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Barak trusted Lord and recognized that Deborah was his "link with headquarters." If God prophetess would not go with him on this mission, then he would not go.
verse 9...And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for LORD shall sell Sisera into hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.
A leadership team is formed. God is commander, Deborah will convey God's order to Barak then Barak would command army. Deborah told Barak that he would not receive credit for Israel's victory. The victory would be given to a woman.
verse 14...And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is day which LORD hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not LORD gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.
The prophetess gave command with utmost confidence that Lord Himself was advancing battle ahead of ten thousand men. Barak led his troops down slope of Tabor and across valley floor to meet chariots and infantry by river.
verse 15...And LORD discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with edge of sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, and fled away on his feet.
The Enemy's Defeat.
verse 17a...Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to tent of Jael wife of Heber Kenite.
Heber is Kenite, he belonged to tribe of Hobab father-in-law of Moses (Judges 4:11). The Kenites had become affiliated with tribe of Judah to south (Judges 1:16) but Heber and his wife had chosen a solitary life in north for they were nomadic shepherds.
Jael's heart was with Israel. She welcomed him into tent and agreed to hide him there.
Sisera was a powerful General whose troops outnumbered army of Israelites and whose weapons was superior to theirs. His first mistake was to place his trust in his military might.
Kenite --------- Kenya -------- Africa
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