Leading the Captives

“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

When Leaders Lead

“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

A Theology of Song

“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

Cut Off

“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

She is Hard-Core!

“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!