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The Season of Pentecost -- Choices Then and Now (3 of 8)
M. Jolaine Szymkowiak
In our presentation today, we will be looking at the women mentioned earlier who were prominent, not only in the way they handled themselves with others, but also their relationship with God. It was a very personal one and those women were of a mindset that only through God's help would things be made right. They were prophetesses, judges, teachers such as Deborah who exercised leadership in political, military, civil and religious spheres; a woman who was used by God to be the victor for the battle, was included in the Deborah's Song written following the battle; Huldah who was approached by the leaders of her day, Jeremiah and Zephaniah, as well as the very young king of Judah, Josiah.
Deborah and Jael – Judges 4:1-5:31
Huldah – 2 Kings 22:1-23:28; 2 Chronicles 34:1-35:27
At a most critical and lowest time in Israel, when they were long on enemies and short on courage and faith, Deborah, a prophetess, responded to the critical needs of her people. They had for the past 20 years been under the oppressive rule of Jabin, king of Canaan and general Sisera, commander of the Army. As a judge in Israel was required to be at least 40 years of age, she was probably past the most demanding years of being a mother. However, as we have seen in the lives of the women we have studied so far, they were still, by the will of God, having children later in life. She is known as a "mother of Israel" and the Bible also speaks of her direction as a mother, warrior, judge and advocate.
Deborah sends for Barak, a leader of men in his own right. She tells him of God's command to take 10,000 men from the tribes of Naphthali and Zebulon and march to Mt. Tabor. God would have Sisera and his army of 900 chariots and his many troops there ready for battle.
Barak said he would only go if Deborah went with him. She would go but the honor would not be his but would go to a woman. Barak may ...
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