Barak the army commander of Israel

Hebrews 11:32 and Judges 4-5. Deborah told Barak that God had called him to fight a war against Jabin, king of Canaan, and he would win. Now take ten thousand men from tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun.

From this battle that insured the land had peace for the forty years.

Barak was from the tribe of Naphtali and was the son of Abinoan, a Midianite. He was the army commander of Israel for 4th Judge of Israel Deborah 1237BC-1198BC.

Barak in Hebrew means: lighting.

Again when the people of Israel listened and obeyed God they were not under oppression of one of their enemies but when they moved away from God again God allowed the enemies of Israel to prevail.

Barak is mentioned Hebrews 11:32 the famous faith chapter of the Bible.

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32 And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell you about Barak, Gideon, Jeiphthah, the Prophets, Samson, Samuel, and David.
Hebrews 11:32

Deborah, Israel’s Fourth Judge sends for Barak
1 After Ehud died, while the LORD was watching, the Israelis made the evil they had been practicing even worse, 2 so the LORD turned them over to domination by Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. Sisera, the commanding officer of his army, lived in Harosheth-haggoyim. 3 The Israelis cried out to the LORD, because of his 900 iron chariots. Jabin oppressed the Israelis forcefully for twenty years.

4 Deborah, a woman, prophet, and wife of Lappidoth, was herself judging Israel during that time. 5 She regularly took her seat under the Palm Tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the mountainous region of Ephraim, where the Israelis would approach her for decisions. 6 She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “The LORD, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead the way to Mount Tabor. 7 I will lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.'”

8 Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.”
Judges 4:1-8
Continued Judges 4:9-5:31.

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