Ref: Judges 4
We greet you our dear Christians in Jesus name. We believe that God has continued taking care of you and hiding you in His wings. We thank you for the great work you did last Sunday as we gathered resources for the new sanctuary. May God bless each one of you.
September, being the ladies month, we will concentrate on the women characters in the Bible and see how God used women and How God is still using women today for his glory. We begin with Deborah whose account is given in Judges 4 and 5. We read that Deborah was a judge of Israel, she was a prophetess and a wife of Lappidoth. She took over the reign of Israel after the death of Ehud.
According to Judges 3.30, Ehud had managed to return Israelites to true worship of Yahweh and because of that there was peace and rest for 80 years in Israel. When Ehud died, Israelites turned against God and worshipped Canaanite gods. God allowed them to be attacked and invaded by Jabin, the king of the Canaanites who oppressed them for 20 years. The Israelites cried unto God and this time God gave them a woman deliverer called Deborah. According to a bible commentator, Matthew Henry, Deborah means bee and describe her character as industrious, sharp perception,, great usefulness, sweetness to her friends but harsh to her enemies. God raised her to deliver the Israelites. She received the prophecy to go and fight Jabin and the Canaanites. We see her asking one of the military leaders in Israel Barak to help her but Barak insist that he could not go without her. We read that the two were able to raise a small army of about 10,000 people most of them being volunteers and they faced the very strong army of canaan that was led by Sisera. In judges 4.15 and 5.21, we see how God caused river Kishon to overflow its banks and how the Iron chariots of Jabin army were swept away and the soldiers died. Sisera ran away by foot, entered a tent of his friend but his friend wife, Jael killed him. God gave Canaan under the hands of Deborah and the land had peace and rest under her reign.
The story of Deborah, a national and a religious leader of Israel shows us that God was using both men and women in His work. Together with Deborah, there were other prophetess in the Bible such as Miriam—Exodus 15.20, Huddah 2 kings 22.14, Anna Luke 2.36 and the four daughters of Phillip acts 21.9. We need to be assured that even today, God is in the business of using both women and men in the business of making the world a better place. Women must not feel intimidated or count themselves as second class human beings because God want them to be active in every sphere of life. We know that Deborah was a married woman but she was not satisfied in staying at home and just serving her husband and children but went out, gave herself into the work of God and work of her community. Today, the lord is giving women wings to fly and go far in their service to God and humanity. As Deborah, God is calling women to be courageous and zealous for the work of God and together with men, God will use His people to make the world a better place. God bless you.