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Judges 4:1-24

 

“And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, when Ehud was dead. 2 And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles. 3 And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD:  for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel. 4 And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time. 5 And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim:  and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment. 6 And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedesh-naphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun? 7 And I will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand. 8 And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go:  but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go. 9 And she said, I will surely go with thee:  notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.  And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh. 10 And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet:  and Deborah went up with him. 11 Now Heber the Kenite, which was of the children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which is by Kedesh. 12 And they shewed Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam was gone up to mount Tabor. 13 And 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 Kishon. 14 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. 15 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. 16 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. 17 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. 18 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. 19 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. 20 Again he said unto her, Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall be, when any man doth come and inquire of thee, and say, Is there any man here? that thou shalt say No. 21 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:  for he was fast asleep and weary.  So he died. 22 And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest.  And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples. 23 So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel. 24 And the hand of the children of Israel prospered, and prevailed against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.” 

 

Introduction: Deborah & Barak   

[Audio version: https://resources.ccphilly.org/detail.asp?TopicID=&Teaching=WED631 ]

 

“Judges chapter 4, we come this evening to Deborah and Barak, and Jael, interesting, interesting portion of Scripture.  Our focus is switching from Othniel and Ehud and Shamgar in the south (and Midwest) to the northern part of Israel, where-again  the Israelites have turned away to worship Baal and Ashtaroth, to worship other gods, and the LORD is dealing with them.  They have experienced their longest rest, it was 80 years long, in verse 30 of chapter 3 it says “So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel.  And the land had rest fourscore years.” for 80 years, that is the longest period of rest that they have.  Chapter 4 begins by saying “And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, when Ehud was dead.” (verse 1)  Remember, all of this is every man doing what is right in his own eyes, not what’s wrong in his own eyes, what’s right in his own eyes, but it’s evil before the LORD.  It says ‘The children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD when Ehud was dead.’  “And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles.” (verse 2)  Now, this is sad, because this is the first captivity by a Canaanite king, it had been the Edomites, the Moabites, those coming across the border into Israel.  Now Jabin, and that’s not his name, he’s the king of the Canaanite tribe, the name “Jabin” is like “Pharaoh,” that’s his title, and his captain of arms [commanding general] is Sisera.  The sad thing is, that we are only less than a 100 years, or right about there from Joshua chapter 11, you don’t have to turn there, it says “It came to pass when Jabin” and this is an earlier Jabin, like a Pharaoh, again, “king of Hazor,” and Hazor was about 200 acres within the walls, you figure Jericho where the walls fell down was only 8 to 11 acres inside the walls, it wasn’t huge, it was about as big as our property inside the walls.  But you have Hazor, 200 acres, it’s a huge complex in the north.  It says ‘It came to pass when Jabin king of Hazor had heard the things about Joshua,’ what’s going on with the success of the Israelites, ‘he gathered himself the kings that were in the north, in the mountains and plains of Kinnereth and in the valley and borders of Dorn and so forth, and to the Canaanites on the east and on the west, and to the Amorite and the Hittite, the Perizzites and Jebusites, in the mountains the Hivites, mount Hermon and Mizpah, they went out and all their host with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the seashore in multitude, with horses and chariots,’ Josephus tells us there were 300,000 infantry, 10,000 calvary and 20,000 chariots.  Now our confrontation tonight is going to be with 900 chariots, and Israel’s terrorized, and it’s less than 100 years later.  Here it’s a 100 years before this, and Joshua moving forward with the Captain of the LORD of hosts, he’s facing 300,000 infantry, 10,000 calvary and 20,000 chariots.  It says ‘they went out, their host, as much people as the sand that’s upon the seashore in multitude with horses and chariots very many, and when all these kings were met together they came and pitched together at the waters of Merom [lake Hulah, just north of lake Galilee] to fight against Israel.  And the LORD said to Joshua, Be not afraid because of them, for tomorrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel, thou shalt hue their horses and burn their chariots with fire,’ and so forth.  And of course Joshua has a tremendous victory.  Now here we are, the new generation is settled into the land, and there’s a new Jabin that’s arisen, and evidently they have rebuilt Hazor enough for it to be a fortress again, and he has a captain [commanding general] named Sisera of Harosheth of the Gentiles, “And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD:  for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.” (verse 3) [that would be from the end of Ehud/Shamgar, around 1346BC – 20 = 1326BC]  for 20 years Sisera oppressed Israel, we’re told in the Song of Deborah that we’re going to come to, that no one would travel on the roads where there had been much trade, that people walked in the pathways and the byways in the mountains to stay away from Sisera, that travel wasn’t safe, the people weren’t living in villages, they were living in walled fortresses, that he was terrorizing the whole northern, at least, part of the country.  So 20 years they’re in bondage to Jabin king of Hazor with Sisera, and they were oppressing the children of Israel.  And we come now to this woman, Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.  Now, we’re not told of her lineage, she shows up on the scene, and then passes off.  We’re given the information the LORD wants us to have.  Her name is Deborah, which means “bee,” like bzzzz, and I don’t particularly like bees, I do like honey, so I tolerate bees.  Wasps I think are completely useless, but a bee can produce something sweet or painful, and certainly this Deborah is able to do that.  She’s the wife of a man named Lapidoth which means “torches” or “fires.”  And she judged Israel at that time, “And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim:  and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.” (verse 5)  And she called Barak, his name means “lightning,” so her husband’s name means “torches,” the guy she calls for help means “lightning,” she like fiery men evidently.  She is a very peculiar person, ladies listen up, and guys, she’s an example to us.  She is a prophetess, we’re told, which means that God is speaking to this woman.  She is a judge, the only woman that was a prophetess before this was Meriam and Meriam failed, Meriam ended up being smitten with leprosy and Moses prayed for her and she was cleansed.  This woman, we’re going to find out is a prophetess, it means she has the Word of the LORD for Israel, she is a judge, and the only other person that we find that was both a judge and a prophet is Samuel, he’s the last of the judges, the first of the Prophets.  She is a prophetess, she’s a judge, we’re going to find out she’s a military commander, and she’s a Psalmist, she is unique in Scripture, this woman, Deborah.  It just tells us, she’s married to a man named Lapidoth, from other verses in the Song we’re going to assume she has children, we assume that.  And she is the one whose judged Israel at that time.  Ehud is gone, Shamgar is gone, Othniel is gone and God has raised up this woman, evidently no one else is listening.  He’s raised up this woman to be a judge in Israel, “And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim:” now that’s an interesting location, we’re going to talk about that later, she sits under this tree, “and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.” (verse 5)  Now it just seems to be the north, the whole nation comes to her, they know about her.  Listen, no radio, no television, no periodicals, no internet, no cell phones, this woman has a reputation because this woman hears from God.  And evidently she supersedes the Urim and the Thummim during this time, no one’s going to Shiloh, no one’s going to the priests, the nation comes to this woman, Deborah, what a woman she was.  All of Israel come up to her for judgment, and at this time is the indication, “And she sent and called for Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedesh-naphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded, saying, Go draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?” (verse 6) now that’s over a hundred miles north of where she is, he has to make a several day journey to come down, he hears that Deborah wants him, and it tells us what esteem she must be held in for this man whose a warrior then to head south to come to her.  “and said unto him, Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?” now she’s heard from God.  So those of you who’ve just been to Israel, those of you who have been with us before, when you’re at Megiddo and you look across the Valley of Armageddon, the Valley of Jezreel, Isralden, you can see mount Tabor, it’s a very interesting and peculiar shaped dome-shaped hill on the other side of the Valley of Jezreel.  It ascends 1300 feet above the floor of the valley.  And of course because this man Sisera has 900 chariots of iron, the best vantage point to face him would be from a mountainside where chariots are pretty much non-functional.  So the LORD begins to speak to Deborah, Deborah knows the man to call, I’m not sure if she knew him before this or if the LORD said ‘there’s a man named Barak, get him down here,’  she sends for him, Barak comes down and she says “Hath not the LORD said,” she said the LORD is speaking, “Go and draw toward mount Tabor,” now he’s gotta go all the way back up to where he just came down from, “and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun--and I” this is the LORD speaking “will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude;” and notice, “and I” the LORD “will deliver him into thine hand.” (verses 6b-7)  Now the river Kishon, today is basically just a stream, a brook in Israel.  A hundred years ago though, sailboats would come up the Kishon into the Valley of Jezreel from the Mediterranean, and evidently back in this time it was even more a notable river, because we’re going to find out here in this situation it’s going to overflow its banks.  The LORD says “I will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera,” and the Kishon is the river that goes down in front of mount Tabor, “the captain of Jabin’s army, with his chariots, and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand.  And Barak said unto her,” she just said this to him prophetically, “And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go:  but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.” (verses 7b-8)  Now here’s a military commander telling Deborah ‘I’ll go fight if you go with me, if you ain’t going then I ain’t going.’  Now some immediately try to characterize Barak as being a coward or cowering before Sisera, but you have to understand, in Israel before this as they came into the land, the Ark of the Covenant went to battle before them.  We’re not hearing anything about a priest really in the Book of Judges, we’re not hearing about the Urim and Thummim, you know, the presence of the LORD is upon Deborah, and he says ‘I will go to battle because the whole nation knows her,’ he’s fighting at a great disadvantage, he’s gotta collect warriors from what’s left from some tribes, any of the nation that dwelt on the plains in the valley are gone, the only place where there’s still Israeli strongholds are in the mountains where they’re able to fight against Jabin and his chariots.  And he’s wondering ‘Where am I going to collect 10,000 soldiers?’ and it says in the Song of Deborah when we come to it in chapter 5, which sheds light on all this, it says “was there a shield or a sword amongst forty thousand in Israel?” because the Hittites, the Canaanites were forging metal weapons and metal shields, and they had chariots of iron, and they would only allow the Israelites to have a metal plow or something, they had stripped them of their weaponry.  So Barak is saying, ‘How am I supposed to do this?  I’ll do this if you’ll go with me, we understand the LORD is speaking through you, if you go I’ll go, if you’re not gonna go, then I’m not going to go.’  “And she said, I will surely go with thee:  notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.  And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.” (verse 9)  Now it doesn’t say if she asked Lapidoth her husband, he must just be sitting there listening, and she said ‘Oh you want me to go up north and face the Hittites with you into battle?  No problem.’  Now I can’t imagine my wife doing that without asking permission first, ‘Hey, do you mind if I go to war with the troops?  Ah, stay right here, I’m gonna get Jeff Black, you can talk to him for awhile…’  She says “I will surely go with thee:  notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.  And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.” (verse 9)  So there will be honour attached to this.  Now, Jael, we’re going to come to her, and she gets a lot of criticism, I mean, I’ve read a lot of stuff.  And so many will criticize her and say she extended this Bedouin type hospitality to this guy, she gets him in the tent, she kills him, she betrayed him, what she did is wrong and so forth.  Well it says here that the honour of slaying Sisera is not going to go to Barak, so there’s honour from the LORD attached to it, but the honour’s going to go to Jael, because the LORD’s going to give Sisera into Jael’s hand.  So it’s the LORD who is doing this.  And Jael, what a woman she is, sleep in a separate room if you’re married to her, we’ll come to that.  So he says ‘the honour’s not going to be to you because the LORD’s going to sell Sisera into the hand of a woman,’ “And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.  And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet:  and Deborah went up with him.” (verse 10)  Now Barak never read chapter 5, if he had read chapter 5, he never read the Book of Judges, he’d have been a little more self-assured.  He’s living this out, and he never read it, just like you’re living out your chapters and haven’t read them ahead of time, he’s living out his.  Deborah comes on the scene, no pedigree, no lineage after her, she steps onto the scene, she changes the nation.  All of us pass through, in this life, and we either build or we tear down, we either encourage or we discourage, we either change for the good or change for the worse.  I remember years ago a study was done, and it was by one of the major corporations in America, and they decided after several years of study, that every human being dramatically effects in their life up to 300 people, from the time you’re a child to the time you die.  You have a dramatic effect on that many people, to build up, to tear down, to encourage, to discourage, to challenge, not to challenge.  This woman Deborah comes on the scene and she changes the nation, without pedigree, there’s no official training here, she’s a prophetess because her heart resonates with the LORD.  She doesn’t have a promotion, she’s not in the newspaper, she doesn’t have the Deborah TV show every week.  People are drawn to her because of the depth of her spiritual person, her spiritual commitment to the LORD, so much so that Barak doesn’t want to go into battle without this woman, Deborah. 

 

Heber The Kenite Snitches, ‘Drops A Dime’ On Barak--Which Lures Sisera & Jabin’s Army Into God’s Trap

 

Now, it says in verse 11, “Now Heber the Kenite, which was of the children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which is Kedesh.”  What it’s saying here is, Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, Hobab, came with the children of Israel in their wanderings in the Wilderness and entered into the land.  We’re told in chapter 1, verse 16 that they were given a place in the Araba, in the south, which they love, of the desert.  This particular man and his family split off from the rest of the Kenites and moved up north, and had made some type of league with Jabin the king of Hazor.  He’s friendly with him, he’s not an Israelite, he’s a Kenite.  So he had some type of dealings with the king of Jabin, which is the enemy of Israel.  So it says he moved up north to Kedesh where this battle is going to take place.  And it says “And they” these Kenites that had turned against their own family it seems, “shewed Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam was gone up to mount Tabor.” (verse 12)  So, this guy drops a dime on Barak.  You know, sometimes you and I are really bugged when somebody says something to somebody else about us, or seems to get us in trouble.  Now look, this is exactly what was on the menu, this is exactly what the LORD used.  God uses dime-droppers.  We know, we wish he wouldn’t use them around us, I understand, but he does.  And sometimes when that happens, instead of just getting mad, sit back and pray, and see if the Lord might be doing something.  Because he uses this traitor to draw Sisera into the battle, where this incredible victory for the children of Israel is going to take place.  “And Sisera gathered together all of his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron,” they were tanks, you know, “and all the people that were with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto the river Kishon.  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?” ” (verses 13-14)  So Barak’s out there with 10,000 troops, he’s on the side of mount Tabor thinking ‘They’re gonna have to come get us, we’ll fight them on the mountain, I’m not going down there,’ and Deborah says ‘No, up!  On your way, get down there, go out there and get them, God’s delivered them.’  You know, this takes quite a bit of faith for Barak to listen to Deborah in this situation, ‘the LORD’s delivered them into your hands, Sisera is given into your hand,’ “is not the LORD gone out before thee?  So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.” I love this word, “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.” (verses 14b-15)  You see that a lot in the Coyote verses the Roadrunner, he discomfited a lot smokin’, falling off cliffs.  Now what we’re going to find out is in Deborah’s Song, which is one of the oldest songs anywhere in the world, by the way, we’re going to find out in her song that the LORD moved from heaven, there was a supernatural moving of the elements and so forth, and it says the chariots and the horses were sloshing around in the mud, and that the Kishon river swelled up and carried them away.  Josephus tells us that a wind came up, and the rain and the hail were so strong that they were blowing in the face of Sisera’s men and his chariots, that the hail stones where hitting them so that they couldn’t use a bow and arrow, they couldn’t use a sling, they couldn’t hold onto their swords, they couldn’t steer their chariots, that this tempest came up and it just floored them.  There are things like that that have happened in history by the way [there was a strong soaking rain that took place in the area of the battlefield of Waterloo the evening before Napoleon confronted the Duke of Wellington so Napoleon’s cavalry were having a hard time of it in the mud].  Deborah says ‘Get up, and go down there, the LORD has given them into your hand,’ and it says ‘and the LORD discomfited them,’ and they took the host by the edge of the sword, and Sisera lighted down, he jumped off his chariot, and he began to run away on foot, a miraculous victory here.  “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.” (verse 16) what a great victory God had given. 

 

Jael, A Very Special Woman--Sisera’s Worst Nightmare

 

Now, “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.” (verse 17)  Now Sisera’s problem is going to be this, that there was peace between Jabin and her husband, but there wasn’t peace between Jabin and Jael, the wife, that’s gonna be Sisera’s problem as he gets into this circumstance.  So we have this interesting picture given to us now.  Listen, there is a woman, she is a Bedouin woman.  Ah, if you’ve been to Israel and you could see, some of them look pretty rugged, and she is, her name in Hebrew can be combination of Ja and El, Jehovah is God, but Jael, the root of it in her own language, it has the idea of a gazelle, but all these words have a verb root, and it means “to ascend,” it means “to be valuable,” it means “to do good.”  And because the root word means “ascending,” it would use it to describe a gazelle.  She, this particular person, Jael, reflects something of value, something that ascends above what’s around her.  We’re going to find out that her husband and the tribe are friends with Sisera and Jabin, but she can’t stand it.  This is a woman who watched Pop Eye when she grew up, and in this scene she said ‘That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!’ and her pipe spun around and she got a can of spinach and just leveled this guy.  So she’s a very interesting character.  “And Jael went out to meet Sisera,” Sisera is of an uncertain root, and if you have the old Scofield with the names in the back and have another book which is just on names, and in there it says the root of it means “to bind with chains.”  So you have these two personalities, names are important in the Bible, and it’s not happenstance or coickidink here, this is Jael, which means to ascend, to be valuable, and she’s in a conflict, going to be, with Sisera, his name means to bind with chains.  And he flees there to where he knows this settlement of tents are.  In Israel today, the Bedouins are in different places, you see these black tents, they look just like they did 3,000 years ago, 4,000 years ago when Abraham lived in tents.  They bring their sheep into the tent at night.  Israelis bought these, built these condominiums south of Jerusalem, in the southern part of Judah for the Bedouins, the Bedouins are good citizens, they enter the Israeli military, they’re some of the best trackers in the world, they can track over a rock, they’re amazing.  So the Israelis built these condominiums for them, and when they let the Bedouins settle in, the Bedouins put their tents next to the condominiums and put the sheep in the condos and they stayed in their tents.  I mean, it’s just an ancient culture.  The funny thing is, you go by now, you’ll see a TV antenna on top of the tent and a Honda generator sitting next to it, and they’re in there watching American Idol or something.  But it’s a very interesting culture.  When you come in there’s a whole series of drinks they’ll offer you, a very bitter cup of coffee when you get there, and that is you bring to mind all of your bitter memories, once you’re in their hospitality, and then they give you an extremely sweet cup after that, which means we don’t need to remember all of that while you’re here, we want this to be a sweet experience, and so forth.  When they bring forth the dinner, and it can be a whole roasted goat or lamb, they won’t eat until you can’t eat anymore…and it’s of their delight, and of course you’re supposed to belch, and they’re all happy, and then they’ll all dig in.  But they’ll wait, you’re the guest, you eat until you can’t eat anymore, and then again, after dinner there’s a very sweet cup of coffee.  And all of it very symbolic, it’s a culture that’s thousands of years old.  Much of that is akin to what is happening here.  So he flees to this Bedouin community, these Kenites, Sisera, he knows that they’re there.  “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.” (verse 18)  Now, she evidently knows there’s been a defeat, obviously he’s running alone, she can tell by the look on his face, she says ‘don’t be afraid,’ she knows they’ve been defeated, and she takes him into her tent.  Now the women’s tent was the Harem’s tent, and at the sake of your life you didn’t go in that tent without an invitation, she says to Sisera ‘You can come into here in my tent,’ and he’s thinking ‘Great, nobody will look for me there,’ and she covers him up.  He’s completely exhausted no doubt.  “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.” (verse 19) now the milk is not from the fridge, it is “leben,” the Bedouins, the Arabs drink it in the Middle East today, it is a curdled milk, she probably had it in a wineskin, and she gave him that to drink, it was creamy but was sour, and it was a delicacy, it’s not a bottle of milk from the fridge, it’s not cold, nothings cold over there.  And she gives that to him, “and gave him to drink, and covered him.” he’s exhausted, and lays down.  “And 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.” (verse 20)  ‘I want you to keep me hidden, I want you to lie,’ and like anything that binds us, any sin, he’s saying ‘deny my existence, say I’m not here, I’m not in your home, I’m not in your house.’  So evidently, he lays down now and he zonks out, he’s gone.  And it says “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.” (verse 21)  Now this is a 12 inch to 18 inch nail, this is a tent stake, a tent peg.  Look, it says it right there if you don’t believe me.  Took a nail of the tent.  It was the woman’s job, and still is in this culture, to set up the tent and take down the tent.  In fact the Bedouins in Israel today, sorry for those of you who have heard and are bored, but somebody new might enjoy this, they take four wives over a lifetime, and they buy them all, by the way.  And the first wife they get, they look for somebody strong, good biceps, because the wife sets up the tent and takes down the tent, takes care of the flocks, so you get a strong one and they’re productive.  And when you can afford it because you’re making more money, because you got a strong wife, then you buy your second one, and then when you’re making more money you buy your third one, and they save for their old age, they save the fourth wife which is a pretty one, which they buy for pleasure, she doesn’t work like the rest.  So, you know, and they have a saying there, that’s for us ‘That for us four is not enough, in America one is too much.’  They have a sense of humour, ‘we pay once, you pay for the rest of your life,’ they have these jokes, I don’t understand them, I don’t know why they say these things [loud laughter], but, you’re in trouble.  So he lays down, he’s asleep, and it says “Then Jael Heber’s wife took a nail of the tent,” one of these big 15-inch things, “and took an hammer, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples,” gives a whole new meaning to Pagan Temples, “and fastened it into the ground:  for he was fast asleep and weary.  So he died.” (verse 21)    Well that’s a foregone conclusion, you know, he’s sleeping, she’s probably humming him to sleep, ‘If I had a hammer, I’ll hammer him in the morning,’ and, this is probably ‘Walk softly and carry a big stake,’ from here.  It’s hard to just walk by this, you know, you look at it and think ‘Well, at least we know the last thing that went through his mind.’ [very loud laughter and clapping]  And she’s got, when I lived on the West Coast before I moved back, I was framing and joucing, I still have my worm-drive, skill-saw, still have my rigging ax, and they used to have these posters where you have this guy with this great big right arm, great big biceps, holding a rigging ax, and in his little withered left arm he’s holding a nail, so you can imagine her, she did this all the time, she took that tent stake and in one swing she drove that baby right through his head right into the ground.  She’s quite a woman [laughter].  “And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest.  And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.  So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.  And the hand of the children of Israel prospered, and prevailed against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.” (verses 22-24)  So, there’s a picture here, look, obviously we’re to learn something from it.  And it isn’t, we’re Christians, so somebody whose evil, somebody that would hurt us [I know a few of those, women mostly], we can’t invite them in and give them a big dinner and tell them to take a nap and drive a tent stake through their head, that’s not the lesson before us 😊.  But there is a lesson here, what things do we allow in our tent that would bind us, as it were, with chains?  What things do we have in our tent, in our homes, that say to us ‘Don’t let anyone else know’?  You know, go to church, do the Christian thing, but don’t let anybody know there’s pornography here, don’t let anybody know there’s alcohol here [Calvary Chapels, having started out as a healing ministry, ministering to the drug and alcohol-crazed Hippies of the late 1960s, teach total abstinence from alcohol consumption, whereas the pastors do know the Bible allows the consumption of alcohol in “extreme moderation.”], don’t let anybody know there’s substance [drugs] here, these things are here that bind us with chains.  And the thing is, you know, for you and I, that’s the question, what defeated an oppressor that’s in our tent, that would still bind us?  This Sisera, this binder with chains, was defeated, and she knew that.  And she had to stand, she had to stand up in her home, in her family, no doubt against her husband’s wishes who wanted to be friends with Jabin and thought ‘This is the smartest thing for us to do, we’ll never be safer than being friends with this guy,’ she couldn’t stand it anymore.  Jael had watched, Jael resonated with the True and Living God, we’re going to find as we come to the end of the Song of Deborah, it says it was typical for Jabin and his army to take the young girls in Israel for themselves, one or two for every man, grabbing the daughters of Israel.  And Jael no doubt had watched the abuse, watched the slaughter, and there was something in her that despised, and there needs to be something in us that has had enough, that despises those things that would bind us.  They’re defeated, Christ is more than a conqueror.  Greater is he that is in you than is in the world.  What do we allow in our tent and what tells us in our tent ‘Don’t tell anybody I’m here’?  The truth is, when we let those things go on, it’s never static, it’s never neutral, it has an effect.  There are some things in our tents that we need to be nailed down--aren’t there?  There are some things in our tents that need to be nailed down, certainly that’s the lesson.  And sometimes when a man won’t stand up to do it, ladies.  I don’t want to hear anything on the news tomorrow, but sometimes there needs to be a Deborah, when the guys are not standing up, that’s hearing the Spirit of the Lord, that’s respected, and hearkened to.  I think Deborah sat under that tree there by Shechem, I think her kids came with their friends, I bet they said ‘Your mom is really cool, she is really cool, we like to go because she talks to us about God, she is really cool.’  Because they didn’t have, you know, MTV, or they didn’t have videos, they didn’t have the internet, they didn’t have MySpace or Facebook or anything, so they went to hang out with Deborah, their friend’s mom, ‘She’s really cool.’  Jael, what a woman she must have been, nailing these things down.  Now, here’s the Song. 

 

Judges 5:1-31

 

“Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying, 2 Praises ye the LORD for the avenging of  Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves. 3 Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the LORD God of Israel. 4 LORD, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water. 5 The mountains melted from before the LORD, even that Sinai from before the LORD God of Israel. 6 In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways. 7 The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel. 8 They chose new gods; then was war in the gates:  was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel? 9 My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people.  Bless ye the LORD. 10 Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the way. 11. They that are delivered from the noise of archers in the places of drawing water, there shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the LORD, even the righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his villages in Israel:  then shall the people of the LORD go down to the gates. 12 Awake, awake, Deborah:  awake, awake, utter a song:  arise, Barak, and lead captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam. 13 Then he made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the people:  the LORD made me have dominion over the mighty. 14 Out of Ephraim was there a root of them against Amalek; after thee, Benjamin, among thy people; out of Machir came down governors, and out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer. 15 And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; even Issachar, and also Barak:  he was sent on foot into the valley.  For the divisions of Reuben there were great thoughts of heart. 16 Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flock?  For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart. 17 Gilead abode beyond Jordan:  and why did Dan remain in ships?  Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches. 18 Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field. 19 The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money. 20 They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera. 21 The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon.  O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength. 22 Then were the horsehoofs broken by the means of the pransings, the pransings of their mighty ones. 23 Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty. 24 Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent. 25 He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish. 26 She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workman’s hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples. 27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down:  at her feet he bowed, he fell:  where he bowed, there he fell down dead. 28 The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots? 29 Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned to answer herself, 30 Have they not sped? Have they not divided the prey; to every man a damsel or two; to Sisera a prey of divers colours, a prey of divers colours of needlework on both sides, meet for the necks of them that take the spoil? 31 So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might.  And the land had rest forty years.”

 

The Song of Deborah

 

“Now, here’s the song that this woman who is a prophetess, a judge, a military commander, a Psalmist, here’s this song that the Spirit of the LORD puts in her heart, it says, “Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying, Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.” (verses 1-2) the avenging of Israel took place when people willingly offered themselves.  That’s New Testament, “I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God” Romans 12, “that you present yourself a living sacrifice, be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove” it means “prove out to completion,” “what is the good, perfect, acceptable will of God for you.”  It says that there was victory when ‘they willingly offered themselves to the LORD.’  And it was against great odds, and they hadn’t read the chapter, and they had to do it in faith.  [a thought just came to my mind, ‘Miracles don’t produce faith, they come after faith.’]  You haven’t read your chapters and I haven’t read mine, what might happen?  “Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel.  LORD, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water.  The mountains melted from before the LORD, even that Sinai from before the LORD God of Israel.” (verses 3-5) tracking the 40-year wanderings and how God went before them, and so forth.  Then she says “In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways.” (verse 6) it was so dangerous it was anarchy, you couldn’t travel on the streets, and the travellers walked through the byways, on the mountain paths where they could hide as they travelled.  The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.” (verse 7) that is phenomenal, we need to rise up sometimes.  She arose.  Now it reminds me of David, as he’s signing off at the end of 2nd Samuel, he doesn’t say ‘This is the end of my life, David, the King of Israel, and it will be after my throne that the Messiah will come,’ he doesn’t say ‘David, the giant-killer of Israel,’ he says ‘David, the sweet psalmist of Israel.’  What was closest to his heart, this is a man that always wished he could have been a priest, to stand in the temples of the LORD and worship, the sweet Psalmist of Israel.  ‘He shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, even the morning without clouds, the clear shining after the rain,’ he describes the Kingdom of the Messiah, that was his heart, to be the sweet Psalmist of Israel.  And this woman says, ‘a mother.’  Now look, it is “a mother in Israel.”  It doesn’t say a mother of what, certainly she was a mother to Israel as it were.  But she also was a mother, it seems, of her own children in Israel, and was fed up with what she was seeing going on.  Mother’s need to be fed up, with what they see going on that would destroy their children and take them away.  And the interesting thing here, I dig these things up, I have this great commentary from several hundred years ago.  And he goes to Jacob and his family when they return from Padam Aram, and they come, and after the slaughtering at Shechem, and God told Jacob ‘Arise and go up to Bethel, and dwell there,’ and so forth.  And Jacob says to his family, his household, ‘Put away your strange gods from among you, be clean, change your garments, arise, let’s go to Bethel and I’ll make there an altar unto the LORD God,’ and Jacob comes there and it tells us that he’s there between Bethel and the area of Ramah, Jacob came there to Bethel, and he built an altar and called it El Bethel because God appeared unto him there when he fled from the face of his brother (Genesis 35:1-7), and just it throws in there, very strange, “But, Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel, under an oak, and the name of it was called Ellon-bachuth.” (Genesis 35:8) another Deborah.  This Deborah was from Padam-Aram, Eleazar goes there on behalf of Abraham to get a bride for Isaac, and when Rebekah is sent back, her handmaid, Deborah, her nurse, her servant is sent with her to come back.  And Deborah watches all the children of Israel born, all of the tribes, she knew all the heads of the tribes.  And by this time, it seems Rebekah is gone, Jacob, his children are grown, she has to be 80, 90 years old, and she has been endeared to the family, she’s not treated like a servant, they honour her in her death, and she was in many ways “a mother to Israel.”  She was a mother and she watched each of those men, Reuben and Gad, Simeon, Naphtali, Joseph, Judah, she watched them grow up, and they were all adults now, and she had cared for them and they loved her.  And now these many centuries later her namesake  Deborah, not under a terabinth, but under a palm in the same valley by Bethel, she takes her station.  You see, I can say to you tonight, ‘Hey, look at Deborah, look at Jael, now here’s an example for us.’  ‘Now, ok Joe, we just thought he was kind of weird tonight, wish I hadn’t brought my aunt, I brought her tonight, told her about church, he was talking about driving nails through people’s heads,’ no, no, no, no, calm down.  I’m saying, what we’re seeing here can be an example for us.  And maybe you don’t think so.  Here’s a Deborah, hundreds of years later (maybe 500, 600 years later), who parks herself in the same valley under a tree.  The palm is swinging above her head, the terabinth over her namesake.  And she’s thinking about Reuben, and Gad, and Simeon and Naphtali and Zebulun, and she is both a mother in Israel and a mother of Israel.  And she has taken the lesson from another woman hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of years before that and applied it to her own heart, and it resonated there, and God watered it, and he brought it to fruition.  And the lives of the men and women that were recorded in the Bible and preserved for thousands of years and held before us are there for you and I to take hold of.  For you and I to see them rise off the page, our lives.  And this woman, who could have said, ‘And I arose, Deborah, even a prophetess in Israel, even a judge in Israel, even a military commander in Israel, even a psalmist in Israel,’ there was no one like her before or after, she said ‘And then I, Deborah,’ and I believe she’s saying this astounded, ‘I, Deborah, arose, that I arose a mother in Israel,’ I bet Golda Meir loved this one, she was a mother in Israel, and how important her life was to the nation.  And God cared about her, by the way, she had an enlightening spiritual experience before she passed on, Golda Meir.  ‘Even I, Deborah, sitting in the same valley under a tree, a mother in Israel.’ 

 

“Was There A Shield Or Spear Seen Among Forty Thousand In Israel?”

 

She says, “They chose new gods; then was war in the gates:  was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?  My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered  themselves willingly among the people.  Bless ye the LORD.  Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.” “white asses” that was a sign that they were dignitaries, they would come, the governors in Israel, They that are delivered from the noise of the archers in the places of drawing water,” they were being ambushed where they had wells and so forth, “there shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the LORD, even the righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his villages in Israel:  then shall the people of the LORD go down to the gates.  Awake, awake, Deborah:  awake, awake, utter a song:  arise, Barak, and lead captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam.  Then he made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the people:  the LORD made me have dominion over the mighty.  Out of Ephraim was there a root of them against Amalek; after thee, Benjamin, among thy people; out of Machir came down governors, and out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer.” there were those who came that wanted to fight, that handled the pen, that wanted to put their hand to the sword even though they didn’t have weapons, “And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; even Issachar, and also Barak:  he was sent on foot into the valley.  For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.  Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks?  For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.” it says Reuben had great thoughts, resonated with things, Reuben heard, but they didn’t move, they stayed there, they abode among the flocks, “Gilead abode beyond Jordan:  and why did Dan remain in ships? [Dan, the Danites, some of them would later become the Sword Danes, Danish Vikings, some of these descriptions are also prophetic about the type of nations they would become]  “Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches.” (verses 8-17) not everybody responded, not everybody is going to respond, not everybody is going to say ‘Lord, here I am, Lord I can’t take it anymore,’ not everybody is going to say ‘You know, I’m ready.’  ‘I see some of these characters that you put before us in Scripture Lord, I resonate here Lord, let me stand up, show me what to do, how can I serve you today?  I’m just a mother in Israel, show me what I can do?’  And it says they didn’t all respond. 

 

A Supernatural Victory

 

“Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.  The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money.” (verses 18-19)  Now it tells us why, here’s how the battle went.  “They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.  The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon.  O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.  Then were the horsehoofs broken by the means of the pransings, the pransings of their mighty ones.” (verses 18-22) King James “of the pransings,” it’s “of their plungings,” is the Hebrew word, their plunging, “the plunging of their mighty ones,” the idea is they got stuck in the mud, they got bogged down.  Again, Josephus told us that the hail and the rain came so hard in their faces that they couldn’t see to shoot a bow, and of course it would be at the back of the children of Israel, who also had the mountain behind them.  That God delivered them, as he said he would.  Then this, “Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.” (verse 23)  now I don’t know who that is “Meroz” or exactly what it is, I’m just glad I’m not that.  Meroz, whatever you want.  How important the cause of Christ is in the day that we live, how the troops seem to be sometimes, what strange ideas are replacing the Truth of the Cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, what politically correct nonsensical, powerless, friendly, nice ideas are being driven into the center of the Church instead of sin and blood and the cross and the resurrection.  [Comment:  right now, 12 years after Pastor Joe preached this,  political tribalism has crept into many if not most Christian churches, especially the evangelical ones, where political preferences and stances are more important than getting the Gospel of Jesus Christ out to the world, our central job, as Pastor Joe says here.  This tribalism is dividing very churches and longtime Christian friendships asunder.  This is the latest and greatest attack of Satan against the Body of Christ, where it’s of greater importance about who you supported in the last presidential election than promoting the Gospel to all people of all political persuasions.  And those within the greater Body of Christ have been very slow to wake up to this attack.]

 

“Blessed Above Women Shall Jael The Wife Of Heber The Kenite Be”

 

Now, “Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent.” you don’t want to argue with that point, if you get my drift. “He asked” Sisera “water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.  She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workman’s hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.” (verses 24-26) Now King James, I don’t know, it says here “she smote off his head,” it literally, the Hebrew says “she crushed his head, when she had pierced and”  literally “shattered through his temples.”  So, man this woman could swing that hammer, I’m telling you, just.  She shouldn’t have lived in a tent, she should have gotten some timber and let her frame up a house.  It literally says that “she crushed his head when she had pierced and shattered through his temples.”  I think the hammer went in there too.  “At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down:  at her feet he bowed, he fell:  where he bowed, there he fell down dead.” (verse 27) “dead” Hebrew “destroyed” he was devastated by this woman who stood up to him.  The end of the song from Deborah, now, “The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?” you know what goes around comes around, here’s Deborah singing this song, a mother in Israel, a mother of Israel, and she knows well now the languishing of Sisera’s mother.  But Sisera had been so cruel and so unjust, and now it’s her turn, now to cry, where it’s her son.  “Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned to answer herself, Have they not sped? Have they not divided the prey;” notice, “to every man a damsel” a young girl, or two;” they would take the young daughters of Israeli mothers, kill the families and take these young girls to themselves, and now it’s come back, they considered these young teenage girls of Israel prey, spoil, “to Sisera a prey of divers colours, a prey of divers colours of needlework, of divers colours of needlework on both sides, meet for the necks of them that take the spoil?” (verses 29-30) and she ends the song with this, “So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD:  but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might.  And the land had rest forty years.” (verse 31)  and by the way, that edict has not changed, that will take place in the not distant future.  “but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might.” Let them bring light, to another day, bringing in a new day, certainly that will happen.  [I think of how we who love him, Jesus, we’ll be like Jesus as John said in 1st John 3:1-2, and what does Jesus look like now?  Revelation 1:13-18, he shineth as the sun in its strength, as John said we who love him will shine at his appearing.]  “and the land had rest forty years.”  We’ve been from Othniel to Deborah, through 206 years of the history of these judges [1406BC – 206 = 1200BC is where we’re at right now].  Read ahead, we come now to Gideon.  Gideon gets more print than anyone in the Book of Judges, Samson gets the next largest amount of print after that.  Gideon, no doubt, if the Lord tarries, we’ll be there for several weeks.  Ah, tonight, we’ll have the musicians come, we’ll sing a last song.  I would just say, hey, are there things in your tent that need to be nailed down?  And moms, maybe it’s time for you to stand up and do it, and make a decision.  Maybe there’s some hero or heroin in Scripture that you have resonated with, looked to, and you think ‘What can I ever do?  Here was a Deborah hundreds of years later in the same valley under her tree, listening to the voice of the LORD, and God spoke to her, and she changed the course of the nation.  Who knows?  I’m telling you, some of the things we hear, here are just incredible, some of the people from our church, individuals that have access to people of great influence, and God has put them in their lives, and you think ‘you just never know, you never know what the Lord might do, never know.’  Now we’re praying that we have a Deborah, a Jael, in the White House, the President’s step-mother we’re hearing is a godly woman [that would have been Barak Obama’s step-mother, this sermon being given in 2009], we’re hoping that we have someone there that’s gonna nail down some things on behalf of her granddaughters, have a standard there and a testimony and a light, how wonderful, it would be wonderful.  Let’s stand, let’s pray, let’s sing a last song together, if you’re here tonight and you don’t know Christ, I never know, sometimes we have a great study about the cross, the new birth, and nobody responds, sometimes we spend a whole night talking about dietary laws and people come forward to get saved, so I don’t know if somebody drove a nail into your head when you were younger, and you’re thinking ‘This study’s for me,’ or you spend your life under a tree, but look, if God is ministering to your heart tonight, and you’re thinking ‘I don’t know this guy, but I know that I need to be saved, I know that I need to be forgiven, there’s things in my life that need to be nailed down, they’ve got me bound with chains, and I’m empty and helpless and powerless against them, and I need this God that worked in these chapters to set me free,’ then you come…[transcript of a connective expository sermon on Judges 4:1-24 and Judges 5:1-31, given by Pastor Joe Focht, Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia, 13500 Philmont Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19116]

 

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