"She was vital, she was chosen by God, and she had a part to play."
Judges holds a few striking examples of courageously bold women. Deborah was a judge, prophetess, and a conduit of God’s military might. Her own military leaders desired her presence at their side.
Judges 4:8-9 reveals Barak’s plea: “Barak said to her, ‘If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.’ ‘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.”
When Sisera, the bad guy in this story, was fleeing from Barak, he sought sanctuary from Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite with whom he had an alliance. Little did he know that Jael was cunning, hospitable, and his soon-to-be assassin. She welcomed him, offered refreshment and a place to rest and then, “... 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.” Judges 4:21. The Lord delivered Israel through her hands. She was vital, she was chosen by God, and she had a part to play. Churches must not overlook women’s ability to contribute in deep and meaningful ways.
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