ALL OUT – Deborah

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This week, we are studying the lives of people who went ALL OUT for God, that we may learn from them and apply their principles to our lives. There is an often-overlooked heroine of the Old Testament that we must take the time to examine today, and that is Deborah. She was a truly remarkable woman!

So, let’s state the obvious: God chose to use her in a role that had been occupied by men until that time. The Bible doesn’t tell us all the challenges involved and how she dealt with them, but we can imagine all the things that would have had to change for this to happen.

She followed God faithfully, acting with integrity in her duties. Her boldness came from relying on God, not herself.

In a male-dominated culture, Deborah did not let power go to her head, but exercised her authority as God guided her.

She had to be ALL OUT to say yes to God and to be the woman who would be willing to stand up as she stood out. She would be the one who went against the “normal” and just was who God said she was. Her husband (yes, she was married) would have to be so secure that he would not try to force her to be something she was not. And she was not ordinary!

Think of the nation of Israel. She was the judge of Israel and guided the whole nation. Somehow, the people had come to trust her wisdom and insight from God, as the Bible clearly states that they would come to her for judgment.

Judges 4:4–5
4 At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel. She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim;
5 and the Israelites came up to her for judgment.

She held court, judging the people’s disputes under the palm tree of Deborah in the hill country of Ephraim. But that is not all she would do.

The Israelites had been disobeying God, so God allowed Jabin, a king of Canaan, to oppress them. Jabin's general was named Sisera, and he intimidated the Hebrews with 900 iron chariots, powerful tools of war that struck terror into the hearts of ordinary foot soldiers.

Deborah was “on deck,” so to speak, to have wisdom in what to do to save the people of Israel. Acting on guidance from God, she sent for the warrior, Barak, telling him the Lord had commanded him to gather 10,000 men from the tribes of Zebulun and Napthtali and lead them to Mount Tabor.

Barak was so convinced of the relationship Deborah had with God, that she was ALL IN and that she would go ALL OUT, that he said he would face the enemy only if she would be with him.

Judges 4:8 KJV
And Barak said unto her, “If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.”

She went with him, and it is a beautiful account of how God gave her the timing of what to do and how to bring about the victory.

Judges 4:13-14 KJV
13 And Sisera gathered together all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people that were with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto the river of Kishon.
14 And Deborah said unto Barak, “Up; for this is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the Lord gone out before thee?” So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.

Deborah said, “This is the Day!” That is why Barak wanted Deborah with him. It is one thing to face an army of people; it is another to know that God has declared the victory at a certain time and to go with that kind of confidence! Hallelujah!

Then, of course, another woman is involved in this win. Her name is Jael. This is the account of her involvement that day:

Judges 4:17 KJV
Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite: for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.

Judges 4:19 KJV
And he said unto her, “Give me, I pray thee, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty.” And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him.

Judges 4:20-21 KJV
20 Again he said unto her, “Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall be, when any man doth come and enquire of thee, and say, ‘Is there any man here?’ that thou shalt say, ‘No.’”
21 Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.

This is a very brave, bold move. But Jael was able to recognize this opportunity to destroy the enemy and she took it. She was going ALL OUT. This action could have called for her own death, but she was acting with God, and God protected her.

Judges 4:22 KJV
And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, “Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest.” And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.

Extreme attacks of the enemy take extreme measures to win the victory. It will take people who are willing to go ALL OUT, no matter what that looks like at the time.

We are fortunate that we live under the New and Better Covenant and under grace, aren’t we?

But probably the most important part of this story is this verse:

Judges 4:23 KJV
So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.

Deborah was a judge, a prophet, and a leader called of God. It took a team of people to work together against the enemy to win the ultimate battle and recognize that God was the ultimate one who won the victory.

Deborah had the directives, but each one had their part to play. What a marvelous victory! On that day, GOD subdued Jabin, king of Canaan. God’s children prospered again and prevailed that day until Jabin was totally overcome with the destruction that he had planned for Israel.

Unity turns the table on the enemy!

Judges 4:24 KJV
And the hand of the children of Israel prospered, and prevailed against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.

And the hand of the children of Israel prospered, and prevailed against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.

Judges 5:1-3 KJV
1 Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,
2 “Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.
3 Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.”

Deborah stood in the position God had given her. Barak stood in his position. A little-known woman named Jael had the boldness and fortitude to take action against the enemy. Then God’s name rang throughout the land.

What we need to remember as we focus on Deborah is this:

Judges 5:7 KJV
The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

A “mother in Israel” is a title indicating that the nation looked to Deborah for leadership as the nation’s mother, similar to how the childless George Washington is called the “father of our nation” in the USA.

I believe God specifically called, anointed and appointed Deborah to lead. He put her in position, not as a second choice, but as a purposeful choice for many reasons. One of those reasons is for all to see that God chooses whom HE chooses and He is not influenced by society’s opinions of who should have the significant roles.

No matter who is called to each position, God should always get the glory. We should realize that no one can do it alone. God is looking for people who are ALL IN and will go ALL OUT at His bidding.

He is not looking at gender, and He is not looking for a society pick. He is looking for hearts that will be after Him. He is looking for those willing to do their part, big or small, for the good of the Kingdom, so His name will be known and heralded throughout the world.

This Church, His Bride who is spread throughout all nations, must come together and love Him as the God that He is. We must be willing to step in and step out into whatever He has designed for us specifically. What part are you willing to play?

All I know is that we need to be ALL OUT for Him, no matter what it costs or what challenges confront us. Together we win, and together He gets all the glory.


Today, Lord, we are so thankful that You don’t have prejudice in Your heart, and that You just know who to give what gifts to. We trust You with that and we are willing to be at the front, or hidden in a tent, ready to be used to save nations. We are coming into agreement for Your will to be done on earth, as we come under Your ultimate leadership.

Help us to not judge others for what their roles are, but to come alongside them, esteem them and work with them as You would desire. Here I am, Lord, Yours. And I am willing to go ALL OUT with You.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Water and Dust – Cory Asbury
You Say – Lauren Daigle
Psalm 23 (I Am Not Alone) – Josh Sherman


What was your “ah-ha” moment?

How can you apply this in your relationship with God, and what changes will you have to make?

How can this help you with your family?

How can this help you with others in your daily life?

Think BIG: By applying these truths, how are you expecting this to impact your family, others I your everyday life, your city, and the world?

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