“There was one heart that did not tremble before Sisera and his nine hundred chariots of iron.”
— George Williams Commentary, © 1994, Kregel.
Deborah was as solid as an oak when it came to her faith in God Almighty, so much so that she went ahead and left her comfortable gig as a social magistrate in order to accompany God’s deliverer to the staging area of an impending battle.
Paul wrote to Timothy, “7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2nd Timothy 1:7 esv
Deborah is filled with the word of God. She doesn’t appear to be afraid of anything. Filled with the power of the Lord God and her love for Israel, she goes with Barak.
11 Now Heber the Kenite, of the children of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, had separated himself from the Kenites and pitched his tent near the terebinth tree at Zaanaim, which is beside Kedesh.
12 And they reported to Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor. 13 So Sisera gathered together all his chariots, nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people who were with him, from Harosheth Hagoyim to the River Kishon. Judges 4:11-13 nkjv
Here’s where the story gets a little dicey. Those in-laws of Moses have decided to form an alliance with Jabin – the enemy of Israel – and they tell Sisera what’s going on.
But Deborah’s on high alert.
Peter exhorted us that we should be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. 1st Peter 4:7 niv 1984
Deborah’s been abiding. She’s been clear minded, self-controlled, and in prayer.
14 Then Deborah said to Barak, “Up! For this is the day in which the Lord has delivered Sisera into your hand. Has not the Lord gone out before you?” So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand men following him. Judges 4:14 nkjv
Okay, at this point, this is where Barak and Deborah part company. She does not accompany him into battle, he goes it alone. His heart has changed immeasurably since Deborah’s initial confrontation (see the famous Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11).
15 And the Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and all his army with the edge of the sword before Barak; and Sisera alighted from his chariot and fled away on foot. 16 But Barak pursued the chariots and the army as far as Harosheth Hagoyim, and all the army of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; not a man was left.
17 However, Sisera had fled away on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite; for there was peace between Jabin king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite. 18 And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said to him, “Turn aside, my lord, turn aside to me; do not fear.” And when he had turned aside with her into the tent, she covered him with a blanket. Judges 4:15-18 nkjv
We have to stop right there for just a second. Jael’s family has been with the Israelites for a long time, so we can’t help but wonder what she thinks of this alliance her husband has with Jabin.
The details of Jael’s heightened spiritual alert in this account aren’t completely clear until we get into Deborah and Barak’s song in Judges Chapter 5:
24 “Most blessed among women is Jael,
The wife of Heber the Kenite;
Blessed is she among women in tents. Judges 5:24 nkjv
This is a pretty big clue as to what’s going on with Jael’s attitude toward Jabin and his general, Sisera.
Blessed is she among women…
That phrase is used only on one other woman in our Bible, and that’s in reference to the virgin, Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Luke 1:28 kjv
Jael is filled with the Holy Spirit. She’s been abiding and He’s going to lead her actions.
Join us next week for a look at how Jael’s abiding continues to help Barak defeat the enemies of Israel, A Warrior Abides – The Word Within A Warrior Part 3
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