Have you ever had to do something you dreaded so badly, that you pleaded with someone to go with you to help you face your fears? Most of us have had to experience this a time or two.
The prophetess Deborah sings a song after a huge victory in battle and she says, “…in the days of Jael, the highways were abandoned; travelers took to winding paths, villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until me, Deborah, arose, until I arose, as mother in Israel. God chose new leaders when WAR came to the city gates, but not a shield or spear was seen among forty thousand in Israel. My heart is with Israel’s princes, with the willing volunteers among the people” Judges 5:6-9 NIV.
Perhaps you will be a willing volunteer?
This message is about women. Women are getting ready to rise up. Actually, women have always been victorious since the beginning of time. These are women who are willing volunteers. Women who have said, “I will go.”
Spare me the scriptures on suffering not a woman to teach. That is a whole other topic. No, this message is about the men HaShem called to fight and the women who had to take their place. There are men HaShem has told to get prepared for this hour, but they have ignored the voice of YAH. I still believe in a God who is using people today and not just back in biblical years. We are going to take a look at two women and one man named Barak.
“Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, now that Ehud was dead. So the Lord sold them into the hands of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. Sisera, the commander of his army, was based in Harosheth Haggoyim” Judges 4:1-2 NIV.
The commander of Jabin’s army was Sisera. This evil ruler had 900 iron chariots and he ruthlessly OPPRESSED Israel for 20 years. The people prayed for HaShem to deliver them and Yahweh heard.
Deborah, the wife of Lappidoth, was a prophetess, who was judging Israel at that time. One day she sent for Barak son of Abinoam, who lived in Kedesh in the land of Naphtali. The name Kedesh comes from the verb (qadash) to be consecrated, hallowed, and sanctified, to separate. This is a key to being used in this last hour. We must be different from the world.
Deborah speaks to Barak and says,
“Behold, the LORD, the God of Israel, has commanded, ‘Go and march to Mount Tabor, and take with you ten thousand men from the sons of Naphtali and from the sons of Zebulun. ‘I will draw out to you Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his many troops to the river Kishon, and I will give him into your hand.” Judges 4:6-7 NASB”
Barak told her, “I will go, But only if YOU go with me.”
Did you catch that? This Prophetess of Israel tells him, HaShem has already given you the victory, just go fight the battle! So Deborah says,
“Very well, “I will go with you. But you will get “NO HONOR” in this venture, for the Lord’s victory over SISERA will be at the hands of a woman.”
Honor is a word that has multiple meanings. Several come to mind like respect, esteem, and admiration. Barak gets none of those things. All his fighting and all the victory in battle will be passed to a woman. King Saul comes to mind. A shepherd boy named David would end up getting the honor and the head of a giant.
Then Deborah said to Barak, “Get ready! This is the day the Lord will give you victory over Sisera, for the Lord is marching ahead of you.” So Barak led his 10,000 warriors down the slopes of Mount Tabor into battle. When Barak attacked, the Lord threw Sisera and all his chariots and warriors into a panic. Sisera leaped down from his chariot and escaped on foot. Then Barak chased the chariots and the enemy army all the way to Harosheth-haggoyim, killing all of Sisera’s warriors” Judges 4:14-16 NLT.
Not a single one is left alive.
“Now Heber the Kenite had left the other Kenites, the descendants of Hobab, Moses brother-in-law and pitched his tent by the great tree in zaanannim near Kedesh” Judges 4:11 NIV.
Heber means to join and have fellowship and company with. Yet, he has left all and secluded himself, just him and his wife, Jael, and all for Yahweh’s purpose.
Evil Sisera was running and looking for shelter. He flees on foot and heads straight to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber. Jael goes out to meet Sisera and she says, “Come my Lord, do not be afraid”.
I’m thirsty he says, please give me some water, but that’s not what she does. She gives him milk, a sleep potion, then covers him with a blanket. He tells her to stand watch, while he sleeps.
Once again we see a man telling a woman to stand watch, to cover, to be a protector while they sleep.
So, Jael, Heber’s wife, picks up a tent peg and a hammer and drives a peg through his temple into the ground! She goes out and meets Barak and tells him the man he is looking for is dead in her tent. She gets the honor!
Now I have told you all that to get to my point. In the next chapter, Judges 5, Deborah sings praises unto The Lord and begins to describe the warriors who fought in the battle. She sings of all the tribes and people who came out to fight and how the great river of Kadesh swept the army away. She bellows out praises of how God fought for Israel that day. Her song is like the songs sung by all the triumphant women in the Bible. She sings like Yeshua’s mother Mary and Hannah when she learns of Samuel. Her song is powerful, potent and electrifying! It’s lengthy. This is only a portion:
“In the districts of Reuben there was much searching of heart. Why did you stay among the sheep pens to hear the whistling for the flocks”?
Yes, why did the tribe of Rueben stay in the sheep pens when it was time to fight? This is a big problem today, we sit in the sheep pen waiting for the whistling of the flock to come fill up our buildings, but the fight is outside the walls of church. We cower back without any weapons sharpened for battle. Like Rueben who was weighing and asking a question many men do. Does HaShem really want me to fight? Did he indeed speak to this woman Deborah?” Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan and then there was Dan–yes, Dan why did you linger by the ships at the port? Could it be due to money? I think so. Asher stayed by the coast and where his livelihood was too. These men who were supposed to fight hid, fled or were too busy worried about their pocketbooks and their own lives.
However, some of the men in her song risked their very lives, Zebulun was one of them. Will you be one of them who fights, and runs the race in order to get the prize or will a women get your honor?
Deborah chants a tune and she describes the victory and in the last stance, the bible says the land had peace for 40 years!
Raise up men, Adonai! Ones who will not sleep but will fight. Men who will be holy and righteous and prayerful. Send your Deborah’s. Send your Jael’s and send your Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).