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control by the commander, Sisera. This military tyrant commanded a large army that included 900 chariots. Remember that Joshua had earlier destroyed a powerful northern coalition that was led by Jabin king of Hazor. Apparently, “Jabin” is the title of a dynasty of kings who ruled Canaan at various times. Obviously, the city of Hazor had been rebuilt since its destruction by Joshua and the Canaanites had retaken and repopulated the territory surrounding the city. Because of their evil and worldly compromises, the Israelites had lost their claim upon the Promised Land. They were now subjected as slaves under the cruel, harsh, and ruthless oppression of their enemies, the Canaanites. What we sow, we reap. If we sow evil, we reap evil. God will chastise us. When we repent and call upon Him for forgiveness, he forgives. God raised up a courageous woman to issue His call. The courageous woman was Deborah. This action was God’s response to the cry of the Israelites. God was now ready to deliver His dear people from the painful sufferings under the Canaanite oppressors. Deborah served the people as a judge as well as a prophetess. Her testimony for the Lord and her influence upon the people were so great and pervasive that she was known as the “mother of Israel”. She reached out to help the Israelites, welcoming them into

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Rahab-and-Deborah  

We learned that Rahab, as a prostitute, lived on the edge of life. While she shared the general mood of fear with the rest of Jericho’s popu...

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