Israel went to Deborah for judgment

Judges Bible Background

Old Testament: Jdg 4.4–6

To read the Bible in a year, read Judges 3–5 on March 31, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Only one woman served as a judge of Israel. Why did the Lord use a woman in this instance in Israel, and why was she the only one? We may not know all the reasons, but He did use Deborah to do great things for Israel, although she did not fight as the other judges did in war:

Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging Israel at that time. And she would sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the mountains of Ephraim. And the children of Israel came up to her for judgment. Then she sent and called for Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, “Has not the LORD God of Israel commanded, ‘Go and deploy troops at Mount Tabor; take with you ten thousand men of the sons of Naphtali and of the sons of Zebulun…”

– Judges 4.4–6

She was both a prophetess and a judge, and she was the wife of Lapidoth. This gives us more information than it does of some of the other judges. Sometimes God provide details for a judge, and sometimes He did not say much at all. He has His own reasons for doing things, and we are wise to accept His ways.

Questions:

  • What did Deborah sit under when she was judging?
  • Who was the man she told to deploy troops?

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