“Awaken! Awaken, Deborah! Awake! Awake with words of a song! Rise up, Baraq! And lead the captives away, son of Abinoam.” (Judges 5:12) The question that must be asked, as we engage this verse is, “who are the captives that are being spoken of?” Our initial answer might be to say that the captives are… More Leading the Captives
“You who ride on white donkeys and who sit in robes and who walk along the road, speak of it! To the sound of the divisions between the watering places, there repeat the righteousness of Yahweh — the righteousness of the leaders in Israel. Then to the gates went the people of Yahweh.” (Judges 5:10-11)… More Speak of the Righteousness of God…Everywhere!
“When they chose new gods, then there was war in the gates; if only a shield or a spear could be seen among forty-thousand in Israel. My heart is toward those who make decrees for Israel who enlisted themselves with the people. Bless Yahweh.” (Judges 5:8-9) There is a simple principle at work here…it is… More God Keeps the Gates Secure
“The leaders ceased in Israel — they ceased! Until I arose — Deborah arose — a mother in Israel.” (Judges 5:7) The translation of the second word of the Hebrew text (leaders) is debated. The Hebrew term in question is NØwz∂rVÚp (perazon). In technical terms, this word is a “hapax legomenon,” which means, it only… More No Leaders or No Villagers?
“In the days of Shamgar, the son of Anat, in the days of Jael, the way ceased to be; and those who walked, walked by paths.” (Judges 5:6) As we see so often in Hebrew poetry, there is double meaning within these words if we look closely. The most obvious and surface meaning is a… More God’s Ways or Man’s Paths
“Hear, O kings! Listen, O dignitaries! I, to Yahweh, I will sing and sing praise to Yahweh, the God of Israel. Yahweh, in your going out from Siyr, in your confident stride from the field of Edom, the ground shook and also the heavens flowed down — also the clouds flowed with water. The mountains… More The World in Submission
“With the leaders wholly dedicated in Israel, the people volunteered; bless Yahweh!” (Judges 5:2) The first part of this verse is cryptic and is the subject of a good deal of debate. The word in question is oårDp (para’) and it is used twice (back to back) at the beginning of this verse, initially as… More When Leaders Lead
“And so Deborah and Baraq, the son of Abinoam, sang on that day, saying:” (Judges 5:1) With the defeat of Sisera and Jabin, we find Deborah and Baraq leading the people in singing a song of celebration with just as much text dedicated to the song as is dedicated to recording the historical narrative, demonstrating… More A Theology of Song
“Now, behold, Baraq was pursuing Sisera and Jael went out to call to him, saying to him, ‘Come and see the man whom you are seeking!’ He went to her and behold, Sisera lay dead! And there was a wooden tent peg in his temple. So, on that day, God humbled he who is Jabin,… More Cut Off
“Thus, Jael, the wife of Heber, went and seized a wooden stake for the tent and she took a mallet in her hand and went to him stealthily and drove the wooden stake into his temple and it went down into the earth. He was stunned, lost consciousness, and died.” (Judges 4:21) Nearly a decade… More She is Hard-Core!