Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and ten thousand warriors went up behind him; and Deborah went up with him.
Now Heber the Kenite had separated from the other Kenites, that is, the descendants of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, and had encamped as far away as Elon-bezaanannim, which is near Kedesh.
Devotion by Julia Shiver
I wasn't sure how to use this piece of scripture for a devotion. Not very meditative or inspiring, is it?! So I read all of Judges 4 and found something not often seen in the Bible - two strong women. Deborah was a prophet and a judge. She was an equal among the men of her time. In fact, Barak wouldn't go to war without her, even with ten thousand warriors at his back.
They defeated their enemy, but the other leader, Sisera, fled. He sought refuge in a neighbor’s tent. But the neighbor's wife, Jael, lulled him into a false sense of security and killed him.
Now, I am not saying that any of this was just, moral, or of God. I merely want to point to two women of the Old Testament who were called by name, not considered prostitutes, and who each served God in her own way. I wonder how many other stories of proud, courageous women have been left out of the Bible?
As I write this, my family is celebrating the 80th birthday of my mother. She is retired from both teaching and the ministry. Her story of strength and courage belongs with the other stories of Godly women throughout history.
I give thanks today for my wonderful mother, and for all the strong, courageous women of God you have placed in my life. I can serve you because of the path they have shown me. Amen.