WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10
Scripture: Judges 4, Judges 5
Judges 4 and 5 offer another perfect picture in the life of Israel as they forfeit righteousness and do evil causing God to raise up an enemy, Jaben, the king of Canaan who oppressed Israel. But after a while, the Israelites cried out and God called Deborah to be a judge in Israel. She prophesied to Barak to go fight against Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, but Barak he would not go by himself and demanded that Deborah go with him, which she agreed to do. Israel defeated Sisera and he fled into a tent and, in his sleep, a woman drove a tent peg into his temple. There is an interesting statement in Judges 5:7-9 about what life was like until Deborah answered the call and said yes to the judicial anointing. It says, “Village life ceased, it ceased in Israel, Until I, Deborah, arose, Arose a mother in Israel. They chose new gods; Then there was war in the gates; Not a shield or spear was seen among forty thousand in Israel. My heart is with the rulers of Israel Who offered themselves willingly with the people. Bless the Lord!” Deborah rallied the nation to throw off the shackles of Jaben and Sisera and help Israel regain their independence and freedom. But after forty years, Israel sinned again and they were back in captivity. The anointing of the judges is the anointing to do judgment. God freely and willingly gave it. Jesus bought and paid for that anointing for us and we can walk in it today. The question is, will we?