Deborah Sent for Barak
Deborah, the wife of Lappidoth, was a prophetess and she often give counsel to the Israelite under the Palm of Deborah in the hill country of Ephraim. She was knowledgeable in God’s words so the Israelite often go to her when they cannot settle a dispute.
One day, Deborah sent a message to Barak, the son of Abinoam. In Deborah’s message, God commands Barak to take 1,000 men of Naphtali to Mount Tabor and fight with Sisera. Sisera was the commander of King Jabin’s army. King Jabin had been oppressing the Israelite after the death of Ehud because they were disobedient to God again.
Barak and Deborah to Go to War against Sisera
Barak was afraid and he would not go to war against Sisera unless Deborah accompanies him. Deborah forewarned Barak that if she accompanies him to war, then it will be a woman that kill Sisera, not him. Barak agreed and they gathered 10,000 armies from Zebulun and Naphtali.
Jael Killed Sisera with a Tent Peg
It happened that Heber, the Kenite had pitched his tent at the great tree in Zaanannim. They told Sisera that Barak had gone up to Mount Tabor. When Sisera learned about this, he took his 900 iron chariots to the Kishon River. At Deborah’s command, Barak led the army down from Mount Tabor and routed Sisera and his iron chariots by sword. Every single man in Sisera’s troop was killed by sword except Sisera.
Sisera managed to flee to the tent of Jael on foot. Jael was the wife of Heber, the Kenite. Sisera fled to Jael because King Jabin had an alliance with Heber, the Kenite. When Jael meet Sisera, she invited him into the tent and covered him with a blanket. When Sisera was thirsty and asked for water, Jael gave him a skin of milk to drink. Sisera instructed Jael to stand at the doorway of the tent. If any passerby ask for him, Jael is to say he is not in the tent.
Jael was smart. When Sisera was asleep, she drew a tent peg into his skull with a hammer and he died. At that time, Barak came and Jael took him to Sisera, who lay dead in the tent. God helped Barak and his army to subdue and destroy King Jabin on that day.
What Can We Learn from the Story of Deborah and Barak?
It shows that God does not discriminate us in any way. Deborah is a woman yet God used her mightily to save the Israelite from the oppression of King Jabin. Barak is a man but he is not as bold as Deborah. God can use anyone who has a willing heart to do his work. We must not let fear and doubt enter into our minds as this open doorway for the devil. We must always have complete faith and trust in God.
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. (2 Timothy 2:20-21 KJV)
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:9 KJV)
Neither give place to the devil. (Ephesians 4:27 KJV)
But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. (Luke 12:5 KJV)
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV)
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18 KJV)
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (Hebrews 13:6 KJV)
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (Romans 8:15 KJV)
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4 KJV)
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)