Wednesday, January 9, 2013

God saves

Good evening friends,
Tonight's reading picks up where we left off yesterday. God is leading Israel to victory through the leadership of Deborah and Barak. At the close of yesterday's reading Deborah invited Barak to lead the army and Barak responded that he would only go if Deborah went as well. Deborah agreed to go, but said the glory of the victory wouldn't go to Barak, but instead, God would defeat the enemy leader, Sisera, through a woman. In today's story we see the military side of the story. It doesn't matter that Barak is outnumbered; God is with him, so victory follows.

God bless,

Judges 4:10-16
10Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and ten thousand warriors went up behind him; and Deborah went up with him. 11Now Heber the Kenite had separated from the other Kenites, that is, the descendants of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, and had encamped as far away as Elon-bezaanannim, which is near Kedesh. 12When Sisera was told that Barak son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor, 13Sisera called out all his chariots, nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the troops who were with him, from Harosheth-ha-goiim to the Wadi Kishon.

14Then Deborah said to Barak, “Up! For this is the day on which the Lord has given Sisera into your hand. The Lord is indeed going out before you.” So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand warriors following him. 15And the Lord threw Sisera and all his chariots and all his army into a panic before Barak; Sisera got down from his chariot and fled away on foot, 16while Barak pursued the chariots and the army to Harosheth-ha-goiim. All the army of Sisera fell by the sword; no one was left.

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