Deborah: An Outstanding Woman
“And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of
Lapidoth, she judged Israel
at that time” (Judg 4:4).
book of Judges, all the judges appointed by God were men. Deborah was the only
woman who became both prophetess and judge. Being a spiritual leader at that
time, she must have possessed some excellent qualities which are worthy of our
the people (Judg 4:5): Her ability to judge proves that she could discern
between good and bad. To do this she, like Moses, must have equipped herself
with the truth (Heb 5:14) and developed a high level of spirituality (Ex
praises to God (Judg 5:1): Being able to compose songs shows that Deborah was
full of talent. More valuable than her talent was her wisdom to use her talent
in composing and singing praises to God (Prov 9:10). We should strive to learn
the truth (Lk 10:42) and pursue wisdom (Jas 1:5) in order that we can discern
between right and wrong, good and evil (Phil 1:9-10; Col 1:9).
Barak (Judg 4:6-7): With the encouragement from
Deborah, Barak led the people into a victorious war with Jabin, the king of Canaan.
over Barak: If Barak were to be listed as one of the great heroes of faith (Heb
11:32), Deborah was a greater heroine. Barak had intended to withdraw, but with
the assurance from Deborah that God would be with him (Judg 4:8-9), he
eventually went ahead and accomplished a great task! This shows the unusual
strength of Deborah’s great faith which generated power (Mk 9:23).
power. Therefore women should imitate Deborah in encouraging their husbands so
that they may progress in zeal, strength and courage. Wives of preachers ought
to reinforce their husbands’ determination to fight in the frontline by
encouraging them and taking away their worries in order that they can battle
with added dedication and courage.
humble (Judg 5:12): Even after a victorious battle
and while composing and singing praises to God, Deborah reminded herself to be
alert. She was neither proud nor complacent for she truly understood that “God
opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (Jas 4:6)
glory to God (Judg 4:14; 5:3): Deborah gave all glory to God. She did not fight
personally in the battle at river Kishon probably because she did not want to
take over the leadership which should be Barak”s (Judg 4:14-15). If this was
so, she was indeed humble; keeping a low profile as a woman should and
accepting man’s authority over woman (1 Tim 2:10-11).
ought to be subject to the Lord and be submissive to their husbands in all
ways, even though their husbands may not be as good as they (Eph 5:24). This
was the adornment of the holy women of old (1 Pet 3:3-5).
deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised”
(Prov 31:30). Women have often been praised for the work they have done. The
women mentioned in the Bible should not, therefore, be forgotten. It is hoped
that our sisters will continue in Deborah’s footsteps and enhance their
virtues. While women must not be proud and dominate men, men on the other hand
must not despise women. Together they should exhort one another in fighting the