He feels the need to either reprove me or command me. He does not speak to me as an equal. When a man exasperates you, perhaps it is because he brings out both the best and worst in you. That can be a good thing. It makes you weed out the things that need to change and keep the things that don’t.
Bibical historical fiction can frustrate me at times but this account was encouraging as well as insightful to the history of God’s people. The story of Deborah is very small but with great impact in the history of Jews. Deborah was a prophetess and gave the word of God to the people of God. What kind of woman is she? How did the people respond to a woman in such tribulation in their history when other nations were out to destroy them. Deborah had called her people to repent and turn back to God and in doing so; lead the people to victory to one of their greatest enemies that was out to destroy them.
I liked how this progressed – that Deborah had a high value on the word of God. Her marriage and the implications of her marriage to a scribe. Her children and a daughter that reflected Deborah’s own weakness and strengths. This made the story personal if you have children of your own and see yourself in them.
Deborah’s account also reflects the mercy of God and His justice. With restoration, justice is given but many times if at all times can be very painful. It is a story that when a people fully trust God, their is no fear of evil.
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