Discover the facts of Bible history in this famous story about Deborah, Judge of Israel, from the book Her Story - A Study on Biblical Women, by Susanna L. Jordan

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Bible History

Deborah (Cont.)
Judge, Warrior and Prophetess

“Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?” (Judges 5:28b) "What is keeping my baby boy from returning home to me?"

Her ladies in waiting try to console her with stories of all the extravagant spoil Sisera will surely bring her. “Have they not sped? have they not divided the prey; to every man a damsel or two; to Sisera a prey of divers colours, a prey of divers colours of needlework, of divers colours of needlework on both sides, meet for the necks of them that take the spoil?” (v. 30

They tell her Sisera is so late because he is enjoying his spoils, “to every man a damsel or two.” As captain of the host he would get first pick of all the spoils. Surely he is choosing out the best of the best for his dear mama.

But we know Sisera is already dead. Her baby boy has been killed by Jael. He would never return to the woman in his life, his loving mother. As it is with any war, those left at home are the worst sufferers. Regardless of Sisera's character and actions he is still her son, and nothing compares to a mother's love.

Judges 5:31 “So let all thine enemies perish, O Lord: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.” Deborah ends her song in the same way she began it, with more praise to God.

Because of this great woman’s faith and trust in God and her ability to inspire courage and faith in her fellow countrymen, God granted the land peace for forty years! I challenge each of us to dare to be a Deborah! 


There is nothing wrong with being a strong, confident and capable woman if God is the One who placed you in that role. Just as Deborah didn't seek out this role, but rather God appointed her to it, we too can step up and be what God wants us to be.

God needs women who are capable of mentoring and leading other women. If God has called you to such a position don't shy away from it, but seek His will to be all you can be for Him. I challenge each of us to dare to be a Deborah!


SusannaLJordan From the book,
Her Story - A Study on Biblical Women, by Susanna L. Jordan



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