Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 31

This entry is part 31 of 45 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Recap of Part 30: Gideon’s faith led him to fight the Midianites. “And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon” (Judges 7:20). The great city, surrounded by wall, now stood without and the Midianites fell by the hand of 300 men and God.

Part 31

Again, the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord and because of their actions “the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor” (Judges 4:2). They were persecuted for 20 years under Jabin’s hand. Then the children of Israel cried to the Lord for help and were heard. Deborah a prophetess of the Lord called Barak and instructed him to take 10,000 men and fight against the army of Jabin. Sisera was the captain of Jabin’s army and the one Barak would face in battle.

Both sides gathered their armies and prepared for war. Deborah told Barak that this day the Lord would grant them salvation from their enemies. “And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the LORD hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the LORD gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him. And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, and fled away on his feet. But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left” (vs. 14-16).

After these events, another unbelievable event occurs. If you think about it though, only God could accomplish such things. “Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite: for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite. And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not. And when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she covered him with a mantle. And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him. Again he said unto her, Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall be, when any man doth come and enquire of thee, and say, Is there any man here? that thou shalt say, No. Then Jael Heber’s wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died” (vs. 17-21).

Barak’s faith had to have been great. He was a warrior, but the odds were against the children of Israel. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) God could overcome any army. “Sisera gathered together all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people that were with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto the river of Kishon” (Judges 4:13). For emphasis, “all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left” (vs. 16).

If you were a part of Barak’s army how would you have felt when seeing nine hundred chariots of iron coming at you. Remember there were only 10,000 men standing with you. Is God able? What did Barak know?

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