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JAEL, THE MOUNTAIN GOAT: Deborah, Barak and Jael, Part 2

This next study is a very personal one for me.  Let me elaborate.  I didn't know until about fourth or fifth grade that I walked "funny." I was made fun of and became very self-conscious as a young girl.  At a time in our lives where we just want to blend into our surroundings, I felt like all eyes were on me with every step I took. My walk would come to define who I was. I wouldn't find out why I walked the way I do until I was in my forties.  And the details don't matter.  What does matter is that God taught me so many things that I wouldn't have known otherwise, simply because of the way I walk.  It began to have a parallel meaning of my walk with the Lord. Also, I don't have pretty feet. It's all related.  So when I was studying Jael, I made a discovery that really spoke to my heart.  You'll see in the lesson when we see that Jael's name means "mountain goat."  These mountain goats are surefooted climbers.  Their feet are designed for climbing steep, rocky slopes.  It's sweet how the Lord brings these lessons to us in such personal ways.  Hope this study speaks to your heart as it does to mine.

Read JEWELS FROM THE JOURNEY: Deborah, Barak and Jael, Part 1.

We left off in the last lesson in Judges 4:9 where Deborah had told Barak that she would go with him to Kedesh, but that since he wouldn't go unless Deborah went with him, that the Lord would deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.

Judges 4:10-11 'And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; he went up with ten thousand men under his command, [fn] and Deborah went up with him.  Now Heber the Kenite, of the children of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, had separated himself from the Kenites and pitched his tent near the terebinth tree at Zaanaim, which is beside Kedesh.

In studying the Bible, every detail is important. Every word, every name, when explored can lead to fascinating discoveries...

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