The “Honey Bee” Prophetess (Part Two)

The HONEY BEE
The HONEY BEE

Let’s pick up the story of the “Honey Bee” (Deborah) in Judges 4:14-17:

[14] And Deborah said to Barak,  “Up!  For this is the day when the Lord has given Sisera into your hand.  Is not the Lord gone out before you?”  So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with 10,000 men following him.  [15] And the Lord confused and terrified Sisera and all his chariot drivers and all his army before Barak with the sword.  And Sisera alighted from his chariot and fled on foot.  [16] But Barak pursued after the chariots and the army to Haro-sheth-hagoiim, and all the army of Sisera fell by the sword; not a man was left.  [17] But Sisera fled on foot 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.

Up!” and Go… NOW!  

The king of the enemies of Israel was being DELIVERED into the hands of Barak.  

By the spirit of prophecy, DEBORAH knew this was the time to attack.  So, Barak did.

Sometimes, God speaks to us TO UP and GO!  We may wonder, why now?  Always remember that God’s timing, though it may not seem right at the time, is always perfect.  Sometimes we are told to go talk to someone we haven’t even noticed before around us.  Then, wonder how God’s purpose will play itself out and finding ourselves in position do nothing else… but patiently WAIT for His plan to be revealed.

Proverbs 19:21 addresses this plainly:  “Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand.”

Does God really have a specific purpose for lives in this world today?  It might not seem like it, but it is there alright.  We just have to seek the wisdom and understanding to discover His plan and through His Word.

Some Scarey Stuff – (verses 18-22):

[18] And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said to him,  “Turn aside, my master, turn aside to me!  Do not be afraid.”  And he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug.  [19] And he said to her, “please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.”  So she opened a bottle of milk and gave him a drink; then she covered him.  [20] And he said to her,  “Stand in the doorway of the tent, and it shall be if anyone comes and inquires of you, and says, ‘Is there anyone here?’ that you shall say, ‘No.’ ”  [21] But Jael, Heber’s wife, took a tent-peg and seized a hammer in her hand, and went secretly to him and drove the peg into his temple, and it went through to the ground; for he was sound asleep and exhausted.  So he died.  [22] and BEHOLD, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him and said to him, ” Come, and I will show you the man whom you are seeking.” And he entered with her, and behold Sisera was lying dead with a tent-peg in his temple  (NASB).

It’s almost fearful to read the words laid down in front of our eyes.  Samson falls asleep in the “barber chair” of Delilah and gets his hair cut off; Sisera falls asleep in the tent of Jael, getting a tent-peg driven through his skull.  Hmmm, anything here about going asleep while the women of the house may be angry at us?

PROPHECY FULFILLED:

This is the fulfillment of the prophecy by Deborah to Barak earlier in the story:

“But because of the way you are going about this, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will hand Sisera over to a woman”  (Judges 4:9).

Great Lessons to Learn–THINGS aren’t always what they appear at first!

Yes, I found some great lessons from this particular passage of Scripture.

1.  JAEL broke a fundamental principle of hospitality. 

2.  JAEL broke her promise to Sisera and killed a man that her own husband had made peace with. 

And yet… God used even her treachery to accomplish His purpose.  Surely, Sisera deserved to die; he fought against God’s people on behalf of a leader; he harshly oppressed the people of Israel (Judges 4:3).  Could this be a NEWS HEADLINE in the Middle East and today’s world?  You bet!

The LESSON for us is important.  God can make even the evil of men serve His purposes:

“Surely Your wrath against men brings You praise; and the survivors of Your wrath are restrained”  (Psalm 76:10 NIV).

Yet, that never lessens the personal responsibility for the one doing the evil.  JUDAS’ betrayal of Jesus served the eternal purpose of God, yet he still answered for the evil deed.

CONCLUSION OF THE PASSAGE– (verse 23-24): 

[23} “So God subdued on that day Jabin king of Canaan before the Israelites.  [24] And the hand of the Israelites bore more and more upon Jabin king of Canaan until they had destroyed [him].”

DEBORAH (the “Honey Bee”) was a prophetess and intercessor who had been placed to judge the things of God; used mightily to free her people from their enemies.

Our Enemies Today–

Our enemies we face are more internal than external.  We are enslaved by our hearts and minds, unwilling to follow the precepts of the Lord and rather “play the harlot after other gods.”

Oh how the Body of Christ (The Church) needs more DEBORAHS to lead us away from the circle of apostasy.  Now not ALL women in your church are going to be “DEBORAH S”, and not ALL men will be “Barak s”; but that doesn’t change our God given responsibilities as true believers in Christ Jesus.

Some of you reading this may be “Deborah’s” in waiting.  Perhaps it’s time for you to STEP UP and be REVEALED– and you will say as she did in Judges 4:9 (NASB):

“I will go with you.

But because of the way you are going about this, the honor will not be yours”

3 Replies to “The “Honey Bee” Prophetess (Part Two)”

  1. Yes, Praise God that He rises us up and we don’t have to do it alone. He is a great God.
    As for His purposes, yes, I am humbled each time I THINK I know what He’s up to, but then I see it turn another way, or I have to wait. I’ve come the conclusion that I know nothing 🙂
    Praise be to God. Hallelulujah

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  2. This girl is thankful God had a plan in His heart for me and He didn’t leave me in my messed up worldly state. Amazing how He redeems us, brings us out of the enemy’s camp and then teaches us how to love Him and live for Him all the days of our lives. thanks for the reminder to step up to the plate and obey God.

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