The God Who Needs No Wingman
A prophetess? Is there a place of leadership for women in the church? As we continued with our sermon series Darkness vs. Light, we saw how Judges 4 and 5 shed light on God’s design for women in leadership. We read about Deborah who was not only a prophetess and a judge but also a faithful wife. Her identity as a woman is made very clear but so is her role as a leader. We also read about Barak, a man called to lead but who does not, initially, obey God’s command. Barak recognized that Deborah’s presence as a prophetess symbolized God’s presence with the nation of Israel, so he wanted to have Deborah in his presence so that God would be with him in his military expedition. However through Deborah, God had already promised his presence with him; Barak’s hesitancy revealed a lack of belief. As a result of his unbelief, a woman received the glory for doing the job he was suppose to – killing the commander of the Canaanites. Deborah’s prophecy that he would not receive the glory was fulfilled. Because the men in Israel were not leading in the midst of turmoil, Deborah led, and models womanly leadership by complementing Barak – she supports him in the battle and uses her strengths to strengthen the men around her. In other words, her womanly glory was found in how she strengthened Barak and God received the glory so that the nation is saved.
Despite his initial unbelief, Barak eventually does obey God and he is recognized as one of the examples of faith in Hebrews 11. We see here how God honors us even in the midst of our brokenness. Hundreds of years later, we encounter a man who obeyed God fully where Barak failed to obey. He needed no assistance in giving God the glory, unlike Barak who needed Deborah. His name was Jesus. It was his obedience that took him to the cross on behalf of all of our sins so that we could come before the throne of God. As Barak did, we are to make war against the enemies of God in the midst of our doubt, weaknesses and sin. We are called to this battle because the battle has already been won. We fight from the victory of Christ and he assures his presence with us through his Spirit. In light of our sin and doubt, let’s serve God because it’s worth it. You can listen to this message on Judges4-5 by Peter Ashmore HERE.
Speaking of men, October 17-18 Restore and Mosaic Church are partnering up for a men’s retreat! Please email Peter Ashmore at for more details and to sign up. This Friday (10/3) is the last day to sign up for the retreat, so don’t wait!
Thank you for those you helped and served last Friday so that Propaganda and his crew could make the stop at the PO to worship God through their music. Let us continue to pray for the group as they are still on tour. May we be a church that celebrates art as a form of genuine worship so that our Creator God receives all the glory!