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Warrior Princess-By Angie Kirk

Did you know that God used women in the Old Testament to save His people from annihilation, judge the Nation of Israel, and deliver His people out of slavery?  Warrior Princesses!

Esther saved her entire nation by putting her life on the line more than once!

Rahab (who was a prostitute) confirmed the promised land was indeed Israel’s to take & saved the lives of the spies Joshua sent to scout the promised land.  Setting up the fall of Jericho’s walls.

There are many more women throughout the Bible that God used to fulfill His promises, to deliver His people, and His Word.  Two of my favorite Warrior Princesses are in Judges Chapters 4 and 5, Deborah and Jael.

At this point in Israel’s history, they have been oppressed for 20 years by the Canaanite commander Sisera.  Deborah becomes Israel’s judge when the Israelites called out to the Lord for help (again).

Let’s pick up the story in Judges 4:6.  

 One day she sent for Barak son of Abinoam, who lived in Kedesh in the land of Naphtali. She said to him, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: Call out 10,000 warriors from the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun at Mount Tabor. And I will call out Sisera, commander of Jabin’s army, along with his chariots and warriors, to the Kishon River. There I will give you victory over him.”

Barak told her, “I will go, but only if you go with me.”

“Very well,” she replied, “I will go with you. But you will receive no honor in this venture, for the Lord’s victory over Sisera will be at the hands of a woman.” So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh. 

Deborah and Barak head to Mount Tabor to battle, and Sisera ends up escaping the madness on foot. 

15 When Barak attacked, the Lord threw Sisera and all his chariots and warriors into a panic. Sisera leaped down from his chariot and escaped on foot. 16 Then Barak chased the chariots and the enemy army all the way to Harosheth-haggoyim, killing all of Sisera’s warriors. Not a single one was left alive. 

Enter Jael.

17 Meanwhile, Sisera ran to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, because Heber’s family was on friendly terms with King Jabin of Hazor. 18 Jael went out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Come into my tent, sir. Come in. Don’t be afraid.” So he went into her tent, and she covered him with a blanket.

19 “Please give me some water,” he said. “I’m thirsty.” So she gave him some milk from a leather bag and covered him again.

20 “Stand at the door of the tent,” he told her. “If anybody comes and asks you if there is anyone here, say no.”

21 But when Sisera fell asleep from exhaustion, Jael quietly crept up to him with a hammer and tent peg in her hand. Then she drove the tent peg through his temple and into the ground, and so he died.

22 When Barak came looking for Sisera, Jael went out to meet him. She said, “Come, and I will show you the man you are looking for.” So he followed her into the tent and found Sisera lying there dead, with the tent peg through his temple.

23 So on that day Israel saw God defeat Jabin, the Canaanite king. 24 And from that time on Israel became stronger and stronger against King Jabin until they finally destroyed him.

What?!  This Jewish woman literally staked a man’s head to the ground!  Deborah prophesied the victory would be given to a woman, and here we see Jael winning the battle.  

Woman of God!  Be encouraged in this moment that the power of the Holy Spirit living in you gives you the power to defeat your enemies (Jael) and to lead others to victory (Deborah)!  

I’m not talking about flesh and blood enemies; I am talking about your spiritual and fleshly enemies.  “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12

You are a Warrior Princess whom God has chosen not only for His family, but for His army!  He has given you His strength, and wisdom, and everything you need to walk in victory!  To submit to your husband (unpopular opinion, but the Bible’s instruction).  To lead your children in the ways of God.  To lead your friends and family to Jesus!  

Sometimes, being a warrior looks more princess-like.  Proverbs 15 tells us that a gentle word turns away anger.  Romans 12:20 tells us kindness heaps burning coals of shame on our enemies.  Proverbs 31:25-26 talks about dignity and strength, and laughing without fear of the future!

I leave you with Judges Chapter 5.

The Song of Deborah

On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song:

2 “Israel’s leaders took charge,

    and the people gladly followed.

Praise the Lord!

3 “Listen, you kings!

    Pay attention, you mighty rulers!

For I will sing to the Lord.

    I will make music to the Lord, the God of Israel.

4 “Lord, when you set out from Seir

    and marched across the fields of Edom,

the earth trembled,

    and the cloudy skies poured down rain.

5 The mountains quaked in the presence of the Lord,

    the God of Mount Sinai—

in the presence of the Lord,

    the God of Israel.

6 “In the days of Shamgar son of Anath,

    and in the days of Jael,

people avoided the main roads,

    and travelers stayed on winding pathways.

7 There were few people left in the villages of Israel[a]—

    until Deborah arose as a mother for Israel.

8 When Israel chose new gods,

    war erupted at the city gates.

Yet not a shield or spear could be seen

    among forty thousand warriors in Israel!

9 My heart is with the commanders of Israel,

    with those who volunteered for war.

Praise the Lord!

10 “Consider this, you who ride on fine donkeys,

    you who sit on fancy saddle blankets,

    and you who walk along the road.

11 Listen to the village musicians[b]

    gathered at the watering holes.

They recount the righteous victories of the Lord

    and the victories of his villagers in Israel.

Then the people of the Lord

    marched down to the city gates.

12 “Wake up, Deborah, wake up!

    Wake up, wake up, and sing a song!

Arise, Barak!

    Lead your captives away, son of Abinoam!

13 “Down from Tabor marched the few against the nobles.

    The people of the Lord marched down against mighty warriors.

14 They came down from Ephraim—

    a land that once belonged to the Amalekites;

    they followed you, Benjamin, with your troops.

From Makir the commanders marched down;

    from Zebulun came those who carry a commander’s staff.

15 The princes of Issachar were with Deborah and Barak.

    They followed Barak, rushing into the valley.

But in the tribe of Reuben

    there was great indecision.[c]

16 Why did you sit at home among the sheepfolds—

    to hear the shepherds whistle for their flocks?

Yes, in the tribe of Reuben

    there was great indecision.

17 Gilead remained east of the Jordan.

    And why did Dan stay home?

Asher sat unmoved at the seashore,

    remaining in his harbors.

18 But Zebulun risked his life,

    as did Naphtali, on the heights of the battlefield.

19 “The kings of Canaan came and fought,

    at Taanach near Megiddo’s springs,

    but they carried off no silver treasures.

20 The stars fought from heaven.

    The stars in their orbits fought against Sisera.

21 The Kishon River swept them away—

    that ancient torrent, the Kishon.

March on with courage, my soul!

22 Then the horses’ hooves hammered the ground,

    the galloping, galloping of Sisera’s mighty steeds.

23 ‘Let the people of Meroz be cursed,’ said the angel of the Lord.

    ‘Let them be utterly cursed,

because they did not come to help the Lord—

    to help the Lord against the mighty warriors.’

24 “Most blessed among women is Jael,

    the wife of Heber the Kenite.

    May she be blessed above all women who live in tents.

25 Sisera asked for water,

    and she gave him milk.

In a bowl fit for nobles,

    she brought him yogurt.

26 Then with her left hand she reached for a tent peg,

    and with her right hand for the workman’s hammer.

She struck Sisera with the hammer, crushing his head.

    With a shattering blow, she pierced his temples.

27 He sank, he fell,

    he lay still at her feet.

And where he sank,

    there he died.

28 “From the window Sisera’s mother looked out.

    Through the window she watched for his return, saying,

‘Why is his chariot so long in coming?

    Why don’t we hear the sound of chariot wheels?’

29 “Her wise women answer,

    and she repeats these words to herself:

30 ‘They must be dividing the captured plunder—

    with a woman or two for every man.

There will be colorful robes for Sisera,

    and colorful, embroidered robes for me.

Yes, the plunder will include

    colorful robes embroidered on both sides.’

31 “Lord, may all your enemies die like Sisera!

    But may those who love you rise like the sun in all its power!”

Then there was peace in the land for forty years.

Who could you be leading into decades of peace?  Sweet sister, if you are in Christ, you are a Warrior Princess, stand up and fight believing the battle is won!

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