Deborah was the wife of Lapidoth and little else about her personal life is mentioned in the biblical account of her life; including no details of her marriage other than the name of her husband and no mention if there were any children. The biblical account speaks most of all about her duty as a judge and prophet in ancient biblical times of the Old Testament.
The leadership and foresight of Deborah helped to purchase Israel forty years of peace after having been held captive by cruel leadership for many years. Deborah led the people with a cool head determined to carry out her judgeship in a manner pleasing to God. In her reign there were no scandals or personal failures pointed out or recorded in the Bible. This leads many Bible scholars to venture or speculate with few details that she lived her life above the reproach of mankind; aligned according to God’s statutes.
Deborah, called by God into a leadership position, led the nation of Israel into war and on to precise victory. Deborah summoned a competent military leader named Barak to lead the Israeli army into war with the purpose of delivering the people from their many years of bondage.
Deborah had a far reaching influence in her role as a judge. She was responsible for leading the people, settling disputes, handing over verdicts and edicts, and was sought out for her wise decisions as Deborah was led by the Spirit of God. Deborah spoke of God and honored Him before the people. There is no doubt that God had a hand in her decision making and leadership capabilities; especially in waging war against king of Canaan to secure the release of the Jewish people held captive by this cruel leader.
God had given a huge victory to Deborah and her military leader Barak who had completely destroyed this evil ringleader’s reign of terror over the Jewish people. All the people saw fit to celebrate and sing praises of joy along with Deborah and Barak in this victory for God’s people.
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Both Deborah and Barak worked together with God’s hand to secure a momentous victory in a time when the Jews were held captive facing many troubles and tribulation at the hands of a harsh ruler.
God does not hesitate to use available women in important leadership positions in this world including political offices, business careers, high ranking military, or judicial leadership positions. There are many women who have been instrumental in planning and strategy, strategic military or political endeavors, or serving in various careers and leadership positions in numerous areas around the globe.
God’s perfect will calls for women to be in a healthy vibrant relationship with God foremost, a help-meet to her husband, fulfilling the call to be “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth…” Genesis 1:28.
God enjoins or commands married couples, consisting of a man and women, to produce offspring as they serve Him in a godly marriage relationship upon this earth. Certainly there is a godly balance in fulfilling Gods commandments and expectations which include fulfilling marriage vows, being a help-meet and living in submission to God and secondly your spouse, along with raising offspring in a god centered family environment, and some women additionally choose to launch into a career field as they sojourn in this world.
Women today are often relatively successful in meeting God’s permissive will rather than coming close to meeting higher marks towards fulfilling His perfect will this side of heaven. Not one women has come close to fulfilling all God commanded of them since Eve, followed by Adam, ate of the apple in the Garden of Eden opening the door to sin and darkness taking root in mankind naturally inherent upon physical birth.
A rational person could venture a woman of this early biblical era certainly would of had a tough time balancing her personal relationship with God, her life with her husband, and her judgeship position in a godly manner. Some have even ventured that perhaps her husband was deceased for it is unlikely that any women could break through so successfully in a position of judge; making such an impact and influence in the legal arena especially in ancient biblical times. It could have happened then just as it does now as we know nothing is impossible with God whom Deborah did purposely serve, acknowledge, and praise mightily as indicated in scripture verses in various aspects of her high profile life. Deborah certainly came through helping to secure freedom for the desperate Jewish people held in captivity for many years and God certainly was pleased with the wonderful outcome for His own people!
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