pc-usa 2002-08-11 - Passages about Inspirational Women

Part 1: Deborah

Beginning this week, we will read passages about women in the Bible from whom we can learn valuable lessons. First we will learn women whose spiritual victories can inspire us; later we will read about women whose mistakes can serve as warnings for us. All passages today are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB), 1995.

Judges 4:4-5  At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel. She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites came up to her for judgment.

Judges 4:8-10  Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go. And she said, I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. Then Deborah got up and went with Barak to Kedesh. Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and ten thousand warriors went up behind him; and Deborah went up with him.

Judges 4:14-16 Then 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. And 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, while Barak pursued the chariots and the army to Harosheth-ha-goiim. All the army of Sisera fell by the sword; no one was left.

Judges 5:15  the chiefs of Issachar came with Deborah,
And Issachar faithful to Barak;
Into the valley they rushed out at his heels.
Among the clans of Reuben
There were great searchings of heart.

Judges 4:7 The peasantry prospered in Israel,
They grew fat on plunder,
Because you arose, Deborah,
Arose as a mother in Israel.

Jan

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