Judges Chapter 4

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Judges 4

1And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, when Ehud was dead.

2And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles.

3And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.

4And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.

5And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.

6And 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?

7And 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.

8And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.

9And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.

10And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet: and Deborah went up with him.

11Now Heber the Kenite, which was of the children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which is by Kedesh.

12And they shewed Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam was gone up to mount Tabor.

13And Sisera gathered together all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people that were with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto the river of Kishon.

14And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the LORD hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the LORD gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.

15And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, and fled away on his feet.

16But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left.

17Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite: for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.

18And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not. And when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she covered him with a mantle.

19And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him.

20Again he said unto her, Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall be, when any man doth come and enquire of thee, and say, Is there any man here? that thou shalt say, No.

21Then Jael Heber’s wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.

22And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.

23So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.

24And the hand of the children of Israel prospered, and prevailed against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.

32 thoughts on “Judges Chapter 4

  1. Two Women Working for God

    Deborah is one of my favorite ladies in Scripture. A women among men- brave, intellegent, trustworthy, sure of God’s word and confident of God’s pressence. People came to Deborah for answers and justice because of her great wisdom. She spends most of her time judging under a palm tree known throughout all Israel as the “Palm of Deborah.” What is it about palm trees? Solomon (one of the wisest men in Scripture) had decorations of palm trees in the Lord’s temple. Eze 41:18,31,34,37; 1 Ki 6:35; 1 Ki 7:36) In John 12:13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” to Jesus as he entered Jerusalem. Early Christians used the palm branch to symbolize the victory of the faithful over enemies of the soul, as in the Palm Sunday festival celebrating the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. In Christian art, martyrs were usually shown holding a palm frond as an attribute, representing the victory of spirit over flesh, and it was widely believed that a picture of a palm on a tomb meant that a martyr was buried there. But watch out their is a counterfeit in the mist.. In ancient Egyptian times, the palm tree was considered scared to the sun god, Re, and was important to crop fertility. In Judaism and Christianity, it holds a special place, as palm branches were said to have lined Jesus’ path into Jerusalem.

    Mosaic Law didnt prohibit women from taking responsibilties ordinarily reserved for men. She called herself the “Mother of Israel” -a mother to comfort, encourage, challendge, to train and to give birth to faith. God spoke to her in her role as the leader of his people. God told her that Barak was to lead the troops into battle, and that he, God, would deliver the enemy into their hands. So she summons Barak …calm down its not Barak Obama lol.. He refuses to go unless she agrees to come along. She goes of course, now Israel had merely to obey. But Barak would not get the glory of winning the battle but, instead it would go to a woman, and above all God. And it happened just as she said a women, Jael, killed the mighty Sisera (granted he was asleep, but she still had the courage to kill him) The times of the judges where violent times. While it doesnt justify Jael’s actions, it may help to understand them. Sisera’s people have oppressed the Israelites brutally for years. Was it the act of God’s will? Perhaps not, but it did fulfilled God’s purpose by ending the oppression of Israel at the hands of the Canaanites.

    Some have said that in times when men are spiritually weak God uses women instead. Its probably more accurate to say the deeds and faith of women are simply more apparent in those times. For the Lord gives gifts and callings to “all” of his people. The time of the Judges is a prime example. Here we see Deborah, Jael, Sampson’s mother, Naomi and Ruth, among others all exhorted as heroes of the faith- in a time when men wrote about the deeds of men. Their is much to do before the Lord’s return and he will not spurn “any” worker of good heart- and his gifts do not carry a gender label. He is no respector of men, yes women is taken of the (word) men which means that it applies to us too ladies. We too are in a war. We already know the outcome -God has spoken. And we need merely to obey.

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    “Relationship”

    (Judges 4:8 KJV) And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.

    This scripture reminds me of what Moses said unto the Lord in Exodus 33:15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.

    The difference was in whom it was told. Barak was trusting in another persons walk with the Lord while Moses trusted in the Lord.

    When you “live on someone else’s anointing”, you might win many battles of life…but you never really have an honorable testimony for yourself.

    I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!

  3. In this passage it is women that stand out as doing what is needed in obeying God. It is women who are leading the way. Sometimes a women may need to encourage men, but where are the men standing and following God’s will. Men today need to lead their homes to follow Jesus, not the women.

  4. God promised Deborah that he would deliever Sisera and all who were with him into their hands. Sisera may have fled thinking he was free, but you can’t from God. It’s always good to be on the WINNING SIDE!

  5. v8 And Barak said unto her if thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.
    v9 And she said, I will surely go with thee…..

    We need each other to accomplish a work for God.

  6. 15.-At Barak’s advance,the Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and army by the sword,and Sisera abandoned his chariot and fled on foot.
    GOD’s hand at work,God’s hand with Barak at all times……
    16.- but Barak persued the chariots and army as far as Harosheth Haggoyim,all the troops of Sisera fell by the sword,not a man was left.
    —- He did not give up in the middle of war,he wanted to make sure there was none left.
    I want my enemies to fall down,to go away to leave,to flee and that is only going to happen with my persuing in the word of God,(the sword) believing,obeying ,and acting on it.

  7. SO YOU DONT NEED A PASTOR?

    1 And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, when Ehud was dead.

    Judges 3:11 And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died. 12 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD:

    Judges 2:8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old.
    11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD,

    Judges 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

    Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

    Deuteronomy 1:38 But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.

    Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

    (MSG) Hebrews 13:17 Be responsive to your pastoral leaders. Listen to their counsel. They are alert to the condition of your lives and work under the strict supervision of God. Contribute to the joy of their leadership, not its drudgery. Why would you want to make things harder for them?

    Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

    Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
    12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

    The WORD of GOD speaks to us if we will listen. The reoccurring cycle of backsliding is evident when there is no Spiritual Leader present in the lives of the people of God. This does not always mean that there is not one there, but simply he is not allowed to speak into their lives with correction, instruction, exhortation or rebuke.

    It is evident throughout the scripture that when and where there is no Spiritual Leadership present; carnality and sin enter in and have rule in that life.

    One final illustration:

    1 Samuel 15:1 Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.

    26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.

    35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.

    The pride of Saul’s position caused him to lose sight of what allowed him to be a King over the people. Samuel was a Prophet (Man of God) while Saul was a Leader (Servant of People) Saul rejected the God ordained words of the Prophet and it cost not only his position in the Kingdom, it also cost him the God sent voice in his life.

    I NEED A PASTOR!

  8. It seems the pattern in the chapters thus far in Judges is that when there is not a leader in authority over the them, the children of Israel do evil in the sight of the Lord. You would think after all they had been throuth that they would have learned to lead themselves. This speaks to me how important it is to be under a man of God and allow them to speak into your life, all the while learning to not only lead yourself, your family but be a leader of influence for those around you as well. There comes a time when you have to be able to stand on what you know, when no one is looking, and not falter. Continually staying in the word and prayer directs our steps to follow in obedience those things we have been taught.

  9. 4And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.

    5And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.

    In these 2 scriptures Deborah was not only a prophetes, she was also known to be a judge who like to make her people angry so that they wanted to fight.

    God help me to use the right words so I do not start up strife between my brothers and sisters.

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    OH YE PYTHON

    And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel. (Judges 4:3 KJV)

    Oppressed 03905
    TWOT – 1106
    לָחַץ lachats
    Verb law-khats’
    a primitive root
    a primitive root; properly, to press, i.e. (figuratively) to distress:–afflict, crush, force, hold fast, oppress(-or), thrust self.
    to squeeze, press, oppress
    (Qal)
    to squeeze, press
    to oppress
    (Niphal) to squeeze oneself

    That python desires to drain the very life put of you. But his day is soon coming…

    In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. (Isaiah 27:1 KJV)

    OH YE LEVIATHIAN, get your crooked hands off the backsliders of fort worth

  11. v5″ And the children of Israel came up Roger for judgment.”

    It’s been said,”The mark of a great person is to have the ability to take advise.”
    To learn what,” Thus saitheth the LORD”
    Women sometimes are wise counselors.
    “Blesses be thy advise” 1Sam.25:33
    Thank GOD for men and women that are willing to be sensitive to the Spirit Of The LORD and HIS movements.
    The scriptures are beautiful.They are full of good advise and it’s free.
    Thank the LORD for HIS truth and HIS power to deliver us from all our enemies!!!

  12. 9And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.

    I am sure that at that moment barack thought that Deborah was referring to herself. Jael was sitting on the sidelines, no one had shared with her Deborah’s prophecy she was not expecting to be used of God, she just made herself available. As the perching last night said, she had a God appointment

  13. 16But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left.

    Let God fight the Battle!

    Many times we see something in our life that we don’t like, so we try to “fix it.” THe passage comes to mind,” If God be for us, Who can be against us.” We often times forget about the judges of the Bible, yet we must remember them for in this time of judgement there was victory. The Men of God that have been at church lately have prophecied to us about the blessings that are coming our way. This is very true, all you have to do is listen to what people are saying. There are many of saints that are dealing with their jobs, school, home, ect… In that if we are battleing with these things allow God to work. Fear not ,nor be afraid. GOD IS NOT MOCKED!!! He is with us always, no matter what.

  14. Leadership is important when it comes to God. When God places a leader over you, he is giving you a chance to succeed. When we stray away from our leadership is when we fall into trouble. God will show us the way, all we have to do is listen, look and follow.

  15. 9 -10 She said, “Of course I’ll go with you. But understand that with an attitude like that, there’ll be no glory in it for you. God will use a woman’s hand to take care of Sisera.” MSG

    Sometimes God uses the woman cause the woman is the weaker vessel and us women tend to be more tenderhearted than a man. But both need to work together………..

  16. his chapter illustrates magnitude. “And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.” One must never fear how big the enemy is if they are in alignment with the Lord, the Word and under the Blood. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  17. Once again we see the importance of having spiritual leadership in our lives. There are some battles in our lives they we can fight alone but there are those situations where we need the counsel of our spiritual leader to go up with us.

    Thank God for a Pastor!! No matter how God uses us or where he takes us always make place for the spiritual leaders God has given.

  18. howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite: for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite. And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not.

    This part of the passage keeps sticking out to me. It says there was peace between them and then later she killed him in his sleep. I had a lot of thoughts about this such as he really shouldn’t have ran to another mans wife, but more so we should evaluate our relations with people. Sometimes when all seems well it is not. We need to surround ourselves with people who will have our backs in times of need and not nail us in the head in our battles. Understandably this was the enemy of Gods people and God had said it would happen, she probably did not just decide it was a good idea to get rid of him. Women tend to be more emotionally driven people so I would think there was a back log of emotions stored up against this man for whatever reason. We should live our lives in a way that we repent of wrong doings and try to maintain healthy relationships and not dangerous ones.

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    The Two Women Who Out Fought 10,000 Men

    14And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the LORD hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the LORD gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.

    The Battle belongs to the Lord. God is willing to use whoever who wants to be used…

    (1Co 1:27) But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

    (1Co 1:28) And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

    (1Co 1:29) That no flesh should glory in his presence.

    • Reminds me of the scripture about one putting a thousand to flight and two putting ten thousand to flight. From what I understand, Moses originally spoke that passage in the context of the enemy having victory over Israel due to God delivering them into the hand of their enemies (a result of not following God.) It seems fitting in a time of repentance that God would turn it around so instead of Israel’s enemies having that much power over them, it goes instead towards Israel’s victory over the enemy.

  20. Jael was a mighty woman of God doing Gods work. We in our lives sometimes need to nail to the ground and kill whatever it is that is hindering our walk with God. This is a perfect example of dying to the flesh so God can get the glory.

  21. 18And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not. And when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she covered him with a mantle.

    19And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him.

    20Again he said unto her, Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall be, when any man doth come and enquire of thee, and say, Is there any man here? that thou shalt say, No.

    21Then Jael Heber’s wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.

    This is much the way sin can kill us. In the time of need, sin and compromise can seem safe and inviting, somehow just what we think we need. Instead of a life hid in Christ well be entangled and covered with the mantle of separation from Him. Well ask sin for one thing to refresh us (water) but it will give us another to subdue us (milk, which had fat and sugar to help lull the weary drinker to sleep.) Deception creeps in to the point that we allow ourselves full surrender in its presence (sleep) and even trust it to be our protector. Finally, that “sweet, caring, kind” sin shows its true colors; fast asleep in its house, it drives the nail in and the mind that we once trusted in and the intellect we relied on m

    • (accidental early post)

      …we relied more on than the wisdom of God is broken, and we are dead at the sting of sin and never knew what hit us. Our adversary will make use of our dilemma, when we’re more on the run and then standing in authority.

      But no matter how bad it seems, God says:

      “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 KJV)

      “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:10-13 KJV)

      “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37 KJV)

      • The devil may try to turn things for bad, but if our trust is in God and we stand in Him, He can work even the darkest of nights for our good. In the time of desperation, Jesus is our answer.

  22. 19 And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him.

    Fact about milk: Drinking a glass of milk is one of MayoClinics top 10 tips to help fall asleep.

    *****************

    Thankful for the influence and a voice of a God fearing Pastor and Pastor’s wife and my life.

  23. In just 1 or 2 chapters we see Israel riising and falling over and over again due to the lack of relationship and lack of teaching the children as instructed

  24. 4 And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.

    A woman with a voice!! How are we as women are using our voice. The spoken word has power, we must make sure that our voice is used to uplift, empower, & lead in a positive way. Watch your tongue do not let your voice be used for gossip, lies, or strife. Lift your voice unto the Lord with PRAISE!!

  25. And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, when Ehud was dead.

    Why did they go back to evil again? We never do the evil in the sight of the preacher. We always wait until he is away and do our worst. God help us to stand the same in or out of church. Let us have our jug full always. If their jug had been full they would not have been come to evil again.

    Jabin = “whom God observes”

    God observed him getting Jab-ed in his temples

  26. This chapter spoke to me about closeness. You have to have a close relationship with God in order to know, to hear, to understand his voice and direction. In the MSG version of verses 6-7 it talks about how things were revealed to Deborah …..”It has become clear that God, the God of Israel, commands you…” and in the CEV it reads….” I have a message for you from the LORD God of Israel!….” I want to be a messenger of the Lord!

  27. How many times will we do the same things that get us into trouble with God? Again the Isrealites did something they should not have done. Again God allowed them to be put into a troubling situation so they would call upon Him again.

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