Monday, May 13, 2013

Deborah, Barak and Jael

In the story of Deborah and Barak in the book of Judges in the Hebrew Bible,  Deborah, a married woman, was a judge and prophetess; Barak was a military leader then judge. Barak hesitated to lead his army against the Canaanites. Deborah challenged him to follow God's will. With her by his side, Barak led his army against the Canaanites and conquered. The result was 40 years of peace.

Has history repeated itself?  Did President Obama achieve a great victory when Hillary Clinton was by his side as Secretary of State?  I do not know, but I see no peace.

Perhaps there is another woman to be focused on: Jael.  She drives a tent peg through the brain of the enemy general while he sleeps.  With his death, the conflict is ended.  Deborah had predicted that the general would die at the hand of a woman.

Is Elizabeth Warren the next Jael?  Will she drive a tent peg through the capitalist system that controls our nations wealth at the expense of the middle class and poor?  I hope so.

Salomon de Bray, the artist, shows Jael, with hammer and pin, next to Deborah and Barak.

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