Here’s a surprising turn in the Bible. Until now, just about all the leaders of God’s people were men.
Wonderful women are celebrated, but they are usually the wives of leaders. Today’s reading introduces
Deborah, one of the early Judges. She and the other judges are a combination of Supreme Court Justices,
Generals in the army, law-makers and teachers. What a big job they have! Now God calls a woman. She
must have been very special, since God’s people weren’t used to listening to women take the lead in their
I like the picture of the palm tree where Deborah teaches and leads the people. This is where
Deborah found the peace and serenity to offer God’s response to people when disputes arose, such as how to
deal with God’s enemies. I’m reminded of John the Baptist by the quiet of the Jordan River where people
were washed and made clean for God.
Find a quiet place where you can listen to God speak words of love and wisdom.
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The palm tree with Deborah v. 5
You bring justice in all things
The battle belongs to You
You making a way for me
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