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Deborah shows us that God loves to use women to lead his people, not just men!
In today’s lesson, we’re talking about a famous woman named Deborah. She was a prophet and judge. In our last lesson, we learned that judges weren’t like judges we have today. A judge spoke for God and helped the Israelites defeat their enemies. Here’s what’s cool about Deborah. She was powerful because she was chosen by God to lead the people but she was also a woman. Back in those times, women weren’t usually seen as leaders. But God used men AND women and Deborah goes down in history as one of the most famous women ever! In Deborah’s story, the Canaanites were their enemy and they had been super mean to the Israelites for a long time. They were really powerful. But God told Deborah to go to war with the Canaanites. So, Deborah told one of her leaders to gather an army and she challenged the leader of the Canaanite army to a battle. And, Deborah was right there in the thick of the battle! She was brave because she knew God was on her side. The Israelites defeated the enemy and Deborah and another woman got all the credit.