I was impressed this morning to read Judges 4 and 5. There are some valuable lessons to be gleaned from these chapters for personal encouragement, exhortation and for intercession.
I will share some to my insights. You may want to read these two chapters and see what the Holy Spirit will reveal to you. Begin your reading by asking Him to give you a spirit of revelation and understanding.
There were numerous judges noted in this book of the bible which is an account of the days after Joshua had died. Some judges served the Lord. Many did not. In chapter 5 we learn that a certain righteous judge named Ehud (or deliverer, as they were also called) died and the people of God again cast off restraint and did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.
Because of this, the Lord allowed, permitted, DID NOT CAUSE, severe assault through their enemies. (This is simply part of the law of sowing and reaping. There are consequences, fruit if you will, from not following the Lord’s instructions nor honoring Him.)
This caused the people of God to once again cry out to God. (It amazes me that human nature is the same no matter what generation it is…when things are bad, people tend to cry out to a “higher power” for help. (Sometimes they even cry out to Jesus.) When things are good, people tend to forget Him and His laws). The scriptures say that for twenty years the oppression continued. (Judges 4:3)
Deborah, was the ruling judge at the time. She tried to mobilize the forces and to set Barak in as the troop commander. We all know he was reluctant to lead. She prophesies to him that he can go with her, however the glory of victory will go to a woman.
They do have victory. In chapter 5 Deborah sings the victory song. Here are some points from her song. You may want to read the whole chapter.
v.8 Tells us that there was WAR because the people had chosen new gods. And among 40,000 in Israel there was not a shield or a sword.
This says to me that the people had forgotten how to engage in warfare. They had no defensive or offensive weapons. Hmmmm. (In my experience with the Lord, I have found that most “Christians” do not even know where to locate our supernatural weapons, much less how to use them. And certainly do not know how to use them in the course of everyday life. Because of this, battles are fought flesh to flesh, and the results are devastating in the body of Christ and before the world in general.)
In v.9 Deborah says that her heart was with those LEADERS who offered themselves willingly to the Lord. Incidentally, I personally love this line from v. 2 When leaders lead, when people willingly offer themselves, Bless the Lord! (That is a great time to bless the Lord.) She is also blessing the Lord for going out into the battle with them. “The earth trembled, the clouds poured”. v. 13b “The Lord came down for me against the mighty.”
In v. 15 she acknowledges the GREAT RESOLVE with in the tribe of Issachar. What is great resolve? A firm decision to not turn back or turn away from battle or from the Lord. In addition it says that the tribe of Zebulun and Naphtali also jeopardized their lives to the point of death. (See Rev. 12:11)
Oh that this mindset would return to the body of Christ. Jesus said “greater love has no man than this but that he would lay his life down…” John 15:13
Now the last thing I want to share is from v. 24 & v. 26 A woman named Jael was bold and was used by God to strike the fatal blow into the temple of the enemy commander. She received the public acknowledgement for this great act of courage. She split his head open with a t (I am sure that public recognition was NOT her motivation, however.)
Her name when traced to the original word(s) means same as a “wild goat”, in that it can climb high. Her name also means:
- To ascend
- To be valuable
- To be useful
- To do good
- To be profitable
See: Strongs Concordance # 3278; 3277; 3276
VICTORY NEVER COMES WITHOUT A RISK.