For 20 years the Israelites have been oppressed by Jabin, king of Canaan, and his army commander, Sisera. Deborah is judging at the time and she asks Barak, a commander of Ephraim, why he hasn’t attacked Sisera’s army as the Lord commanded. Barak says he will go and attack but only if Deborah goes with him. 🙄 Deborah says fine but Barak, you ain’t getting any glory…it’s going to go to a woman. So Barak attacks and Sisera flees on foot to the tent of a lady named Jael. “Then Jael, took a tent peg and a hammer in her hand and went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple…” Wow! ⛺️ 🔨 😱 Peg in the head kills Sisera and Jael gets the glory as Deborah and Barak sing, “Most blessed among women is Jael…At her feet he sank, he fell; Where he sank, there he fell dead.”
Next the Israelites are being oppressed by the Midianites. The Angel of the Lord appears to Gideon, from the tribe of Manasseh, who was hiding from the Midianites in the wine press. I love how God says to this fearful man in hiding, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” God sees Gideon for the man he will be bc the Lord will be with him! But Gideon reminds me of doubting Moses “…how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” Well you can’t Gideon. That’s the whole point. But the One who can will be with you just like He was with Moses! Gideon, like Moses, needs some signs from the Lord to build his faith. So God graciously wets and dries the fleece for Gideon. Tomorrow Gideon goes against the Midianites so keep reading!