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    What are your thoughts on the Bible verses Judges 4:4-10?

    Lou Newton, former Steel Mill Crane Designer and Physics Teacher

    Judges 4 NIV


    4 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, now that Ehud was dead. 2 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. 3 Because he had nine hundred chariots fitted with iron and had cruelly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years, they cried to the Lord for help.

    4 Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. 5 She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided. 6 She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor. 7 I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.’”

    8 Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.”

    9 “Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh. 10 There Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali, and ten thousand men went up under his command. Deborah also went up with him.

    11 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.

    12 When they told Sisera that Barak son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor, 13 Sisera summoned from Harosheth Haggoyim to the Kishon River all his men and his nine hundred chariots fitted with iron.

    14 Then Deborah said to Barak, “Go! This is the day the Lord has given Sisera into your hands. Has not the Lord gone ahead of you?” So Barak went down Mount Tabor, with ten thousand men following him. 15 At Barak’s advance, the Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and army by the sword, and Sisera got down from his chariot and fled on foot.

    NOTE: Now the Lord had set an ambush for Sisera. He went out in arrogance thinking it would be an easy victory. But the men of Israel were waiting on the mountain where chariots could not go. When they charged down the hill the Canaanites could not run them down with their horses and chariots so they fled. Evidence that this is the case is that Sisera left his chariot and fled on foot.

    16 Barak pursued the chariots and army as far as Harosheth Haggoyim, and all Sisera’s troops fell by the sword; not a man was left. 17 Sisera, meanwhile, fled on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, because there was an alliance between Jabin king of Hazor and the family of Heber the Kenite.

    18 Jael went out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Come, my lord, come right in. Don’t be afraid.” So he entered her tent, and she covered him with a blanket.

    19 “I’m thirsty,” he said. “Please give me some water.” She opened a skin of milk, gave him a drink, and covered him up.

    20 “Stand in the doorway of the tent,” he told her. “If someone comes by and asks you, ‘Is anyone in there?’ say ‘No.’”

    21 But Jael, Heber’s wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the peg through his temple into the ground, and he died.

    NOTE: notice that the woman does the man’s job here and protects their family, not her husband.

    22 Just then Barak came by in pursuit of Sisera, and Jael went out to meet him. “Come,” she said, “I will show you the man you’re looking for.” So he went in with her, and there lay Sisera with the tent peg through his temple—dead.

    23 On that day God subdued Jabin king of Canaan before the Israelites. 24 And the hand of the Israelites pressed harder and harder against Jabin king of Canaan until they destroyed him.

    NOTE: God has made it very clear that He gave men authority over women. That does not mean that men are superior, but only that they are given a measure of the wisdom and power of God. Women on the other hand are to be a higher example of the humility and servant like nature of God.

    Philippians 2 NIV

    Imitating Christ’s Humility

    2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

    5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

    6 Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

    7 rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,

    being made in human likeness.
    8 And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
    even death on a cross!

    9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,

    10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

    NOTE: Jesus is the Highest name of God because God says the name of Jesus is above all other Names. That would include any other Name of God. WHY ? Because Jesus revealed the very highest nature of God. God’s highest nature is not His power or even His wisdom. His highest nature is His Humility and we should be like Him.

    God gave women this honor of being an example of His humility.

    Men are given a little lower honor of being an example of God’s power and wisdom.

    So God gave men authority over women because they were given more power and wisdom. Many men do not follow God and so are fools instead. Men are certainly stronger and faster then women taken as a whole.

    Genesis 3 NIV

    16 To the woman he said,

    Your desire will be for your husband,
    and he will rule over you.”

    But when men fall away from God they also abandon the gifts from God.

    Isaiah 1 NIV

    A Rebellious Nation

    2 Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!
    For the Lord has spoken:
    “I reared children and brought them up,
    but they have rebelled against me.
    3 The ox knows its master,
    the donkey its owner’s manger,
    but Israel does not know,
    my people do not understand.”

    4 Woe to the sinful nation,
    a people whose guilt is great,
    a brood of evildoers,
    children given to corruption!
    They have forsaken the Lord;

    Isaiah 3

    4 “I will make mere youths their officials;
    children will rule over them.”

    12 Youths oppress my people,
    women rule over them.

    When God’s people fall away from Him He puts boys and woman to rule over them.

    When boys and women rule it is a sign of a fallen nation.

    Israel had fallen away for God in Judges 4. Men were not acting like men and so followed a woman. Deborah was Godly enough to tell Barak that he should be in charge and God would give him the victory but he was not man enough, or have enough courage, or trust in God enough to lead Israel.

    So Deborah was given the honor even though it was not God’s perfect will.

    A Sinner Saved by Grace Alone
    His Bond Servant
    Lou Newton

    Answer requested by Gary ..........................