Judges 4* Israel again revolts, and is oppressed by Jabin. (1-3) Deborahconcerts their deliverance with Barak. (4-9) Sisera defeated.(10-16) Sisera put to death by Jael. (17-24) #1-3. The land had rest for eighty years, which should haveconfirmed them in their religion; but it made them secure, andindulge their lusts. Thus the prosperity of fools destroys them.Jabin and his general Sisera, mightily oppressed Israel. Thisenemy was nearer than any of the former. Israel cried unto theLord, when distress drove them to him, and they saw no other wayof relief. Those who slight God in prosperity, will findthemselves under a necessity of seeking him in trouble.4-9 Deborah was a prophetess; one instructed in Divineknowledge by the inspiration of the Spirit of God. She judgedIsrael as God's mouth to them; correcting abuses, and redressinggrievances. By God's direction, she ordered Barak to raise anarmy, and engage Jabin's forces. Barak insisted much upon herpresence. Deborah promised to go with him. She would not sendhim where she would not go herself. Those who in God's name callothers to their duty, should be ready to assist them in it.Barak values the satisfaction of his mind, and the good successof his enterprise, more than mere honour. 10-16. Siser's confidence was chiefly in his chariots. But ifwe have ground to hope that God goes before us, we may go onwith courage and cheerfulness. Be not dismayed at thedifficulties thou meetest with in resisting Satan, in servingGod, or suffering for him; for is not the Lord gone before thee?Follow him then fully. Barak went down, though upon the plainthe iron chariots would have advantage against him: he quittedthe mountain in dependence on the Divine power; for in the Lordalone is the salvation of his people, #Jer 3:23|. He was notdeceived in his confidence. When God goes before us in ourspiritual conflicts, we must bestir ourselves; and when, by hisgrace, he gives us some success against the enemies of oursouls, we must improve it by watchfulness and resolution. 17-24 Sisera's chariots had been his pride and his confidence.Thus are those disappointed who rest on the creature; like abroken reed, it not only breaks under them, but pierces themwith many sorrows. The idol may quickly become a burden, #Isa46:1|; what we were sick for, God can make us sick of. It isprobable that Jael really intended kindness to Sisera; but by aDivine impulse she was afterwards led to consider him as thedetermined enemy of the Lord and of his people, and to destroyhim. All our connexions with God's enemies must be broken off,if we would have the Lord for our God, and his people for ourpeople. He that had thought to have destroyed Israel with hismany iron chariots, is himself destroyed with one iron nail.Thus the weak things of the world confound the mighty. TheIsraelites would have prevented much mischief, if they hadsooner destroyed the Canaanites, as God commanded and enabledthem: but better be wise late, and buy wisdom by experience,than never be wise.
Copyright information for MHCC
Welcome to STEP Bible
From Tyndale House, Cambridge UK
Use the search box to find Bibles, commentaries, passages, search terms, etc. Here are some examples:
This shows how to quickly lookup a passage.
Looking up a passage in three different translations is also easy.
This asks STEP to search for the Greek word for 'brother' and show the results in the ESV.
© Tyndale House, Cambridge, UK - 2018