"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."
(Judges 4:10 KJV)
Barak was a mighty Hebrew warrior who answered the call of Our Awesome God despite overwhelming odds. His name means "lightning." In the time of the judges, Israel had drifted away from God again, and the Canaanites had oppressed them for 20 years. God called up Deborah, a wise and holy woman, to be a judge and prophetess over the Jews, the only female among the 12 judges named in the Book of Judges.
Deborah called Barak, telling him Our Awesome God had commanded him (Judges 4:6) to gather the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali and go to Mount Tabor. Barak hesitated, saying he would go only if Deborah went with him. Deborah agreed, but because of Barak's lack of faith in God, she told him, credit for the victory would not go to him, but to a woman.
Barak led a force of 10,000 men from Israel, but Sisera, commander of King Jabin's Canaanite army, had the supposed advantage because Sisera had 900 iron chariots. In ancient warfare, chariots were like tanks: swift, intimidating and deadly. The Lord sent a rain and the chariots became mired in the mud, so Barak slaughtered all those in chariots (Judges 4). True to Deborah’s prophesy the battle was over when Jael, a Kenite woman, killed Sisera with a tent stake. (Judges 4:21)
Barak recognized that Deborah's authority had been given to her by Our Awesome God, so he obeyed a woman, something rare in ancient times. He was a man of great courage and had faith that God would intervene on Israel's behalf. But, when Barak told Deborah he would not lead unless she accompanied him, he was putting faith in her relationship to God, not his. Deborah told him this doubt would cause Barak to lose credit for the victory to a woman, which came to pass.
Faith without doubting Our Awesome God is necessary for any worthwhile task, and the bigger the task, the more faith is required. God uses whom he wishes, whether a woman, like Deborah or an unknown man like Barak. God will use each of us if we put our faith in him, obey, and follow where he leads. Could you have faith enough not to doubt if Our Awesome God sent you? READ JUDGES 4.
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