Seven times it says Israel “did evil in the sight of the LORD” in the book of Judges, and seven times the LORD raised up a Judge to deliver them after they cried to out to Him.
During Deborah and Barack’s time, it appears the men had relinquished their responsibility as being godly leaders. Barak needed to be confronted about not going to fight; Deborah said to him in Judges 4:6, "Has not the LORD God of Israel commanded, 'Go and deploy troops…” Then, he wouldn’t go unless Deborah would go to the war with him; this is a sad example of how the men were not willing to take responsibility and be brave leaders. The LORD allowed Deborah to go with him but there would be a "price" to pay; Deborah prophesied that his enemy would now be given into the hand of a woman.
Although Judges 4 shows the bad state Israel was in, it marked a turn around. Barak began to take his place and so did some other men. Deborah and Barak begin their song of praise in chapter 5 with these words: ""When leaders lead in Israel, When the people willingly offer themselves, Bless the LORD!"
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan