Israel does evil in the eyes of the Lord and Deborah brings the Answer
Deborah Pulls No Stops Concerning Consequences
Barak and Deborah head out into battle and the Lord does as He says.
The woman Jael kills the commander of the other army, Sisera, by tricking him to hide in her tent under the pretense of protection. She then drives a tent peg through his temple while he slept.
Just as the Lord said through Deborah, Barak is not given the honor of killing Sisera.
After the army of the enemy is defeated and Jael has killed their leader, Deborah and Barak sing their song of praise and victory, and judgment.
The song is too long to post here but I encourage you to read it here.
Deborah Tells it Like It Is
I think an important characteristic to learn from Deborah is honesty.
Deborah tells it like it is in her song and she calls out those tribes that did not come forward to help Israel in their time of need. She asks over and over, “Why?”
It’s absolutely okay, to tell the truth about a situation.
Deborah boldly speaks to Israel and her leaders about where they have fallen short. God uses her to speak to them about the evil they have done in the eyes of the Lord.
We can learn from Deborah that it’s okay to rock the boat sometimes. It’s okay to call out sin and wrong heart motives.
God wants to use you boldly, don’t hold back!
To me, Deborah is a perfect example of a woman who doesn’t hold back. She speaks the truth and calls out sin without hesitation. Her zeal for justice and truth guide her as well as her obedience to the Lord.
If God is asking you to do something, don’t allow fear to hold you back. If God wants to speak truth through you, then there will be a grace and favor upon you to deliver the message as He intends.
Her fear of God overruled fear of man
Deborah doesn’t seem to even care what other people think. All she is concerned about is delivering the Word of the Lord.
If only we could be that bold! Too often we allow what others may think to stop us from speaking the Word of God. From Deborah’s example, we can see that her confidence was in God alone.
Let us follow suit.
I hope today that you are inspired to be bold and honest like Deborah and to have a compassionate zeal for His Justice.