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Arise, Barak, and Lead

Today’s Verse:

Arise, Barak, and lead…. ~Judges 5:12

The Bible contains the historical account of insignificant and weak people whom God used to do great things. Someone said, “The men who conquered the world were men the world could not conquer.” One of these seemingly-insignificant men was a man named Barak. Barak is presented to us as a man of faith. “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae” (Hebrews 11:32a). Paul refers to four notable men of faith found in the book of Judges. Barak is one of these men.

We see Barak’s induction.

“And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the Lord God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?” Barak had a calling from God to stand in the gap for God and Israel. Judging from Deborah’s question to him, he had received this call previously, but declined to step up. The call of God is a privilege. The call of God comes in private. The call of God involves our performance. At a critical time in Israel, Barak is called and inducted to serve the Lord. We must remember that the call of God is a privilege in serving Him.

We see Barak’s instruction.

“Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun? And I will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand.” The instructions given to Barak included the “what,” “how,” and “where.” The gifts and calling of God are without repentance. God knows what we can do and what we can’t do. God gives clear instructions so that we do not go and do what we are not supposed to do. God instructed Barak on how victory over Sisera would be accomplished. Listen, not only for the calling, but also for plan on how to get it done.