lapidot. Deborah was a prophetess who summoned Barak to battle against an army of invaders when they are threatened by the Canaanites. After the battle she wrote a victory song which is part of the book of Judges.
Her vision of the world around her was shaped not by the political situation of day but by her relationship with God. Though women in the ancient world did not usually become political leaders, Deborah was just the leader Israel needed---a prophetess who heard God and believed him, whose courage aroused the people, to throw off foreign oppression.
In the time of the judges when Israel had turned away from God in civil disorder. Deborah come forward to the challenge. As her wisdom in making judgment became known God spoke to Deborah, she immediately responded by calling Barak to lead the people in battle against their oppressor of 20 years. Barak was reluctant to go without Deborah which revealed Israel’s lack of strong male leadership. For 40 years the people prospered under her leadership. She lead with prayer, word of encouragement, and by her presence. He adversary lost his army, his honour, and his life. She was not the only female prophet but the only female to hold the title of Judge in Israel.
Interesting, when Deborah described herself, she didn’t use terms like prophet or leader or general or any other term of influence and power. She described herself as ‘a mother in Israel” Her position was not only mother to her own children but to the children of Israel.
Israel had forgotten who they were and Deborah reminded them and led them in victory over their enemies, and her demonstration of peace was known throughout all Israel.
You may not have a position of authority---however, you can be a mother to your children and the children in your neighborhood. And direct them in the right direction. If you will pray to God He can show you righteous direction for yourself and others. We must take a look at Deborah and ask what we can do to give right counsel and lead others into victory in direction God leads. Deborah found a song that encouraged her faith and gave that song to the nation.
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