Deborah: The Judge & Prophetess

Written by Angelique Watkins

God used Deborah to deliver HIS people from Canaanite oppression.

Deborah was a Prophetess who judged Israel. Deborah's prophecy was fulfilled. (Judges 9:9)

The judges were temporary deliverers, sent by God to deliverrepparttar Israelites from their oppressors. Their name in Hebrew is Shophetim and, which isrepparttar 126980 same as that for ordinary judges. For, though their first work was that of deliverers and leaders in war, they then administered justice torepparttar 126981 people and their authority suppliedrepparttar 126982 want of a regular government.

The Book of Judges called in Hebrew 'Shofetim" (judge), a term identical withrepparttar 126983 Carthaginian 'Sufetes,' althoughtrepparttar 126984 two offices were not ofrepparttar 126985 same nature.

The Book may be divided into three parts. Chapters 2:6-16 begins with an introduction explainingrepparttar 126986 spiritual significance ofrepparttar 126987 events narrated.

Fourth Judge: Deborah and Barak

Let's look at Judges 4:4-9; 14, 15 and 17a

verse 4...And Deborah, a prophetess,repparttar 126988 wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.

Deborah was not chosen byrepparttar 126989 people or appointed byrepparttar 126990 people. God raised her up to help His people, and thus she judged Israel at that time. The record teaches us that Deborah was a prophetess. Deborah wasrepparttar 126991 judge and one who hadrepparttar 126992 gift of prophecy.

verse 5...And she dwelt underrepparttar 126993 palm tree of Deborah, between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: andrepparttar 126994 children of Israel came up to her for judgment.

Mount Ephraim is allrepparttar 126995 hill country belonging torepparttar 126996 tribe of Ephraim. The word "dwelt" could be that Deborah lived there or that wasrepparttar 126997 place at which she gave justice to those who came up to her for judgment.

verse 6...And she sent and called Barakrepparttar 126998 son of Abinoam out of Kedesh-naphtali, and said unto him, Hath notrepparttar 126999 LORD God of Israel commanded, saying: Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men ofrepparttar 127000 children of Naphtali and ofrepparttar 127001 children of Zebulun?

Barak lived around 80 miles torepparttar 127002 north of where Deborah held court, but it appears he came when Deborah called him. Deborah told Barak that she was giving himrepparttar 127003 message ofrepparttar 127004 Lord God of Israel, not of her own. God wanted Barak to assemble an army of 10,000 men fromrepparttar 127005 tribe of Naphtali which was Barak's own tribe andrepparttar 127006 neighbor tribe of Zebulun. Barak was to leadrepparttar 127007 army to Mount Tabor.

verse 7...And I will draw unto thee, torepparttar 127008 river Kishon, Siserarepparttar 127009 captain of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand.

The Lord planned to deliverrepparttar 127010 men into Barak's hand: He promised victory to Barak and his army.

verse 8...And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, I will not go.

Esther's Zeal & The Feast of Purim

Written by Angelique Watkins

Esther's Zeal & The Feast of Purim

First, I would like to share that I do not hold a postion of clergy, pastor, minister nor evangelist. I have never studied Theology nor taken religion classes in any school.

I do not represent nor am I certified in any specific field. My only resource isrepparttar Holy Inspired Written Word of God ...The Bible. One thing for certain I believe and stand on -- ALL Mankind IS precious.

The Biblical Truth on Record: The greatest message of Esther is a divine providence, by which God can rule and overrule inrepparttar 126979 affairs of men and work events out according to his will. The king had a sleepless night at exactlyrepparttar 126980 right time -repparttar 126981 night beforerepparttar 126982 first banquet (Esther 6:1). God could easily cause that. The king hadrepparttar 126983 book of records brought before him and read. The result was that Mordecai was honored onrepparttar 126984 very day that Haman planned to hang him. Then atrepparttar 126985 second banquet Esther, was in a postion to plead for her life andrepparttar 126986 lives of her people. (Esther 7).

It will help to think of Daniel or Esther when ever in a hard place. But remember most of all thatrepparttar 126987 Lord is your helper as he was theirs.

Key Words in Esther 4:10-17; 9:20-22, 26 and 27: Hatach, commandment, unto Mordecai, one law of his,repparttar 126988 golden sceptre, I have not been called, Think not, enlargement, from another place, fast ye for me, andrepparttar 126989 15th day, Purim and such as joined themselves unto them.

The identification ofrepparttar 126990 Hebrew name Ahasuerus with Xerxes was determined via ofrepparttar 126991 Babylonian form ofrepparttar 126992 name. Ahasuerus is mentioned in one verse inrepparttar 126993 Book of Ezra 4:6 and inrepparttar 126994 period of his reign comes chronologically duringrepparttar 126995 part ofrepparttar 126996 57 years which elasped afterrepparttar 126997 events recorded in Ezra 6 and before those of Ezra 7.

The book of Esther was written inrepparttar 126998 Persian period around 406 - 359 BC, by a Susan Jew who was familiar withrepparttar 126999 palace, and with Persian history, and with Persian customs.

Esther,repparttar 127000 Persian name of HADASSAH, daughter of Abihail,repparttar 127001 son of Shimei,repparttar 127002 son of Kish, a Benjamite. Esther was a beautiful Jewish maiden, whose ancestor Kish had been amongrepparttar 127003 captives led away from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar when Jehoiachin was taken captive. She was an orphan without father or mother, and had been brought up by her cousin Mordecai, who had an office inrepparttar 127004 household of Ahasuerus king of Persia, and dwelt at "Shushanrepparttar 127005 palace." When Vashti was dismissed from being queen, and allrepparttar 127006 fairest virgins ofrepparttar 127007 kingdom had been collected at Shushan forrepparttar 127008 king to make choice of a successor to her from among them,repparttar 127009 choice fell upon Esther. The king, was not aware, however, of her race and parentage.

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