What we know about Deborah in Judges 4:4-5

This past week has been crazy wonderful and I really do not think I have fully grasped the impact (no pun intended) that NAYC and Impact Junkie has made on my future. What I do know is that I am eternally grateful for the gift they gave me of allowing me to speak to 35,000(plus?) people and bring an awareness to human trafficking in America. It will be among the best memories of my life…and if I could do it all over again I wouldn’t be as nervous…I would live in that moment and BE in the moment so much more than I was.

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On a different note:

As I was studying tonight I wanted to know WHO Deborah was in the Old Testament.

Things I know:

  1. She was a judge
  2. She was one of the good guys
  3. She was smart
  4. She helped defeat the enemy with the help of another lady

Things I didn’t know:

  1. Who was her husband? (Why did I think it was Barak?)
  2. What did he do?
  3. What do we know about him?

Forgive the bad handwriting but I am old school and I read from my bible not an app when I am studying and I also use an old Strong’s concordance from my JCM bible college days (I bought that over 15 years ago)

So what I learned first was that when she is introduced-there is an order to HOW she is introduced.

Judges 4:4

And Deborah

  1. a prophetess
  2. the wife of Lapidoth
  3. she judged Israel at that time

Could that mean anything? Did God assign those introducing roles to her in that order for a reason? Bear with me, but I would like to believe that she belonged to GOD first and foremost then she was the wife of her husband and then she had a duty to do which was her occupation/job of judging Israel.

Who is Lapidoth? The Strong’s concordance says: Husband of Deborah.

My heart skipped a beat with disappointment at that definition because I wanted it to mean more. I wanted so much more for Lapidoth. I wanted it to say:

Mighty, valiant, warrior, prince of kingdoms and killer of giants, He-Man and Hulk all rolled into one…

Wait! Sorry!* Ahem- I got off track there for a second…. anyways!!!!!!

No. It said: Husband of Deborah(3941 see 3940) So I went up a definition to see what 3940 had to say about Lapidoth.

3940: From an unused root probably meaning: To shine, a flambeau, lamp, flame, firebrand, burning lamp, lightning, torch

Lapidoth, the husband of Deborah was a shining lamp. A firebrand. A torch.

What do you think of when you think of a torch? I think of a quiet stillness but a bright light. Nothing chaotic or crazy. Nothing wild and demonstrative. Just steady and good. Security and warmth.

There is a verse in the bible in Matthew 5:14. The Amplified Version simply says it this way:

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Let Deborah go judge nations. Let her lead men into war and be a mighty prophetess anointed with divine wisdom and discernment. Let her sit under prominent trees and host excellent meetings. Let Deborah be publicly accessible for commerce and counsel. When she went home at night, she went home to a man, her torch, her lamp, her firebrand. Without that light in her life, could she have ever been what she was?

Who knows? I cannot answer that question but we can decide now that she was who she was because of God having his hands on her life and she being described as the wife of Lapidoth-a man defined as one who shined- a torch that lit Deborah’s steps all along the pathway of her life.

Thank you Lapidoth.