This is not a sermon about elevating women—I am sensitive to perceptions like that, because as a woman, I do not want to be thought of as a shrill voice advocating for women’s rights. My cause and message are SO MUCH larger than that. However, I never feel those hesitations when I preach a message about a powerful man, so there is some underlying gender bias on my part.
But . . the message in this message IS about how God delivers from unexpected sources, and the unexpected deliverance in THIS message relies on the faithfulness of a woman. Of two women. So . . . let’s get down to it.
We are talking about Deborah. THE Deborah in the Old Testament in the Book of Judges, both chapters 4 and 5. She gets two chapters. 4 is written in prose and tells the remarkable story of God’s deliverance for God’s people, and 5 is a song written about her—thought to be the most extensive earliest fragment of Hebrew poetry. Deborah, who was a wife, judge, prophetess, agitator, ruler, warrior, poetess and maternal figure for Israel. Quite a woman. Let’s dig in.
Originally preached Sunday, November 19, 2017