Judges 4 – Deborah and Barak

The next Judge of Israel after Ehud is Deborah.  Yet she has a commander, Barak who defeats the enemy and yet another woman Jael will be the one who ultimately gets the honour for the victory.  In this first part of the message, we look at the faith of Barak, the rut of sin and true salvation.  Seeing the Israelites again fall into sin, God is merciful to bring the oppression that results in them calling out to him.  They are physically rescued and led to the Lord, but only for the period of time the judge is alive.  This points to the need for a saviour who can heal even sin and break the oppression & bondage of sin, not just the oppression of an enemy.