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Deborah helped turn the nation of Israel toward God after 20 years of oppression.
Imagine God used a woman to lead an army into battle and a nation to victory.
Those who think God can’t use women to lead need to read the story of Deborah. The real question is not can God use women to lead but why hasn’t God used more women?
Didn’t God use Deborah?
Didn’t God use Esther to save her nation?
Didn’t Jesus use the Samaritan woman at the well to spread the good news?
Who were the first people to discover the resurrection of Jesus? Three women! Where were the men on that early Sunday morning?
Sleeping?Deborah was a military leader who commanded General Barak and told him God’s plan for battle. She picked the mountain they would be on to fight the enemy. The enemy had 900 chariots and fighting on a mountain would be a problem. Then Deborah waited for rain before launching the attack because the chariot wheels would be bogged down in mud.
A person who is in command is someone who can take control of a crisis, can make decisions in tough times and face the odds with confidence. They are capable of rising to the occasion when others would run.
Jesus is the ultimate in command.
Deborah commanded an army Jesus commands the greatest army in the world - the church.
Watch Jesus as He commands the forces of nature. He commanded servants to fill water jugs with water and then commanded that water to become wine.
Jesus commanded a blind man to open his eyes and a lame man to pick up his bed and walk.
The laws of nature are no problem for Jesus.
He commanded a leper to be clean and demons to come out of a man.
God commanded His light to shine out of darkness. We are clay vessels and broken clay vessels at that. God does not need our successes and achievements to do His work. He commands light to shine out of the broken and cracked places in our lives.
On the cross Jesus commanded His Father to “forgive them for they know not what they do.” He was talking to His Father. And what that meant is this: The wages of sin is death and that is what we deserved. But Jesus steps in and overrides the death sentence and offers us the gift of eternal life. Forgiveness is one of the most amazing things known to man.
Gravity does not forgive. Physics and chemistry do not forgive. God forgives. And then Jesus puts us under His command to forgive those who have offended us. Why? Because if we don’t forgive we allow the person who offended us to poison our soul and those toxins will cause us misery. We are commanded to forgive.
We are commanded to pray for the sick, be kind, and forgiving. He forgave us and now we are under His command to go and do likewise.
We deserved death but Jesus commands eternal life.
We deserved condemnation but Jesus commands pardon.
We deserved judgment but Jesus commands mercy.
“Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
“Come" is a command.
We are commanded to face our giants and bring them to their knees.
We are commanded to face our walls and bring them down.
We are commanded to walk through our valleys for He is with us.
We are under His command.
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