The Prophet and the Warrior
I’m a great believer that inside all of us, a great warrior is hiding, waiting for that one moment to be released. Sometimes I wish I could tell people in the moment of conflict what I really think. But no. Those are the moments I get tongue-tied and silent. It is only afterwards I would think about what I could’ve said. But sometimes, that is a blessing, for it could have worsened matters.
Unlike me, the women in today’s study were straight in their judgement and execution. We meet Deborah, a prophetess and wife of Lapidoth, in Judges 4. She stood as a judge over the people of Israel, which must have made her a dynamo of a woman. She called Barak from Kedesh-Naphtali and told him to go and fight against the captain of Jabin’s army with the promise that God would ‘deliver him into thine hand’ (Judges 4:7). Barak was hesitant and wanted Deborah to go to war with him. Placing his trust in a fellow man (or woman) and not in God.
Deborah prophesied: “…I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman” (Judges 4:9, KJV). Barak took a thousand men with him down Mount Tabor, and fought Sisera, considered a powerful enemy of the Israelites. Sisera soon felt the defeat coming and fled on foot. While Barak followed all the chariots, for he thought Sisera would be on one of the fleeing chariots.
Sisera came to the “tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite: for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite” (Judges 4:17, KJV). Now Jael knew that Sisera was the enemy but treated him as a friend. She covered him with a mantle, and instead of giving him water, she gave him milk to drink. She even gave him a sleeping place in her own tent. The milk she gave him made him sleepy. He told her to stand guard at the tent opening and to tell anyone who asked if there was anyone in the tent to tell them no (Judges 4:20). Avenging the humiliation of her people, Jael, a warrior woman, took a tent nail in hand with a hammer and drove the nail through his temple. Sisera was defeated by a woman, just like Deborah prophesied.
It took courage for both these women to do what they had to do. Both had to trust God for their own and their nation’s deliverance. Maybe today, God is telling you that message that you have to deliver or that fight that you have to fight; whether it is your relationship with a family member or a health issue, you need to trust in Him. For God says in His word, Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; And Lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Therefore, trust God. And know that God wants the best for you. He promises in His Word, Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV), “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”