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Monday, April 22nd, 2024
the Fourth Week after Easter
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Bible Commentaries
Judges 4

Morgan's Exposition on the Whole BibleMorgan's Exposition

Verses 1-24

With almost wearisome monotony the story of declension, discipline, and deliverance goes forward. After the eighty years of rest, the children of Israel sinned again, and were delivered into the hands of Jabin. Then followed twenty years of oppression and suffering which became most terrible under Sisera. Once again in penitence the Israelites cried to God and were heard.

The story of deliverance this time is full of romance and poetry because associated with the name of Deborah. One can imagine how this daughter of the people, true child of faith, had suffered under the intolerable consciousness of the degradation of her people. She gained the ear of many in so great a degree that she was appointed to judge the people. In doing this she called Barak to her aid. He, inspired by her teaching, and she, helped by his consecration, went forward and Israel was once more delivered from oppression.

It is interesting at this point to notice the persons who became the agents of the divine deliverance and what is said concerning them. Othniel was clothed with the Spirit of God and driven forth to the work deliverance. Ehud and Shamgar were illustrations of the individual flaming forth of the spirit of devotion as a result of the bitter consciousness of oppression. The story of Deborah is that of a woman gradually gaining power and inspiring others to action.

Bibliographical Information
Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Judges 4". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gcm/judges-4.html. 1857-84.
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