“Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, judged Israel at that time.” Judges 4:4 Amplified
During the time of Deborah, our woman of the Bible for today, Israel had several individuals appointed by God to be judges over them. Deborah was one of those judges.
It’s surprising to me that a woman would be chosen by God in such a male driven society. This could speak to the fact that the men were not being very good leaders at that time. We see today in many of our churches that women comprise the majority of those attending. When the men abdicate the spiritual leadership of the family, it falls on the women. The example of Deborah gives me encouragement too, showing God will use women as well as men to speak to His people.
At the time Deborah was judge Israel had been sold to Jabin the king of Canaan. The scriptures don’t describe what that meant for the Jews, but they went to Deborah for judgment. She sent for a man named Barak and told him to bring 10,000 men, then she would get the general of Jabin’s army to go out and meet them. She told Barak she would deliver Jabin’s army into his hand. He agreed, but only if she went with him. She told him she would, though not for his glory, but for the Lord’s. She trusted God to take care of her. When the two groups met the Lord confused and terrified the enemy, the general and all his men were killed.
Deborah, Barak and all the Israelites sang praises to God for protection and blessing. Judges 5:2 says, “For the leaders who took the lead in Israel, for the people who offered themselves willingly, bless the Lord!”
Deborah is a lesson to me of submission and willingness to serve. When we give it all to the Lord and trust Him we are victorious.