Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. She sent for Barak and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men and take them to Mt. Tabor, and I will lead Sisera, the commander in Jabin’s army and give him into your hands” Barak said, “if you will go with me, I will go, but if you won’t go with me, I won’t.”
Anna, a prophet, lived in the Temple as a widow for seventy seven years. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. She came along just when Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.
The Book of Judges chronicles the 339 years between the death of Joshua and Israel’s first king, Saul. The time of the Judges was a very wicked period in Israel’s history. The whole period can be summed up by one sentence: “There was no king in Israel; so every man did what was right in his own eyes.”
Deborah was the 4th judge and the only woman. God told Deborah to tell Barak (Israel’s greatest warrior) to go to war with Sisera, the general of King Jabin’s army who had oppressed God’s people for 20 years. Barak assembled an army that was untrained and ill equipped. Barak told Deborah that he would only go if she went with them.
Deborah believed God, while Barak’s faith faltered. God gave Israel the victory and the people honored Deborah for her courageous faith.
The Bible tells us when God is looking for people to step out and lead by faith, he doesn’t look at appearances (or gender), but He looks at the heart. In ancient times, when these two women prophesied, the majority of people probably didn’t believe they had heard from God. Still, God honored their courageous faith. Pray that you would have the faith of Deborah and Anna.
To learn more about Biblical fasting, check out our Fasting Guide.
If you aren’t currently a part of a home group, but would like to dive deeper into our study on Courage, join us on Tuesday nights starting July, 24 from 6:30-8:30pm in the worship center for a large group study on the book of Nehemiah led by Pastor Mark.
In this seven week course, we will dig deeper into the heart of courage and how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
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