be like the sun

Today's devotion from Judges 5.

Judges 5 offers us the response of God's salvation. After Israel has been freed, Deborah, a prophetess and judge, breaks into praise. How else should someone respond to such an mighty and provident work by God?

While you're here, take a look at the prophetic utterance toward Jael. In Deborah's song she sings, "Jael is most blessed of women..." (Judges 5:24, CSB) Now, it's pretty apparent why they would sing Jael's praises. After all, she had just killed their enemy. But why would they call her most blessed of women?

It's because she did something remarkable, not just in killing Sisera, but in placing her name and reputation on the line in order to save the people. She was a married woman, but invited a man who was not her husband into her tent. There is much backstory that could be put in here, but suffice it to say that this was a huge risk for her. If her husband caught Sisera in Jael's tent, she could have been accused of adultery and possibly stoned. If the Israelites had caught them together, she could have been accused of treason and killed.

For all of these reasons, this brave and selfless woman is applauded as "most blessed of women" and is recognized as a hero of Israel.  But if you remember, I said that this was prophetic. Many point to similarities between Jael and Mary, the mother of Jesus. Both received the title of most blessed among women. Both risked their reputations in the society in order to save their people. Both are praised for their sacrifice and obedience through important women used by God. There are several similarities.

Deborah's song ends with an amazing prayer, "So may all your enemies perish, O Lord! But your friends be like the sun as he rises in his might." (Judges 5:28, ESV) Her desire is that God would triumph over His enemies while His glory shined through the faithful. Of course, we see the New Testament again. As Christians, we are the light of the world because of the might and glory of our God.

Obeying God is rarely easy or convenient, but when He brings about a moment of providence, don't you want to rise to the occasion?