In your Bible Reading today please read Judges 4 – 6..
“So let all Thine enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love Him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.” Judges 5:31 (KJB)
The above verse is the final verse of the Song of Deborah. The song was sung by Deborah, one of the Judges-Saviors of Israel whom God called and used to deliver Israel from bondage of the surrounding enemies who caused them much sorrow and grief – in loss of crops, animals, etc.. This was due to Israel’s disobedience to the LORD’S commands to rid and destroy all the inhabitants of the land, and the cities.
Deborah was not the only woman involved in this story, this victory over this enemy, Sisera. She had chosen Bara to go to war, but he did not feel victorious without her with him (Judges 4:4-10), and glory for the battle really went to the other woman who was Jael.
Jael had Sisera in her tent, and while he was sleeping; she took a hammer and a tent stake drove the stake through his temples to the ground (Judges 4:21-22).
A few years ago I preached a Mother’s Day sermon I titled, “What a Woman Can Do With a Hammer”. I, thought it was a pretty good title for the text, and thought I had some good points to hear and apply to both the men and women of our Church. I would say that Jael was far more victorious getting the point home than I was.
We men sometimes forgetthat God can use a woman to accomplish His purposes through women, and that He will if we do not make ourselves available to God’s glory and purposes for our lives. Too many times, like Barak, we are lacking in faith and courage in God our Savior.
Men and women of God, let us be bold in faith, courage, and justice, peace, and love for God. Let us love Jesus Christ our Deliverer, our Savior and Lord through His death, burial, and resurrection.