Deborah was one of the judges of Israel during a time of oppression. She is called a prophetess and the wife of Lappidoth. The Lord spoke through her as she held court under a tree called “the Palm of Deborah” in Ephraim. The Lord also used her to set her people free and defeat the king of Canaan. Deborah’s story is found in Judges, chapters 4 and 5.

Deborah was Israel’s only female judge. Some scholars have suggested that her position as judge was itself a judgment on the weak-willed men of Israel. Because Israel’s men were unfit to judge, God chose a woman for the job, partly to shame the men who should have taken the leadership. Other commentators believe that Deborah’s role as judge was a sign of God’s comforting presence in the midst of His oppressed and downtrodden people. 

Lesson: if you refuse to carry and extend the glory deposited in you over others, many will be raised to discharge such. Stop wasting talent but embrace it.

When Deborah became judge, the Israelites had been subjugated for 20 years by Jabin, king of Canaan. The commander of Jabin’s army was named Sisera, and he had 900 iron chariots – formidable weapons against Israel’s foot soldiers (Judges 4:3). The Israelites were treated very cruelly by Sisera and his army, and Israel’s spirits were very low. Deborah describes the hardship of living under Jabin and Sisera this way: “The highways were abandoned, and travelers kept to the byways. The villagers ceased in Israel; they ceased to be” (Judges 5:6-7). In other words, people feared to leave their; traveling was very dangerous. 

Lesson learnt: your purpose and glory wasn’t meant for you alone but needs to manifest for those attach to you that 

Here is a man God has called but refuses, Barak. Every one just needs to listen and obey. Take up the tasks. Deborah was a mighty woman, a prophetess ready for anything provided it was ordered by God. She played important role in killing the warrior of Jabin king of Canaan, Sisera. But I will like to emphasis on the life Barak. Verse 6 says ” And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, and said unto him, *Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?”*

Before God told Deborah. Am sure he would have personally called on Barak but he intended of not hearing anything. My question: can God call anyone without giving him or her his assurance support. Verse 7 says “And I will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand”. What assurance do we need more than this. 

Yet, he was still scare about God’s assurance. This happen to many lives where they simply neglect God’s word because of the circumstances surrounding. This childish act lock many potentials and dreams in a cage of unfulfilling.

Lesson learnt: Many were caged by their mountains. Try to move the mountains, shift the base. Deborah face it and conquer. Face yours and it shall move. Unlock your potentials and purpose of being here.

Whole lesson learnt

Despite the circumstances surrounding, especially concerning the great warrior ” Sierra”, Deborah summon courage and face the mountain by ready for the war against Sierra and she won. Face your mountain and shift the mountain

Barak was a coward, upon all the assurance he was still scared. Many of us scare for mountain waiting for our manifestation so that it can move. But many saw mountain but could not overcome. What a pity!. Face your mountain and it will shift.


Author: Jolayemi Emmanuel

Jolayemi Emmanuel is a motivator and life inspirer person. A true leadership oriented person and simplicity in nature. He believes that life is full of challenges, overcoming them makes life meaningful to all.


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