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

Many of us find ourselves embattled in intense, serious spiritual warfare.  Some of us find ourselves in the awful position of having the enemy in that war using our loved ones, sometimes our spouses as his instruments.  One of the devil's greatest tools is to get us to agree with him about our loved ones, or to get our loved ones to agree with him about us.  He is the accuser of the brethren and one of the ways he loves to accuse is through the mouths of people who are suppose to love us.  It was in one of these fierce battles of spiritual warfare that this lesson was born.

One of the great things about the Bible is that we can study and study and still not exhaust what there is to learn from it.  Such is the case of the story of Deborah and Barak and Jael.  Deborah, of course, is one of the more well known women of the Bible.  Perhaps we can learn even more from another woman in the same passage named Jael.  So let's look at Judges chapters 4 and 5.

Chapter 4 begins, "When Ehud was dead, the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord."  Ehud was the left-handed judge who had stabbed the evil king of Moab, Eglon with a dagger. Eglon was so fat that when the dagger went in, the fat closed over the blade and his entrails spilled out.  Moab was subdued that day and the land had rest for over 80 years.

Throughout this study I will use the Blue Letter Bible Outline for Biblical Usage to show the meanings of names and words. The name Ehud means "I will give thanks; I will be praised."

Ehud was dead...

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