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Deborah and Jael; Assignments Accomplished

***Article up-dated in order to reference scripture verses; originally posted 08/10/2014***

While reading through the book of Judges in the Old Testament, a rather unusual story can be found in the story of Deborah, and her ensuing song. (Judges 4 and 5)

The Lord elected a woman named Deborah to be the Judge of Israel. She was also a prophetess. In her song, during which she sings praises to the God of Israel…she describes herself first as a mother. This, to her, was her most important role.

***Jdg 5:7    The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

***Jdg 5:12    Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam. (Where else do we read this phrase about leading “captivity captive?”)

She goes on, in her song, to speak about the ultimate victory over the Canaanite army and over their commander, Sisera, while she praises God. (When she prophesied to Barak, who The Lord called out to lead Israel’s forces against the mighty Caananites…he told her that he WOULD lead the Jewish offensive, but only if Deborah would accompany him. He would not go alone.)

Deborah willingly accompanying Barak after telling him that the victory would be his, per her prophecy…but he also should know that the person to whom the glory would go for that victory would not be him. It would go to…a woman.

(In those days women were considered chattel. Less than second class citizens. And here we have a woman, Deborah, leading all of Israel..her position being set by God, as all our leaders are chosen.)

***Jdg 4:8    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.

As a result of his action, in asking Deborah to accompany him, or he would not follow God’s command….both understood that a second woman; also chosen by God, would ultimately bring down the great military leader (Sisera) who had been plaguing the Israelites for 20 years; and that this second woman would be on the receiving end of the accolades due a hero. Or rather…a heroine. Barak would win no acclaim for the victory, a victory which was guaranteed by The Lord Himself!)

***Jdg 4:9    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.

As the tale unfolds, we learn further that there is a member of the Kenite tribe (a desert tribe, of which Moses’ father-in-law was a member) who has set his tent up in an area apart from the rest of his people. This man is serving as a lookout for the Canaanites, and is keeping Sisera aware of the whereabouts of Barak and his men. His name is Heber.

***Jdg 4:11    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.

Israel and Canaan become engaged in battle. The Lord then steps in to win the conflict as He promised He would do, sending a massive rain storm. All the chariots and weaponry of the powerful army led by Sisera…become bogged down in the mud;

***Jdg 5:21    The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.

…and those troops are soundly trounced by Barak and his small army. Not only trounced, but each and every one of them is slain.

***Jdg 4:16    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.

***Jdg 5:20    They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.

All slain except for their leader, Sisera, who flees, running past the tent of Heber the Kenite.
A woman named Jael, the wife of Heber…stands at the door and invites this mud-covered Sisera inside.

***Jdg 4:17    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.
4:18    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.

When Sisera asked for water, she brought him…milk. Picture that milk being warmed for him. Doesn’t warm milk induce sleep? She drew a cover over him. Made him feel safe and warm. Made him comfortable. He fell asleep. (She was a picture of hospitality, which was so important in that desert community. She gave him more than he asked for. She was also following the Lord’s lead.)

***Jdg 5:25    He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.

At the moment he was sleeping soundly …she put her able hands on a tent peg, took a hammer, and applied each in the proper sequence to the proper body part; killing him; driving the peg through his skull. (Note that she used no special tools…no special weaponry. She used the objects with which she was familiar, for the women of that time were responsible for erecting the tents when the tribe moved from place to place. She was adept at placing tent pegs where they needed to go.)

***Jdg 5:26    She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen’s hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.

Then, when Barak came by, searching for Sisera, Jael called him into her tent, and showed him the slain body of Israel’s arch enemy. Dead on the ground.
At the hands of… a woman.

***Jdg 4:22    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.

Deborah’s prophecy was fulfilled.

As a result of this episode….Jael was called “blessed above women. Blessed shall she be above women of the tent.”

***Jdg 5:24    Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent.

Think about it. There is only one other woman in all of scripture who is called blessed. That woman was Mary, the mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Deborah…who was first a mother, was also a prophetess and a Judge of all Israel; the woman in charge of her country. The one to whom all came in order to resolve problems. The leader of the Nation Israel.
Jael: probably a mother; unknown to the world at large, residing humbly in a tent.
A woman whose life was spent in the background, as compared to Deborah’s life. Carrying out her day to day duties in relative obscurity.
Yet, ultimately called blessed above women of the tent! By the Holy Ghost, through the pen of the author of the book of Judges.

Do you think that because you are at home, caring for your family, doing the daily, endless tasks that are required of one who is managing the home front…that you may not be called to do great things for our Lord and Savior?

In this age we are told that a woman must subjugate herself to a man. But the bible says that a woman…a wife…must submit herself to her husband. It does not say that women as a whole are inferior to men. In this very example, a woman is chosen to carry out God’s will.

Jael knew exactly what she needed to do, in order to carry out God’s plan for her. And for Israel. All for God’s glory, in the end. Those were far different times, for the battle then was physical, obvious and earthly.

In this dispensation, the battle is unseen, invisible, spiritual and heavenly. But do not think that you cannot be called to carry out a role not usually assigned to women; something not usually a “woman’s thing” per the world’s definition.

We are not privy to knowing HIS plan for us, or for the world, except for what the Holy Spirit reveals to us via the scriptures. Never fall for the messages that you can only “count” for something if you are out there in the world, away from your family…making a “name” in some sort of business venture. That is the voice of “you-know-who” calling to you. The one who is currently ruling the world! Satan himself.

Deborah was a prominent ruler in those days, per the Lord’s election. Think of her description of herself. That she was first, a mother. A “working” mom. Yet, in her case…called out to fulfill her position of leadership by God Himself.

***Jdg 5:7    The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

Then..we have Jael. At home. Carrying out those daily sometimes grinding and thankless tasks.
A “stay-at-home” mom.

Her home was the place God sent the enemy so that she could vanquish him, Right IN her personal space…and then, when her brave task was completed, she was called “blessed above the women in the tents.” (Very brave as well, for she could only have one “shot” at carrying out the work she needed to do. If she had missed the mark, or if her heart and hand failed her, she would have been slain by her intended “victim.” If he lived, and did not kill her, her husband would have been required by the tribal laws to slay her…because there was a man other than her husband in her tent.)

What a huge lesson we read here…to “never discount the small things.” Never let go of the peace of God, which allows for a calm perspective in the midst of a crisis or an emergency. (Jael’s thoughts and actions were focused, precise: under control; powerful.)

Even if our entire life revolves around caring for our family and our home, this story reminds us to “be aware.” To know our surroundings…know what is happening around us. Know when things are amiss. Know..when action is required.

There may be a spiritual “Sisera” just around the corner, who will soon come into your tent. (Who is it that you listen to on radio, or watch on TV? You are inviting him into your “tent.”)
But God will empower you to properly rid yourself of him, for if he is harming you, he is also harming the body of Christ, of which you are a member.
The end result being the “riddance” of a “virtual” Sisera; to glorify God, and then, to strengthen the Body of Christ.

Never disregard the small things.

***Zec 4:10    For who hath despised the day of small things?

The small things. One’s home. One’s familiar tools. One moment in time.

Be strong in Christ. Stand firm. Be confident in His strength.

***Luk 16:10    He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

Remember…..

***Rom 15:4    For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

***Eph 2:10    For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Maranatha…

Louise Hudson…in His service.

~The following quotes were taken from an internet article…

***””The story of Deborah and Jael is important in the Bible because it teaches us that God delivers His people when they call on Him and that God is not opposed to using women to lead. So maybe we shouldn’t worry too much about what other people will say; instead, we should seek to know God and to obey His directions–even if they seem to be contrary to expectations and cultural norms.”

“While Mary was unquestionably blessed among women, as already stated, Scripture does not say she was blessed above women. Furthermore, she being blessed in this manner is not unique to her alone. Jael is described in a similar fashion.

Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent. (Judg 5:24, KJV)”***

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Israel

IJohn 4:22 (KJV)

****22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.****

In light of the serious situation in Israel this day…..please….”pray for the peace of Jerusalem!”
Bible prophecy tells us that the worse is yet to come for God’s earthly people, not only now, but also after the soon-coming Rapture…followed by the 7 year Tribulation….the “time of Jacob’s trouble.”

We, who believe Paul’s gospel (1 Corinthians 15: 1-4) that Jesus Christ is the Son of God….born of a virgin…dying on the cross for all sinners…descending into hell, and on the third day was resurrected by the Power of God…(That Jesus, now sitting at the right hand of God, interceding for us against the complaints of the adversary)… We, are indebted to the Jewish people. For right now their eyes of understanding are darkened: they, as a Nation do not know God… which allows us to be brought into the Lord’s heavenly family while they are lo-Ammi. Placed on the “back burner” during this Age of the “Church, the body of Christ.”
Never once forgetting that our Jesus Christ was a Jew in His earthly incarnation, we must remember that we have been adopted by His Father. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We have a kinship with believing Israel.
But soon…God will once again focus on His earthly people, and unleash His wrath upon them as they are purified by the fire that is just around the corner. Only a remnant will survive. The scriptures tell us what lies ahead for them, as well as for the rest of the world, after we are “taken up.”
In the meantime… We are told that The Lord will “bless those who bless” the Jews…and “curse those who curse” them.
Please keep them in your prayers now and forever more.
Our God….was and is…their God! They need our prayers more than ever right now, and every day moving forward.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

*****”Ps 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”*****

*****”Gen 12: 1Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”*****

Please pray also for those who are fellows in Christ…members of His Body…who are living through the terror in their land. We need to ask The Lord to comfort them, in their travail. And please ask that we soon will meet each other in the air.
Soon, Dear Lord. It is getting darker here.

Maranatha…

Louise Hudson

“For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.” Romans 11:25

The River Jordan

When reading the Old Testament, have you ever thought about the fact that…the words written are but a shadow of the New Testament?

“In the Old Testament concealed….in the New Testament revealed.”
While listening to a preacher speaking about the River Jordan, (Jordan means “descender” in Hebrew) he mentioned that the River itself mirrors the life of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It also speaks of the Triune God whom we worship.

Now, you might have made that connection, through the Holy Spirit’s guidance. (But for this writer, it is a new discovery. A wonderful moment, as the portent of those words sunk in, and still sink in.)

Mount Hermon. The Northern limit of Israel’s land as given them by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The same God that we who believe…worship today. The mountain that Jesus and His disciples climbed; where they stayed overnight, climbing up from Caesarea Phillipi at its base. As such, the probable place of the Transfiguration. A mountain that could be seen from any place in Israel.

In the extra biblical books of Enoch and Jubilee…the fallen angels who “mingled” their seed with earthly women…producing the Nephilim…(the ones who taught humans all about wizardry and astrology with a “y” on the end of it)…came down upon this mountain, as well. It seems that different “sides” of that mountain were occupied by these “leavenly indoctrinators” of the human race.

(Isn’t it surprising…that Satan would choose the very same mountain to create evil…to house his evil “watchers…” that Jesus chose for good? Do you suppose he was trying to tarnish Jesus’ miracle on that same mountain, years later? Hmmm.)

In any case…the four springs which feed this River begin at the top of Mt. Hermon. (Four, biblically speaking, is the number of the day that the material world was completed in Genesis. It signifies earthly completeness. There were 4 rivers flowing out of Paradise. Jesus’ genealogy stems from Judah..the fourth tribe.)

These springs run into three major rivers which then form the Jordan River. Three rivers. Symbolic of our Triune God. The waters that wash us in His Word…clean us…are visible in the very beginnings of the Jordan River.

John the Baptist did his work of conversions…at the Jordan River. (Salvation, in his time, before the resurrection…depended upon repentance and baptism.) Those waters cleansed the new believer. Jesus was Himself baptized here…in order to fulfill the prophecies of old.
Elijah ascended to heaven from the side of the Jordan River. (2 Kings 2: 2-14) Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan…into the Promised Land. Two more shadows of our Lord.

The River continues on, into marshy land. Sometimes impenetrable land. The young years of our Lord are not described in the Bible. They are, as a whole…hidden from our view. It continues down through a rocky gorge, before entering Galilee. Our Lord had a difficult childhood. He was the brunt of drunkards’ songs and insults. His family did not recognize Him for who He was. He was scorned. He was considered “illegitimate.” Truly…a rocky time in a young life.
Then…the river flows into the Galilee. Where Jesus spent most of His ministry.

The Jordan then drains into the…Dead Sea. The lowest place on earth. Symbolic of His death and three day descension into “hell.” The place of the dead. And prior to the resurrection…the place of all who had died. Even those who died in faith. (In separate quarters, of course.) What happens to that water now emptying into the Dead Sea? It evaporates, and ascends into clouds…raining down when the atmosphere is just right for it to do so…thus re-hydrating the earth.

Our Lord…rose into heaven. From the lowest place…to the highest place from which He now looks down upon us, seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty…interceding for us…in-dwelling us through the third person of the Triune God…the Holy Ghost. From where our blessings flow. Our cleansing waters. The waters that make us presentable to The Father. The waters which are given to us in…the Word of God. Given to us through His book…the Holy Bible.

There is no way that this writer can note all the shadows that this River…this waterway of scripture…reveals to us, through the the living word of the living God. How everything written in this Book…points to The Lord Jesus Christ. The River Jordan. Mount Hermon. Mount…Zion.

Open your Bible, asking God to grant you the honor of the Spirit’s guidance and edification. Ask to have HIM fill you.

Read a chapter. Sit back and let the words sink in. They will not be understood at first glance. It is a…”digesting” process. Based on your own, personal “metabolism!” Determined by the Spirit…our “thyroid”…representative.

Remember to say “grace” before partaking…it is the best meal you will ever, ever dine upon.

Maranatha…

Louise Hudson…in His Service.

(Below are several verses listed, of many available…which contain references pertaining to the above article.)

Genesis 13:10 “Lot looked about him, and saw that the plain of the Jordan was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord”

Deuteronomy 4:48 From Aroer, which [is] by the bank of the river Arnon, even unto mount Sion..which is Mt. Hermon….”

Joshua 12:1 Now these [are] the kings of the land, which the children of Israel smote, and possessed their land on the other side Jordan toward the rising of the sun, from the river Arnon unto mount Hermon, and all the plain on the east:

Psalms 133:3 As the dew of Hermon, [and as the dew] that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, [even] life for evermore.

John 1:32-34 And John (the Baptist) testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

(The three persons of the Trinity are described here…God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit!)

Song of Solomon 4:8 Come with me from Lebanon, [my] spouse, with me from Lebanon: look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions’ dens, from the mountains of the leopards.

Genesis 32:22-28 Joshua 3:15-17