According to Jewish tradition, Deborah, was one of the "seven prophetesses" in the scriptures, with Sarah, Miriam, Hannah, Abigail and Esther.
Historians say that Deborah was a judge for 40 years (Judges 5:31) from 1107 BC until her death in 1067 BC. The Book of Judges discribes Deborah as the fourth Judge of pre-monarchic Israel. She provided her judgments beneath a date palm tree between Ramah in Benjamin and Bethel in the land of Ephraim.
Deborah directed an army of men. She summoned Barak, the son of Abinoam, from his home at Kedesh in Naphtali, and ordered him, in the name of YHWH, to take ten thousand men to Mount Tabor. Because Barak would not go to battle without Deborah, the honor of victory did not go to him, but rather to "a woman" (Judges 4:9). The entire story can be found in the Book of Judges.
This week’s Sunday School lesson is about Deborah. Scripture says that she gave her judgements under a palm tree. We have many crafts and activities for the children. One is to make palm trees from all of our COVID paper towel tubes! The other is to make a succulent planter from a date palm pod! Check out our KIDS website for more videos, crafts, snacks (date smoothies/date bars/bacon wrapped dates) and activities.
Have you ever read about the “Deborah Anointing?” It offers blessings for females that although they may have been trapped in tradition and locked into captivity by cultural and gender prejudices, God is there to support them in breaking those cycles! God’s desire is for them to shatter those barriers. In biblical times, and today, God calls women to a purpose greater than themselves.
What a special and amazing message and gift to our girls!