HE PEOPLE OF GOD did evil and strayed away from Him over and over. For that reason, the Lord allowed other nations to enslave Israel (see Judges 4: 1, 2). Later, Israel would repent and call on God, and He would set them free from the yoke that oppressed them because of their sin.
In Judges 3:9, we are introduced to a liberator named Othniel. And “the spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he became Israel’s leader. Othniel went to war, and the Lord he gave same him victory» (verse 10, GNT). Forty years later, Israel lived through the same situation: “The Israelites were subject to Eglon for eighteen years. Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord, and he sent someone to free them. This was Ehud, a left-handed man» (verses 14, 15, GNT). Eighty years later, it was Shamgar who «also delivered Israel» (verse 31). When Ehud died, Israel persisted in their evil ways and fell into the hands of Jabin, whose captain of the army was Sisera (Judges 4B). And this is how we arrive at the time of today’s text.
Deborah was judge over Israel and encouraged Barak to go out to battle in the name of God. She asked him the same question two times: «Has not the Lord gone out before you?’ (Judges 4:14).
Ten thousand infantry soldiers seemed only a few men to Barak when faced with the army of Sisera, who had, in addition, nine hundred chariots of iron. However, «the Lord threw Siera, all the chariots, and his entire army into a panic right in front of Barak» (4:15, ISV). Thus, He gave Barak the victory.
«Has not the Lord gone out before you?’ %ese words also apply to those of us who are being tested, perhaps as a consequence of our sins for having strayed away from God or as a natural result of living in a world of sin. The question is still the same: «Has not the Lord gone out before you? ‘Yes, of course He has gone out and continues to go out. Just as we see in the Bible record the multiple occasions that the Lord went before Israel to liberate them, He will go out before you. Take a look at your past and you will realize this. So, do not fear, because «the one who watches over you will not slumber» (Psalm 121B, NLT)
“DEBORAH SAID TO BARAK, ‘GO! THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS GIVEN SISERA INTO YOUR HANDS. HAS NOT THE LORD GONE AHEAD OF YOU?’” JUDGES 4:14, NIV).