Sometimes we seem to distance ourselves from the Old Testament Bible and Deborah in thinking that somehow God works differently in our modern culture. Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for making me a woman. Because we are women, we are not a lesser person in the eyes of God. “God wanted a godly man to lead, but since he apparently didn’t, I get to be part of ‘Plan B.’ I’m glad for God to use me, but it makes me feel badly that someone failed.” I heard a marked sadness in her voice. God called her to a prominent position as a prophetess and judge at a time in history when He commonly appointed men to those positions. All right, now you know God has a sense of humor; this is one of my favorite places in the Bible. She was Deborah prophetess Bible woman and judge.How would you like that for a job description? Does not the Lord go out before you?”. . We find her story in 2 Kings 22:14–20: Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Acbor, Shaphan and Asaiah went to speak to the prophetess Huldah, who was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe. Rain would mean mud on the valley floors, mud that would immobilise the enemy’s chariots, and she already had a plan. A judge in Israel was a tribal leader who in times of peace had authority to settle disputes and problems God is God; He never changes. Sometimes people say Deborah was not a judge because Hebrews 11:32–33 does not include her: And what more shall I say? They were a brave but motley force. Or was his humiliation due in part to his erroneous views of women? While Deborah went with the army, she did not engage in battle. Therefore I will gather you to your fathers, and you will be buried in peace. God got His message through to Barak in a way that Barak would understand: You lack faith, you lose honor. The highways were deserted, and the travelers walked along the byways. Village life ceased, it ceased in Israel, until I, Deborah, arose, arose a mother in Israel. With all hope of freeing themselves from the iron thumb of Jabin, the Israelites repented and called out to God for help. Here’s Barak’s response to the Lord’s command: Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go” (v. 8). Huldah. She in turn summoned a military leader called Barak, and gave him orders. In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath, in the days of Jael. Suddenly, it is more important to serve God than to continue to dabble in the pleasures the world offers us. And thank You for Jesus, who revealed He was the Messiah to a Samaritan woman, even when the disciples couldn’t understand why He would speak to a female. Deborah, a judge and prophetess who rallied the Israelites against King Jabin of Hazor. He should go to Mount Tabor (see Mount Tabor and the Jezreel Valley at right) with as many fighting men as he could muster, and draw King Jabin into battle. It is never by our strength that we overcome the hurdles of life, but only God’s strength as He works through us. With his 900 chariots of iron and the strength of his fearless army, this would be an easy victory. Photograph from World War I. Barak had a much smaller army, comparatively untrained, and with inferior weapons. Thus let all Your enemies perish, O Lord! .” you’ve put conditions on your obedience. An army general ought to think of the odds against him, and the safety of his soldiers. Yet we don’t know for certain if that means she was a biological mother. Excerpted and adapted from Java with the Judges (AMG) by Sandra Glahn. She is known for her wisdom and courage and is the only woman of the Old Testament who is known for her own faith and action, not because of her relationship to her husband or another man. Deborah is one of the most influential women of the Bible. The flash flood swelled the nearby Wadi Kishon and turned the battleground into deep mud, giving the Israelite foot soldiers the advantage over the Canaanite chariots.