Barak the commander of the army, under Deborah the fourth Judge of Israel

Judges 4-5. He was the army commander of Israel for the 4th Judge of Israel Deborah 1237BC-1198BC.

Deborah, the prophetess and fourth Judge of Israel, had a message from the Lord for Barak, her military general, to take ten thousand men from tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun.

He would fight a war against Jabin, the king of Canaan, and he would win. After the battle that ensued the land had peace for the next forty years.

Barak was from the tribe of Naphtali and was the son of Abinoam, a Midianite.

Barak in Hebrew means: lightning.

Again when the people of Israel listened and obeyed God they were not under the 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 in Hebrews 11:32, the famous faith chapter of the Bible.

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Deborah sends for Barak

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 4:6-8
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