Judges 4:1-11, 5:1-123
Deborah Judge over Israel
One of the few female judges Deborah was used by God to save the Israelites from the Canaanites. Deborah is one of the most famous women of the Old Testament. She is remembered for her courage, wisdom and faith. Her song of victory in chapter five commemorates Israel’s victory and is believed to be one of the oldest poems in the Bible. In this song of Deborah, we are reminded of the mighty acts of God and are called to give Him thanks and praise.
Deborah remains a powerful example for us. She had a strong sense of discernment. She saw Israel’s plight knowing that Israel was walking away from the Lord. She made no excuses. She did not rationalize. She didn’t explain things away; rather she confronted Israel’s problems straight on. She believed in God and so her strength and courage was found in following God’s commands. In Lent, we examine our faith and rededicate ourselves in following Christ. Deborah stands as an example for us how we rely on God in every circumstance.
Lord Jesus Christ, giver and perfecter of our faith, we thank and praise You for continuing among us the preaching of Your Gospel for our instruction and edification. Send Your blessing upon the Word, which has been spoken to us, and by Your Holy Spirit increase our saving knowledge of You, that day by day we may be strengthened in the divine truth and remain steadfast In Your grace. Give us strength to fight the good fight and by faith to overcome all temptations of Satan, the flesh, and the world so that we may finally receive the salvation of our souls; for You live and reign with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Collect for the blessing on the Word, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis