Judges chapters 4 & 5 tell us a story of great distress. God’s people were being “ruthlessly oppressed.” Their oppressor was called Sisera. We learn that he was the commander of the Canaanite army and that he had “900 iron chariots.”
After being oppressed for two decades, “the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help.” Judges 4:3.
God responded. When God’s people went into battle, “the Lord threw Sisera and all his chariots and warriors into a panic. Sisera leaped down from his chariot and escaped on foot” Judges 4:15 (NLT). What would cause Sisera to leave his only form of protection? Why would he abandon his men, his chariots and the safety they provided? Ever read though the Bible and pass over lines like this one? The Bible is FULL of ways that God cares for, instructs and protects his people. I want to know how He “threw Sisera and all his chariots and warriors into a panic.” Judges 4:15, in an alternate translation says, “And the Lord discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword…” (KJV). Chapter 5 gives us a picture to help us understand.
Chapter 5 is a song of celebration that was sung on the day of victory! Verse 20 says, “The stars fought from heaven. The stars in their orbits fought against Sisera” (NLT). “The stars fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera” (NKJ). This gives us a picture of part of how God gave victory to those who “cried out to the Lord for help.” This is a day that Heaven touched Earth. This is a day where God intervened and gave victory to His people.
If you’ve been in a situation or are experiencing circumstances presently that are oppressive or make it feel that you cannot win, I encourage you to call out to God! God is not bound by what we can imagine or what we understand, to help us! God’s help is from Heaven! Today, let’s agree to cry out for help, and believe that He is able to touch earth on behalf of His people and give us victory!
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