While some complained of bondage, Deborah the prophetess and judge heeded God’s call to come forward, looking with hope to the future. Prejudice quickly disappeared so that the Israelites accepted her as both leader and magistrate. She had no special office where she could judge the causes and problems of the people, where she could counsel and encourage the enslaved, so she sat under a palm tree, which became known as Deborah’s palm tree¹. Listening to the Lord’s voice, Deborah takes the initiative in the battle, then chooses the earthly leader of the armies, Barak with The Song of Deborah.
The Song of Deborah is known as a victory hymn, sang by Deborah and Barak. The story behind the Song of Deborah is found in the pages of The Book of Judge when Barak and Deborah go to the battlefield, and God gives them the promised victory. The joy is so great, the gratitude so deep, that these two heroes compose a song of praise to God, singing it with all their hearts. Declaring the glory and glory of God and calling on the name of the Lord God of Israel.
Deborah’s songs bring new elements of modesty and nobility to her character. So she is careful to praise the princes of Israel and the people obedient to the Lord and ready for battle. As for her deeds, she lets others speak.
Why did God choose Deborah?
Deborah is one of the women of the Bible who can be followed by Christian women of our time. She is an example of a female warrior. We will look at her and some of the qualities Scripture presents about her. She understands her role and assumes her position in God’s plan for her and His people.
Deborah was chosen by God because of the strong relationship she had with God. Deborah’s earned position is rooted in a serious relationship with God and a deep fellowship with Him. God was speaking to this woman and she was speaking to Him.
From a serious relationship with God and a deep fellowship with Him comes obedience from Him and reward. Deborah and the Lord’s people are victorious in the battle and therefore begin to sing to the Lord.
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The lyrics of the Song of Deborah
Deborah is revealed to us as a woman who knows how to praise the Lord. She knows that the Lord is to be praised for what he does. Their struggle was successful, the Lord helped them and they overcame their enemies. Israel was free after twenty years. God had intervened.
The lyrics of Deborah’s catechism sound like this:
“The people of Zebulun risked their very lives
so did Naphtali on the terraced fields.
Kings came, they fought,
and the kings of Canaan fought.
At Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo,
they took no plunder of silver.
From the heavens, the stars fought,
from their courses they fought against Sisera.” (Song of Deborah)
God had done His part: He raised a judge for them, revealed to them the strategy of battle, and gave them victory. Now it was their time: they had to do their part: God is to be praised at all times, whatever the circumstances, all the more when He gives victories. So they sing to the Lord.
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Why is the Song of Deborah important?
The song of Deborah is one of the most archaic Old Testament songs from the book of Judges. So the Bible talks a lot about women and their importance and role in God’s plan. Therefore, many women in Scripture can be taken as worthy role models for Christian women today.
The song of Deborah is important because it brings glory to God and tells the story of the defeat of Israel’s oppressors through a woman chosen by God, not a man.
The song of Deborah can be divided into 6 sections of major importance:
- Introduction of praise.
- The invocation of the name of God, Yahweh.
- The desolation.
- Death of Sisera.
- Presentation of the mother of the dead Sisera who is waiting for her son at home.
Having shown that God can deliver His children from any situation, through any person, and by any means, this time the Prophet Samuel, the writer of the book of Judges, shows us how He delivers His people through the women who are made available to Him.
Who wrote The Song of Deborah?
Deborah’s song after the battle, sung with Barac, provides additional details about the battle and highlights God’s supernatural intervention in the battle. So, at the height of the dry season, walking along a dried-up riverbed, Israel’s enemy was drowned in divine wrath.
Deborah and Barak wrote the song with a desire to give glory to the God who saved them and helped them win the war.
The story of Deborah and Barak represents a downward path of the moral and spiritual degradation of the people of Israel. She joins the gallery of prophetesses on the pages of Scripture, emerging alongside Miriam.
How old is The Song of Deborah?
In the song of Deborah, we are told that God changed the laws of nature and it rained heavily when no one expected rain. The Master of the universe showed the Jews that He can do what He wants when He wants, and how He wants, and nature gave the people a lesson in obedience. The situation was repeated not once in the history of the chosen people.
Deborah’s song is very old, it has its roots in the 12th century BC.
God humiliates Sisera, hastening his end by the hand of a woman. But, at the same time, he humiliates Barak for his unbelief, not letting him share in the glory of the victory. And with such a defeat, the song of praise for the Emperor of Heaven also appears.
- Through her song her modesty and beautiful and heroic character shine through. The course of events often brings about happenings and situations that no one would have ever thought of.
- Having a clear vision of the course of events was smoothly obvious ascendancy over men who would run for the highest office in the state.
- For her part, Deborah did not venture to advertise herself or garner praise. But in the end, because she had won, she wanted to offer praise for a wonderful fact. Praise be to God through her song and Barak’s.
“On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song:
“When the princes in Israel take the lead
when the people willingly offer themselves—
praise the Lord!
“Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers²!
I, even I, will sing to the Lord;
I will praise the Lord, the God of Israel, in song.”
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Explanation of biblical words
Deborah’s palm tree¹= a place where the prophetess and famous female judge Deborah did her job. Under a palm tree
rulers²= people who rule over the countries, kings, and judges
Biography of Deborah
|Place of birth||Israel|
|Year of birth:||1107 BC|
|Year of death:||1067 BC|
|Profession:||judge of Israel and a prophetess|
|Death cause:||Normal causes- age|
Deborah’s first proof of heroism was that she stood by God at a time when the people were once again doing what was not pleasing to God. So she could have stayed behind the sink pots or lost herself in female jobs. Therefore first disadvantage she faced was that she was a woman. And in those days, a woman was considered second class. It would have been easier for her to do nothing, to live her own spiritual life, to have her relationship with God, but if she had done so she would not have been a heroine of the faith. The song of Deborah is known in all countries, and she remains a biblical heroine because of it.
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