Saturday, May 28, 2016

Delivered by women of God

The LORD spoke through Deborah who was a prophetess and a judge. 

Jdg 4:4  And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.

The LORD had sold Israel for a time to the Gentiles under the rule of Sisera. They were a mighty people with many iron chariots. The LORD would use a woman to defeat the mighty army. A woman who heard and obeyed God.

Jdg 4:8  And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.
Jdg 4:9  And she said, 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. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.
Jdg 4:10  And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet: and Deborah went up with him.

We musn't glorify women or men here, for it was to the LORD that all glory belongs. He uses his obedient servants, men or women.The army would not go without Deborah, because she was the closest they could come to the LORD.  You may be the closest person to the LORD in someones life. Through your faith and obedience the LORD can bring deliverance to others who are bound by sin.
They defeated the enemy because the LORD put fear into their hearts.

Jdg 4:13  And Sisera gathered together all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people that were with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto the river of Kishon.
Jdg 4:14  And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the LORD hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the LORD gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.
Jdg 4:15  And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, and fled away on his feet.

Sisera alone fled and took refuge in a tent.

Jdg 4:17  Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet 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.

The LORD used another woman to defeat Sisera himself as he was asleep on the floor.

Jdg 4:21  Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.
Jdg 4:22  And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.
Jdg 4:23  So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.

God received the glory and he used women. He can use children too if they  have faith in him. The truth is the LORD will use anyone who will trust in him. He also will not go against his word. The women were used because they were obedient to him. Authority is given by God to be used for his service.

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