Judges 4

 Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Judge 4

Overview

Judge Deborah.

Eight years of peace time had passed since Ehud saved Israel from the hand of Moab. After his death the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and the Lord brought the king of Canaan, Jabin, to rule Israel, and he oppressed Israel for twenty years, when they cried out to God.

God raised Deborah, a prophetess, as judge (ruler) of Israel. Her leadership was shown as she delegated Barak to fight against Jabin’s army.

The story of Deborah and Barak’s victories over the northern Canaanites is told in two versions, one in prose in chapter four, the other in Deborah’s song in chapter five.

The chariots of iron gave the Canaanites a great advantage over the Israelites who were yet unfamiliar with the art of working in iron. The Lord God saved Israel from the hand of Jabin (v.15, 23)

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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