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Judges 5 – 6

Judges 5

The victory song of Deborah and Barak praising God for the victory

Judges 5:1 Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying, 5:2 Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.

5:3 Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel.

This song picturing God’s deliverance of physical Israel from Jabin and Sisera is an allegory of the coming of Christ to open the graves of the overcomers and to establish his kingdom over all the earth. When Christ comes with his chosen elect, the earth and its mountains shall SHAKE [this has the meaning of both the physical earth and its governments large and small] at the presence of the Deliverer and God’s Spirit will be poured out as rain on the earth (Joel 2:28).

5:4 LORD, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water. 5:5 The mountains melted from before the LORD, even that Sinai from before the LORD God of Israel.

Deborah then speaks of the days of the lordship of the Canaanite Jabin over Israel. Symbolic of sin controlling the brethren. 

Judges 3:31 And after him [Ehud] was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also delivered Israel.

Judges 5:6 In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways [travelers could not use the main roads and took back roads and trails] . 5:7 The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

Deborah then rebukes Israel for their sin against God and God’s Word. When Israel turned away from zeal to live by every Word of God to follow their idols of men; the Eternal brought then low and humbled them; and when they repented he delivered them.  God will do the same with today’s spiritual Ekklesia

This was a cyclical history in Judges; for four hundred years the people rebelled against God and were corrected and repented and delivered, and then the next generation  went through the same process.

This has also been a cyclical process in the called out of spiritual Israel, as each generation must be tested for their loyalty and zeal for the Eternal and the whole Word of God.

5:8 They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?

Deborah longs for righteous judges [elders] in the land, who would offer themselves willingly to serve the Eternal and to teach zeal for the Word of God to all the brethren.

What man ordained the Judges?  No man; they were ordained directly by God and they judged and led at the direct calling of God, because the priests and Levites were not doing their jobs! 

The situation is the same in today’s Ekklesia where the elders are not doing their job of focusing all the brethren on living by every Word of God.

5:9 My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly [from] among the people. Bless ye the LORD.

Deborah calls on the judges, and leaders [elders and priests and Levites] of Israel to diligently teach teh people to live by every Word of the Great God.

5:10 Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.

Let every elder teach the great deeds and righteous acts of the Mighty One of Jacob; and turn the people back from their sins to embrace the Eternal and his Word in true sincere repentance.

Repent you elders and leaders and return to a zeal for God and the enthusiastic keeping of his Word; then do your jobs and teach the people a passionate uncompromising zeal for God and the learning and keeping of the whole Word of God.

5:11 They that are delivered from the noise of archers in the places of drawing water, there shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the LORD, even the righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his villages in Israel: then shall the people of the LORD go down to the gates.

In those days the elders and leaders sat at the gates to be easily found by the people.

At his coming Jesus Christ will lead captivity captive and deliver all humanity from bondage to Satan and sin.

It is time for the Barak’s and the Ehud’s and the Deborah’s; the Joshua’s and Daniel’s; to awake and arise and set the example of godliness and courage to take a stand for the Word of our God, and teach a passionate zeal for the whole Word of our Mighty God!

5:12 Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam.

The faithful and the zealous for the whole Word of God shall be given dominion over the assemblies of the called out in the Kingdom of God; so that they may teach the same zeal for the whole Word of God to all their brethren and to all of humanity!

5:13 Then he made him [the faithful to God] that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the people: the LORD made me have dominion over the mighty.

At that time there was a revival of righteousness in northern Israel, Barak then fought the Amalekites, and righteous governors were set up and the Word was copied as before by the scribes.

5:14 Out of Ephraim was there a root of them against Amalek; after thee, Benjamin, among thy people; out of Machir came down governors, and out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer.

Issachar was with Deborah who asks; why does Reuben remain among the sheep and not go up to destroy the enemy?

5:15 And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; even Issachar, and also Barak: he was sent on foot into the valley. For the divisions of Reuben [Reuben refused to help in the battle] there were great thoughts of heart. 5:16 Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.

Reuben remained beyond Jordan and Dan remained with his ships, Asher remained by the sea; it was Issachar, Zebulun and Naphtali who fought the oppressor.

5:17 Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches.

Alone in Israel, Issachar, Zebulun and Naphtali fought the oppressors Jabin and Sisera with their God.

5:18 Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.

Then Barak fought the other Canaanite kings who came out against him. The armies of Issachar, Zebulun and Naphtali fought alone with no help from the other tribes, but their God was with them; they fought without wages in enthusiastic zeal for their God!

5:19 The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they [Issachar, Zebulun and Naphtali] took no gain of money.

They fought with the backing of Christ and the enemy was swept away. Even so, WE must fight all sin with a burning zeal to internalize the very nature of our God!

5:20 They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera. 5:21 The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.

The proud strength of sin shall be broken in us by the strength of our Deliverer: if we will only rise up and follow him to fight the good fight and contend with passion for the learning and keeping of the whole Word of God.

5:22 Then were the horsehoofs broken by the means of the pransings [pride], the pransings [pride] of their mighty ones.

Those who do not stand up in zeal to live by every Word of God are as cursed as the people of Meroz who refused to aid in the fight against the wicked.

5:23 Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.

Jael is called blessed because she repented and rose up to destroy the man of sin in her time. Let us also repent of serving sin, following idols of men and from polluting the holy Sabbath day; and turn to serve the whole Word of our God.

5:24 Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent. 5:25 He [Sisera] asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish. 5:26 She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen’s hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.

This man, a type of sin; was destroyed by Jael who overcame; let the spiritually called out destroy sin and turn back to a passionate zeal for our Mighty One.

5:27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.

The mother of Sisera bewailed her son and her ladies sought to comfort her with false words. Will we the spiritually called out to the New Covenant, who are full of idolatry and sin, be comforted by smooth words when we are in the tribulation of God’s righteous correction for our sins?

5:28 The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots? 5:29 Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned answer to herself, 5:30 Have they not sped? have they not divided the prey; to every man a damsel or two; to Sisera a prey of divers colours, a prey of divers colours of needlework, of divers colours of needlework on both sides, meet for the necks of them that take the spoil?

Let those who love the Eternal enough to be zealous to follow him [even alone if necessary] whithersoever he goeth; and zealously, passionately learn and keep the whole Word of God: be shining lights of righteousness forever!

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise [living by every Word of God] shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Judges 5:31 So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

 

Judges 6

By the end of forty years Israel again fell into sin and was then oppressed by the Midianites for seven years.

Judges 6:1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

Because of the severe oppression many of Israel fled into the wilderness.

6:2 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.

The oppressors tool away all the harvest and food out of the land

6:3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; 6:4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass. 6:5 For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.

Israel then began to repent and to cry out to their Husband, the God Being who later gave up his God-hood to be made flesh as Jesus Christ.

6:6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD. 6:7 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites,

Just as physical Israel had no zeal to keep the Word of God and fell into idolatry; so the latter day spiritual Israel has not had a zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God; and has instead followed their idols of men and false traditions.

As physical Israel was delivered out of the bondage of physical Egypt; the called out of spiritual Israel have been delivered out of spiritual bondage from the spiritual Egypt of Satan; yet we have fallen away from Christ our Deliverer, even as physical Israel also fell away.

6:8 That the LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; 6:9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land; 6:10 And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear [do not respect foreign gods and the idols of men] not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.

Gideon is called out  to deliver a somewhat repentant physical Israel.

Gideon, like Moses, Paul and all the judges and prophets, was not called or ordained by men; he was called and ordained to his office by Jesus Christ himself.

6:11 And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.

Gideon is proclaimed a mighty man of valour and zeal for the Eternal and his Word.

6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.

Gideon asks; why have they fallen into such a state if God is with them?

6:13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.

Gideon is among the poor of Manasseh and asks how he a lowly man can save Israel. God often uses the poor and the lowly to save his people; in fact nearly always; and in that way all will know that the man did not save, but the deliverance was from God. 

This is also so that all people may learn that the lowliest and poorest and physically afflicted may conquer all sin through the power of God.

Jesus Christ sent Gideon! Gideon was not ordained to his office by any man, but directly by Jesus Christ.

6:14 And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might [the might of Gideon was his Deliverer, Jesus Christ], and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?

6:15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.

Even though God promises to be with him, Gideon lacks faith to take a stand to obey and follow God. And so it is today that very many lacking faith to take a stand on the whole Word of God. They will soon be given the biblical signs of the approaching tribulation and the sign of God’s two servants standing up in the power of God.

6:16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.

God would go before them and Gideon and all his men were to act with one accord as one person to completely destroy all of them.

6:17 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me. 6:18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before thee. And he [Christ] said, I will tarry until thou come again.

Gideon went and prepared a kid to offer to the Eternal; and the Eternal showed Gideon a miracle.

6:19 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it. 6:20 And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so. 6:21 Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight.

Then Gideon was filled with fear; but God comforted him.

6:22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O LORD God! for because I have seen an angel of the LORD face to face. 6:23 And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.

6:24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovahshalom: [YHVH’s peace] unto this day [the day this was written] it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

Jesus then appears to Gideon and commands him to destroy the altar of baal and build an altar to the Eternal and sacrifice his father’s bullock as a burnt offering on it.

6:25 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Take thy father’s young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it: 6:26 And build an altar unto the LORD thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down.

Gideon obeyed the voice of the Eternal.

6:27 Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the LORD had said unto him: and so it was, because he feared his father’s household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night.

In the morning the people sought to kill Gideon for destroying their idol and building an altar to the Eternal and offering a Burnt Offering on it.

Today the called out to the New Covenant of the later day Ekklesia of God, have many idols; preferring to obey men instead of being zealous to wholeheartedly live by every Word of God.

These idols of men and false traditions that are preferred above zeal for the Word of God need to be totally destroyed just as Gideon destroyed the altar of baal, so that all may become wholeheartedly zealous to learn to live by every Word of God [which wholehearted zeal is symbolized by the whole Burnt Offering].

6:28 And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built. 6:29 And they said one to another, Who hath done this thing? And when they enquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash hath done this thing.

Those brethren loved their idols and hated the iconoclast in their midst and desired to kill him. It is the same in today’s spiritual Israel.

6:30 Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it.

The father of Gideon then helped him saying; if baal be a god let him come and defend himself!

Even so Jesus Christ will plead with the brethren in the great tribulation saying: You followed these men instead of my Word; now save yourselves if you can!

6:31 And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar.

6:32 Therefore on that day he called him [Gideon was called “Let baal plead for himself”] ecause he hath thrown down his altar.

At the time of harvest the enemies came up on the land to take the harvest; and the God who later became flesh as Jesus Christ inspired Gideon to rise up against them.

6:33 Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel.

6:34 But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him. 6:35 And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.

Gideon then seeks reassurance from the Eternal.

6:36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, 6:37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. 6:38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.

And Gideon still being unsure asked for a third test [the first being the kid and the fire].

If we say that Gideon was without faith; remember that Moses also sought reassurance from God.

Remember that we all had very little faith in the beginning and that faith grew as we grew in experience, knowledge and the understanding that comes from DOING the Word of God.

Consider the degree of faith in the Ekklesia today, as so many fear to be zealous for the Word of God; afraid of the cost. There are high level elders who know that I speak the truth; yet they are afraid of being ostracized by fellow elders and friends! And so they let their fear of men come between them and the Eternal God!

Gideon did not trust in himself, nor did he hide away; rather he sought assurance from God.

If one is unsure, always seek assurance from the Eternal! Today we have a much larger and more complete volume of the Word of God then Gideon had; let us go to it and prove all things by the whole Word of God!

6:39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. 6:40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.

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