Raising Up Deliverers – Judges 6:25-40 – Week 5 – Rob Covell

Raising Up Deliverers

Judges 6:25-40

Week 5

Rob Covell

Introduction:In this Session, we will continue the narrative of Gideon through Judges 6:25-40. This is a very exciting section of Scripture because we see the Lord building up Gideon’s faith so that deliverance would come to Israel over the Midianites who were oppressing them.

If we were to summarize the chain of events in Gideon’s life so far, we would see the following spiritual truths highlighted to us.

1 – When the people abandon the LORD, they reap what they have sown in disobedience.

2 – Affliction from the enemy is a catalyst for repentance.

3 – The LORD responds quickly to repentant hearts and God hears the intercession of the oppressed.

4 – The LORD relates to us based on our destinies and not our current brokenness, or discouragement.

5 – Encounters with God build our faith and cause us to worship the LORD.

Judges 6:25-26

a) “That same night” – Gideon had just encountered the LORD as the God of peace. Gideon learned that the LORD pursed him first and sought him out, Gideon learned that the LORD related to him based on his destiny and not in the condition he was in, Gideon learned that the LORD was encouraging, patient and trustworthy. Now it was time for Gideon to move in faith and not live in compromise anymore.

b) The Lord required Gideon to tear down the idolatrous altar of Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it, because the LORD could only move in a greater measure in Gideon’s life, when the LORD becomes the only affection of his heart. It is the same for us as well. When we fulfill the first commandment, our relationship with Him increases and He can do greater things in our lives.

c) Baal – the Canaanite god of that had charge over the weather. We can see the deep compromise that the Abiezerites and the Israelites were in. They were worshipping Baal alongside Yahweh. They were not trusting the LORD’s ability to provide rain and crops. When the Covenant blessings of the LORD stopped because of disobedience to the Covenant, instead of repenting, they moved to another god who might help them. The Abiezerites were descended from Joseph, and their name means. “my father is help”. We can see that the LORD was bringing them back to their identity as His children.

d) Asherah – was the female cohort/wife to Baal, and she was the goddess of fertility, and is referred to repeatedly in Jeremiah as the “queen of heaven”. Because of the Israelites compromise in idolatry with Baal and Asherah, they were eventually exiled from the Promised Land.

e) “A proper kind of altar” – Verse 26 is referencing the command in Exodus 20:25 – If you make an altar of stones for me, do not build it with dressed stones, for you will defile it if you use a tool on it. The LORD does not want a manmade altar decorated with props, because He does not need glory from man and He is a God of fellowship and friendship that lives in our hearts, and not outward extravagances.

f) Gideon tearing down the altar of Baal and using the Asherah for the wood of the sacrifice established the LORD alone as leader and head. Notice the age of the bull, seven years; 7 the number of perfection, completion or breakthrough, the Midianites oppressed the Israelites for 7 years, showing us that each year of the bull represented each year of oppression.

Judges 6:27

a) Gideon is still growing in boldness of faith because he destroyed the altar of Baal and the Asherah pole by night. Gideon needed to overcome the fear of man and the LORD was Fathering Gideon through this season so that he would become a mighty warrior/hewer.

b) It is better to obey God in timidity and fear, than to disobey Him. The LORD will work with us and grow our boldness in obedience. The LORD most likely desired Gideon to boldly destroy these idols and proclaim the deliverance of God to Israel. However, Gideon was still growing in identity and calling.

Judges 6:28-30

a) Verses 28-30 reveal to us the affections of the hearts of the people. They loved their idols more than they loved their Covenant keeping God who delivered them, loved them and took them to be His own. Deuteronomy 12:3 – Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places.

b) Gideon’s people demanded a death for blasphemy against these idols. Only a God who is Living can be blasphemed. Jeremiah 10:14 – Everyone is senseless and without knowledge; every goldsmith is shamed by his idols. The images he makes are a fraud; they have no breath in them.

Judges 6:31-32

a) Joash – “given by the LORD” – Gideon’s father was living far from the declaration of his name. Because the altar was owned by Joash, he had the last word regarding the request of the townspeople to put Gideon to death. Joash defends his son and uses logic that if Baal is really a god, then he can defend himself.

b) “Let Baal contend with him” – this nickname given to Gideon was not intended as a name of affection, but a curse. The LORD spoke to Gideon and told him, “I will be with you”; Gideon now needed to live in faith and not fear of the word curses of others over his life.

Judges 6:33-35

a) Now that Gideon had established the worship and knowledge of God to the people by destroying idolatry, he was propelled into the next season of his breakthrough. In the narrative of Gideon, we see a progressive building of faith and obedience that leads to greater breakthrough in his life and the lives of others. The favor of God on our lives is not just for us, but for the benefit of those around us.

b) A massive army assembles to attack the land in the Valley of Jezreel (God sows). Gideon was faced with the choice to fear the multi-nation army or see this as an opportunity for God to do something great. Testimonies always flow from impossibilities.

c) “The Spirit of the LORD came on Gideon” – Hebrew – came on – labash – to dress, wear, clothe, to put on clothing, to be fully clothed, array, to wear – Strong’s H3847 – This is a wonderful prophetic precursor that prophesies the New Covenant believer’s relationship with the Holy Spirit.

d) Gideon blew the shofar and sent messengers throughout the land and the people responded to the call. Proclamations that are anointed by the LORD will always gather the people.

Judges 6:36-40

a) In the fleece confirmation exchange with God and Gideon, we see the following: 1 – The LORD is kind, patient and willing to provide his sons and daughters multiple confirmations to encourage us. 2 – The fleece confirmations built up Gideon’s faith and strengthened him to grow in obedience and boldness. 3 – The LORD enjoys relationship with His sons and daughters and will meet us in any circumstance and help us move forward.

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Raising Up Deliverers – Judges 6:1-24 – Week 4 – Rob Covell

Raising Up Deliverers

Judges 6:1-24

Week 4

Rob Covell

Introduction: In this Session, we begin the narrative of Gideon in Judges 6:1-24. Gideon’s narrative in Judges continues to tell the story of Israel’s cycle of comfort, compromise, oppression, intercession, and deliverance. This is the overarching theme throughout Judges and is useful to us as an example of how living in compromise invites oppression from the enemy and removes the protective Covenant Favor of God over lives.

1 Corinthians 10:11 – These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.

When we look at the book of Judges, we are instructed to become mature sons and daughters of God as we learn from the repetitive cycles of Israel as they struggle in their faithfulness to the LORD.

Judges 6:1

a) Midianites – These people were descended from Abraham, through Abraham’s second wife Keturah. See Genesis 25:4. Moses’ father-in-law was a Midianite, Jethro. We can see that these people were related to Israel through Abraham and should have been allies with Israel and not enemies. Only one tribe of the Midianites joined themselves to Israel, the Kenites, who joined themselves to Judah. Midian means “strife”, and they were certainly living up to their name as they oppressed Israel. If spiritualize the text, the Midianites would represent satanic oppression against God’s people.

b) Oppressed for 7 years – 7 is the number of completion, perfection, or wholeness. The number symbolism in the text shows that the season of Midian’s oppression against Israel was ending as God’s people begin to turn their hearts towards Him and raise up a cry of intercession.

Judges 6:2-6

a) The oppression of Israel was an indicator of whether they were in favor with the LORD or out of favor with the LORD. Deuteronomy 28 expressly promised that as they were faithful to the LORD, they would be overwhelmingly blessed, prospered, and secure in the land the LORD gave them. This situation was an opportunity for Israel to consider their sin and repent.

b) In verses 2-6, we see the discipline of the LORD in full view. Hebrews 12:10-11 – but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

c) The discipline of the LORD often manifests in the circumstances of our lives. In the text, we see the protective hand of favor from God lift off as the people
increased in disobedience. When we consider the discipline of the LORD, we should not see it as the hand of a punitive father, but the consequence of our decisions, that lead Him to honor the decisions of our hearts, and thus we reap what we have sown. In this way, disciple is distinct from the spiritual warfare of the satanic forces that seek to attack those who are faithful to the LORD.

d) Crying out to the LORD is always the onramp for a dialogue between the LORD and His people when we have strayed from Him. The LORD is so merciful and good, and Scripture shows us repeatedly that when we turn to Him, He responds to the cry of our repentant hearts.

Judges 6:7-10

a) The LORD is faithful to send a prophetic voice to the people when a nation strays from Him. Today the Church stands the voice that invites all nations into His loving care.

b) Verses 7-10, confirm that the discipline of the LORD manifests as Him honoring the decisions of our hearts, and raping what we have sown. Galatians 6:7-8 – Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

c) Notice that the LORD focuses the attention of the Israelites to His goodness, power and love as He reminded them of all of the things that He has done for His people. Romans 2:4 – Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

Judges 6:11-12

a) In verse 6:11, we see what theologians call a Theophany, which is a pre-incarnate manifestation of Jesus Christ, God the Son. John 1:18 – No one has ever seen God, but the One and Only Son, who is Himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made Him known. We know this is more than an encounter with an angel with a message from the LORD because Judges 6:14 and Judges 6:16 where the text expressly calls the angel of the LORD, “the LORD”.

b) Ohphra means, “fawn”. In the meaning of the name Ophra, we see that the LORD is about to bring a new life to Israel, His graceful doe (Genesis 49:21).

c) Gideon – “hewer” – or sword slinger/hacker – Gideon’s name prophesied His destiny as a deliverer in Israel.

d) Gideon was hiding in a winepress to thresh wheat, which was not at all how wheat was threshed in the ancient world. Wheat was threshed on high places where the wind would carry away the chaff when the wheat was thrown into the air. Threshing wheat in a winepress was an indicator of how bad the oppression from the Midianites was.

e) The LORD calls Gideon a mighty warrior. The LORD always relates to us in the context of our identities in Him and our destinies in Him.

Judges 6:13-14

a) Notice that the LORD does not answer Gideon’s charge against Him. Gideon was not seeing the truth about the LORD’s heart and he failed to see their situation as the consequences of their sin.

b) The LORD re-directs the conversation towards truth of who He is and truth of who Gideon is in God, as a Covenant partner.

c) Notice that Gideon already possessed strength to move forward in defeating Midian. The LORD is so kind and patient and makes every opportunity to strengthen Gideon in faith.

Judges 6:15-18

a) Gideon was correct that he could not save Israel. But, all things are possible with God when we are submitted to Him, teachable, and willing to walk in faith with Him and trust the things He says in His Word. The LORD choosing Gideon shows us that the LORD will use anyone.

b) The LORD speaks the most kind and comforting words any of could hear from Him; “I am with you”. Matthew 28:20 – And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

c) Gideon’s interaction with the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ, the LORD, show us the patience and kindness of God. The LORD subjected Himself to Gideon’s request, so that Gideon would be strengthened in faith to place where he would act in faith and fulfill his assignment that God gave Him. Gideon’s narrative shows us that the LORD values dialogue and relationship with His sons and daughters.

Judges 6:19-23

a) Gideon goes and prepares a sacrifice to the LORD and comes back to the LORD who was waiting for him. It is interesting to consider what type of sign Gideon was seeking from the LORD. The LORD answered his request by fire that consumed the fellowship offering that Gideon brought. When we look at this interaction we see that signs confirm the LORD’s message and His and His presence.

b) Gideon reacts to the sign in fear of his life, because he had encountered the Living God. Notice how the LORD comforts Gideon’s fear. The narrative of Gideon demonstrates to us that the LORD is patient, kind, good and is always ready to walk out the seasons of our lives with us in the context of intimate relationship. The LORD and Gideon were building a faith history together that would prepare Gideon to be the great leader that he was.

c) Gideon builds an altar of worship to the LORD. Encounters with God always move to worship Him. The altar that Gideon builds communicates truth about the LORD. The altar is called, “the LORD is peace” – peace with God is always the foundation to live a life full of faith and trust in Him. Just was the pre-incarnate Jesus brought peace to Gideon, the risen Lord Jesus Christ brings peace to us through His sacrifice on the cross.

Raising Up Deliverers – Judges 4/5 – Week 3 – Rob Covell

Raising Up Deliverers

Judges 4:15-24 & Judges 5:1-2, 5:8, 5:20-21, 5:31

Week 3

Rob Covell

Introduction: In this Session, we will complete the narrative of Deborah and Barak as we come to the exciting faith action section and see the defeat of Sisera’s army, his death by Jael and the discover the keys of breakthrough in Deborah and Barak’s song. Because of our time restraint, we proceed directly to the text.

Judges 4:15-16

a) Notice that Barak made the advance towards the army of Canaan led by Sisera. This demonstrates that Deborah’s prophetic encouragement built Barak up to the place of faith where he was able to act in faith. Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Greek – substance – hypostasis – thing put under, substructure, foundation, a real substance, real being Strong’s #G5287.

b) Barak’s faith enabled the LORD to move on his behalf. Faith always attracts the resources of heaven.

c) Sisera trusted in his 900 iron clad chariots and Barak trusted in the LORD. Psalm 20:7 – Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

d) Humiliated, Sisera flees on foot. Judges 5:21 tells us that the LORD supernaturally flooded the Kishon River and swept away the soldiers who were forced to flee as their chariots were stuck in the muddy flood plain of the river.

e) The foot soldiers who accompanied the chariots tried to flee on foot back to their stronghold Haroseth Haggoyim (woodlands). However, they were all cut down by the sword. This is an overwhelming supernatural victory by the Barak and the Israelites. The size and scale of this victory reinforces that God’s people can always trust Him as they operate in faith and in the unity of faith. It was one thing for Barak to have faith in the LORD, but his faith empowered his army under him to have in the LORD as well.

Judges 4:17

a) Heber the Kenite – The Kenites were distant relatives to the Israelites through Moses father in law, Jethro, through Abraham’s second wife Keturah. See Genesis 25:1-4.

b) In Judges 4:11, Heber is introduced to us in the text as having separated from the rest of the Kenites. We could say that Heber was in the place of compromise by making agreement with the enemies of the LORD.

c) Jael – “mountain goat” – Mountain goats (nubian ibex) are hearty desert dwellers, opportunistic eaters, swift climbers, and elusive animals. In relation to the Judges narrative, Jael’s actions could be characterized in accordance with her name.

d) There are some culturally significant things hidden in the text. 1 – Because there
was a covenant of shalom between Jabin and Heber (comrade), Sisera fled to Jael’s tent and would have expected the benefits of sacred friendship and honor. 2 – Heber was not present since Heber and Jael were desert nomads tending flocks of goats and sheep. Jael was under cultural covenant obligation to receive Sisera.

Judges 4:18-19

a) Jael under the obligation of shalom, receives Sisera and extends the cultural benefits of shalom. It is difficult to see the premeditated murder of Sisera in text, however we should consider the following: 1 – The battle between Barak and Sisera was large scale and Jael would have definitely been aware of it. 2 – Sisera the commanding general of Jabin’s army is obviously fleeing the battle in defeat. 3 – Heber being under the obligation of shalom was under the threat of attack from Barak and his army when Sisera ran to them for refuge. Jael operated in fearful stealth to protect herself and her family.

b) Jael covered Sisera with a blanket. The Hebrew word literally means a heavy covering, most likely a rug that was used to cover the dirt floor of her tent. Notice that the text says, “her tent”. This is for clarification to show that Sisera entered the harem/women’s tent and not the main common living tent.

c) The heavy milk/yogurt would have filled his stomach and the protective covering of the harem/women’s tent guaranteed his safety, he was set up for a heavy sleep.

Judges 4:20

a) Sisera would have been protected in the women’s tent. This was a culture of honor and covenant, so even if Barak came to the harem/women’s tent, he would not have been allowed to search it unless Jael expressly gave him permission.

Judges 4:21-22

a) We see the premediated murder of Sisera by Jael, motivated by the fear of attack from Barak. Jael premediated the murder by deceiving Sisera under the obligation of shalom, and then drove the tent peg through his head. Jael would have been skilled at driving tent pegs because nomadic women would set up the tents.

b) Jael was motivated to use deception and murder Sisera to gain favor with Barak to protect her way of life.

c) The text does not condone her violation of cultural covenant, but praises her decision to put Sisera to death based on the greater good of putting the enemy of Israel, and of society to death and sealing Barak’s victory. See Judges 5:24-30.

d) Sisera met a shameful death in the context of his culture. A great commanding general should have either escaped by stealth or have died by the sword. For Sisera to have been killed by a woman would have been completely shameful and dishonorable.

e) Deborah prophesied this type of death for Sisera through the foreknowledge/omniscience of the LORD. The narrative of Deborah and Barak highlight the Providence of God in the lives of His people, the power of personal
prophetic encouragement, and the power of having in faith God’s Word.

Judges 4:23-24

a) Verse 23 highlights the Providence of God in the lives of His people. Deborah prophesied and build the faith of Barak; Barak mobilized the Israelites to faith action to fight the battle, the LORD caused the Kishon to flood the terrain to stumble the chariots advance, Jael murders Sisera fulfilling Deborah’s prophecy, and Jabin suffers a major defeat.

b) Notice in verse 24 that this battle was the breakthrough moment for complete victory over Canaan. There were other battles to fight and win. However, in God’s eyes Canaan was defeated already. The Israelites were fighting from victory and for victory after this battle.

c) The trials and spiritual battles we fight are from the victory of the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Deborah and Barak’s song in Judges 5 give us encouragement for breakthrough in our circumstances. Judges 5:1-2 – Godly leaders who are submitted to the LORD make a way for the people to be joined in unity with God and benefit from the corporate faith that is available.
Judges 5:8-9 – Faith always invites the LORD to intervene in our circumstances, even in the face of overwhelming odds.
Judges 5:20-21 – There is always a spiritual warfare dimension in our struggles. The Providence of God always benefits those who love Him. See Romans 8:28.
Judges 5:31 – The glory of God rests on His people when they love Him and give themselves fully to His ways. One generation’s breakthrough brings grace and peace to another.

Raising Up Deliverers – Judges 4:1-15 – Week 2 – Rob Covell

Raising Up Deliverers

Judges 4:1-15

Week 2

Rob Covell

Introduction: In this Session, we will begin the narrative of the Prophetess/Judge, Deborah. Scripture presents Deborah to us as the most faithful of all of the Judges with the exception of Joshua and Samuel. She is the fifth Judge since Joshua, and 5 is the number of grace. In Deborah’s story we see the LORD giving grace to Israel through her prophetic ministry.

There are many Bible teachers who have used this text to point out that the condition of Israel was so bad that there was not a man capable to lead, and had to default to a woman. This is simply NOT the case. In Scripture, we see many women in Scripture moving in prophetic graces like Miriam and Huldah. In 1 Corinthians 11:5, we see that the gift of prophecy is clearly given to women for the benefit of their faith communities. In addition to this, we Phillip’s 4 daughters having a prophetic ministry in Acts 21:9. Joel’s prophecy in Joel 2, promises the prophetic gift would be widely distributed in sons and daughters.

We should see the prophetic ministry of Deborah as the LORD giving her as a gift to Israel; and through her prophetic ministry Israel is released from the oppression of their enemies and they return to the LORD. Deborah’s narrative in Scripture teaches us that the prophetic mantle has power to speak destiny over God’s people, raise their faith levels to believe bigger and better, and walk out the victory of God in their lives. We see Deborah teamed with Barak in Judges 4-5, which shows us that great things happen when God’s people obey him in the communion of faith.

Judges 4:1

a) Ehud – “I will give thanks/undivided” – Ehud was the second Judge of Israel after Joshua, being the first Judge of Israel. Othniel was the second Judge of Israel. Scripture tells us he was lefthanded and a Benjamite. Benjamin means “son of my righthand”. Many of the Benjamites were described as being lefthanded; this is prophetic symbolism that describes the faithfulness of the Tribe of Benjamin. If one is lefthanded, then they are holding onto the right hand of God.

b) Israel did evil – Hebrew – ra` – bad, evil, disagreeable, malignant, displeasing, sad, unhappy, unkind, hurtful, ethically and morally bad/wrong, injurious – As we look at the definition of the Hebrew word used for evil in the text, we see that it denotes bad behavior in every way on the part of the Israelites, but also implies their actions were hurtful to the One they were in relationship. Notice that the Covenant Name of God is used in the text. When we see they Covenant Name of God, Yahweh, our thoughts should lead us to think of God as being a covenant partner with us, who relates to His own experientially, and who is worthy of reverence and all the affections of our hearts.

Judges 4:2-3

a) Sold into the hands of Jabin – Jabin = “who God observes” – The LORD is relating to the Israelites according to the condition of the Mosaic Covenant. As we see this, we are reminded of the repetitive sin, oppression, intercession, and deliverance cycle that is the overarching theme of the book of Judges. See Judges 2:22-23.

b) Sisera – “battle array” – This army commander had 900 chariots of iron. In the ancient world, these are overwhelming odds militarily.

c) Oppressed for 20 years – The number 20 in the Scripture is the number of “completed waiting/or fulfilled period of waiting. See Genesis 31:38-41; Jacob served/waited to receive his wives and property from Laban. In this text, we see that the oppression from Jabin and Sisera was ended after 20 years.

d) One of the spiritual lessons we see in the Book of Judges, is that our agreement with sin and disobedience opens the doors for the enemy/devil/demons to oppress the children of God. As Judges describes, the cruelly oppress those who taken captive by them. 1 Peter 5:8 – Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

e) Seeking the Lord and crying out to Him is the solution for every form of oppression from the enemy/enemies. Psalm 50:15 – “and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

Judges 4:4

a) Deborah – “Bee” – when we see look at the things that characterize the bee, we can summarize by saying bees are industrious, unified in community, defenders of their hives, fight until the death, and produces sweetness/honey.

b) Deborah is described in the text as a prophetess. Hebrew – nĕbiy’ah – female form of prophet, endowed with the gift of prophetic song.

c) Wife of Lapidoth – “Torches” – In the context of their names, we see that God joined the sweet industrious bee to the torch that gives illumination. One must see to be able to do. One burned for God, while the other achieved for God.

d) Deborah was leading/judging – Hebrew – shaphat – to judge, govern, vindicate, punish, to act as law-giver or judge or governor (of God, man) – The definition of this word implies much more than a natural ability to lead. It indicates a God given supernatural grace/anointing to rule, make divine decrees and administrate justice for the people.

Judges 4:5

a) It is implied in the text that Deborah had a supernatural grace from the LORD to make wise decisions and judgments that reflected His heart. The Hebrew word “mishpat”, used in the NIV translation for “disputes decided”, is more than just saying right things, but it is actually knowing the heart of God concerning a matter. This anointing would be similar to the spiritual gift of wisdom described in 1 Corinthians 12:8.

b) It is does not do violence to the text to imply that Deborah’s judgments were in the form of singing a prophetic song over the people that were seeking a decision from the LORD.

Judges 4:6

a) Barak/ Baraq – Lightining or lightening flash” – Abinoam – “my father is delight” – Kedesh – “a holy place” – Naphtali – “wrestling” – The play on words is as follows: the lighting flash or suddenlies of God come from delighting in the heavenly Father, who dwells in the holy place, as one wrestles/perseveres in faith.

b) Deborah’s encouragement to Barak is more properly translated as a question and not a command. NKJV – Then she sent and called for Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, “Has not the LORD God of Israel commanded, ‘Go and deploy troops at Mount Tabor; take with you ten thousand men of the sons of Naphtali and of the sons of Zebulun; – In this translation we can see the nuance that the LORD had already spoken to Barak and that he had not responded to the call/word of the LORD. Many times, the prophetic ministry confirms, encourages and moves us forward into things the Lord has already spoken to our hearts. 1 Corinthians 14:3 – But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.

c) 10,000 men – In ancient Hebrew culture, 10,000 is number used to indicate a vast number of people. It is a reoccurring number in Scripture that indicates power over the enemy, complete victory, or the ability to overcome impossible situations. Leviticus 26:8 – Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you. Deuteronomy 32:30 – How could one man chase a thousand, or two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, unless the LORD had given them up?

d) Notice that the LORD commanded Barak/Baraq to assemble the army on the high ground, Mount Tabor, which means “mound” in Hebrew. The high ground is not only a military advantage in warfare, but is it is symbolism in the text to indicate that seeing from the high and holy perspective, God’s perspective, we are able to see ourselves victorious over our enemies/struggles/oppression of the enemy spiritually. e) Naphtali – “wrestles and Zebulun – “exalted” – wrestling in the exalted places. Barak was wrestling with the word of the LORD when Deborah called him out.

Judges 4:7

a) Verse 7 gives us some insight that shows us that the LORD is strategic in His instructions to us, and when we obey Him, we get breakthroughs. Notice the text says, “I will lead Sisera”. The LORD placed Israel on the high ground, and led Sisera to the low flood plain by the Kishon River (winding). See Judges 5:21 – The river Kishon swept them away, the age-old river, the river Kishon. March on, my soul; be strong! The iron chariots were disabled in the low flood plain of the river, which gave Israel the advantage to completely rout Sisera’s army.

Judges 4:8-10

a) We see that Barak has placed more confidence in Deborah than in the word of the LORD. He asks Deborah to go with him because he lacks the confidence to go in faith and trust in the word of the LORD.

b) Deborah, being a good minister of God, agrees to with Barak, because that will strengthen his faith and help him grow in confidence in the LORD.

c) Deborah’s word to Barak concerning a woman having the honor of slaying Sisera shows us that when we lack in trusting God, it is possible that the LORD will use another to accomplish His purposes. Psalm 33:18 – But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, – 2 Chronicles 16:9 – For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

Judges 4:11-13

a) Heber the Kenite – The Kenites were distant relatives to the Israelites through Moses father in law, Jethro, through Abraham’s second wife Keturah. See Genesis 25:1-4.

b) Heber is introduced to us in the text as having separated from the rest of the Kenites. Later in the text we see that Heber had made a covenant (shalom) with Jabin. We could say that Heber was in the place of compromise by making agreement with the enemies of the LORD. It is also interesting that Sisera’s death came by Heber’s wife Jael, showing us that God can accomplish His word through the most unlikely people. He is no respecter of persons.

c) We see the Providence of the LORD in verse 12, when Sisera moves his men from Harosheth Hagoyim (woodlands/covering) out into the open flood plain of the Kishon River. We could say that Sisera and his army were exposed.

Judges 4:14-15

a) Deborah, being a great prophetess, speaks encouragement to Barak to motivate him to action. This is one of the major functions of the prophetic ministry. To encourage God’s people to move in faith and accomplish their destinies. 1 Corinthians 14:3 – But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.

b) Notice that verse 15 shows us that the LORD went before Barak and the army and routed this vast Canaanite army, led by Sisera. This teaches us that we can trust the LORD in the most impossible situations. Deuteronomy 33:12- About Benjamin he said: “Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between his shoulders.”