Heroes & Heroines of Faith Series Part 11: Barak

Why is this guy mentioned? I’m sure you will agree with me that he isn’t as popular as the other heroes listed in Hebrews 11. On studying Judges 4, Deborah came across as someone whose name deserved to be on that list than Barak. But on a closer look, I realised that the tiny little details in Barak’s story deserved recognition. He was a warrior who wasn’t really talked about much. Oftentimes credit is given to the people who are always on the stage or who seem to be always busy. But we forget about those ones who are doing the most in the background. The ones who despite not talked about often are actually doing amazing things too. These folks are often overlooked and they rarely get recognised. This is the way human beings operate but God has shown again that He does things differently.

Deborah gave Barak a message from God telling him to take 10,000 warriors from specific tribes for war. Instantly he agrees to this but with a condition.

Barak told her, “I will go, but only if you go with me.” Judges 4:8

Reading the above verse the first time, I didn’t see someone with faith. It looked to me as though he was fearful. But as I studied the whole account of Barak, I feel this was out of respect for his boss. I will attribute his response to humility. It isn’t a sign that he had no faith. It seems to me that he didn’t want to take the glory for success afterwards. The proof of this will be revealed later.

I believe he saw the anointing of God on Deborah and asking her to go with him was more of him wanting someone to work with.

As as result of the above, I believe him agreeing to go for that battle was an act of faith. He believed the words God spoke through Deborah.

In verse 14, Deborah tells him to get ready to fight because the Lord is giving the enemies into his hands. He believed. He didn’t question any of the words that came from the prophet. Not only did he believe but he acted accordingly.

When he was told that the honor of the fight will go to a woman, it didn’t bother him. He could have questioned why this was happening. He could have gotten angry. Like why should he go do all the work when someone else is taking the credit for it? The fact that he was more focused on carrying out the assignment God gave him, for me is a sign of humility.

As I studied about Barak, I realised that a lot isn’t said about him before and after Judges 4. He doesn’t come across as someone who wanted to make a name for himself. The beauty of it all is shown in Judges 5 where he returns all the glory to God and also praised the woman who killed Sisera. He was a man who heard the word, acted on the word and left the scene after his assignment. I believe his humility, meekness and obedience which is an act of faith made him appear on the honours list.

It’s interesting to see how God cares about the little details. I love the balance of the heroes and heroines mentioned in Hebrews 11. It goes to show that God notices even the minute things we overlook. He looks at our hearts and the motives behind what we do.

Although there isn’t much to talk about with this character, I have sure learnt a lesson from him and as a result I have decided;

  • To always check my motives in all I do.

Do you agree with my stance on Barak?

What do you think about his response to Deborah? Do you think it was an act of humility or fear? I would really love to know your view on Barak. Please let me know in the comment section below.

It’s always humbling to know you are reading my blog. Thank you so much for all your encouragement and comments especially with this series. I am always grateful to God whenever I read and get messages on how any of my blogs have ministered to someone. Thank you!

I have created a separate category for this series. Please click on it to read about Gideon, Rahab, Moses, Joseph, Jacob, Isaac, Abraham and Sarah, Noah, Enoch and Abel.


See you next time as we look at why Samson made it to the list of the heroes in Hebrews 11.

God bless you!

11 thoughts on “Heroes & Heroines of Faith Series Part 11: Barak

  1. This is definitely a more humble view of Barak. I think, personally, he did have some faith issues, as many did in the Old Testament, and a woman is risen up because man did not step up. Given the time period, it would be rare to find a man put so much trust in a woman, which is why I think he may have been fearful. Nonetheless, I really like your take on this! You take the time to really think about it, and add a nice perspective.

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    1. Thanks for your comment sis. I see where you are coming from and that was how I used to view him. His story was quite short and I think that makes it not so easy to decide too. It could be that he was fearful but as I studied the story, I wasn’t sure how he acted on faith going by that view since that there was no where he corrected that move. What do you think? 🙂

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      1. I will say, I think he had faith, but not enough. I think kinda like with people of Moses or Joshua, they struggled with faith, but they had faith in their leader. They admired their leader’s faith. I think Barak did believe in Deborah, as she was chosen to be a judge, which is definitely a huge deal. The book, exactly as you say, doesn’t give us enough context on his feelings or why he struggled (?). From other leaders/people chosen to do something on their own, I think in all times they struggle with the task they are told it is because they have struggled in some way to believe it will happen. GIdeon being a good example.

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      2. I see what you mean. It could have been. Yea he sure had faith in his leader but the reason behind his response isn’t very clear. Although Gideon struggled, there were instances were we could see his faith in action after he wavered in faith – like when he destroyed Baal knowing fully well what the consequences of that would be. This was also shown when he went ahead to fight with the small number of armies he had. So for his case, we can see when he was weak and when he became strong. However the same cannot be said of Barak. Yea the brief content about him makes it not so clear.
        Thanks again for you insightful comment. I really appreciate it sis 🙂

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      3. Me too, I love our discussions! Gideon had to be strengthened, not after all God had shown him prior, but only after God told him go to the enemy camp, take someone if you are fearful, and listen. And Gideon did take someone with him, which is why I see a connection to Barak.

        I love how God used (whatever it was) for Barak to lift up a woman, especially in a day and age when women didn’t have that kind of ministry being given to them. I feel like there are times God is so compassionate and reaching out to women when the men didn’t.

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      4. Good point sis! I agree God was teaching the Israelites something about women in that season too. We thank God for those women who paved the way for us. You are loved sis❤️

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  2. Such a great post, Efua. I liked when you said, “He was a man who heard the word, acted on the word and left the scene after his assignment. I believe his humility, meekness and obedience which is an act of faith made him appear on the honours list.”

    Those keywords: “Heard the Word” and “Acted on the Word” should show us as Christians a sense of humility that Barak displayed. He asked for Deborah to come along with Him because; in my opinion, he didn’t want to become arrogant and believe that he did everything by himself.

    I believe that he should be among the heroes and heroines of Faith “Hall of Fame”

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I think he is a great example of someone who got honour as a result of his humility.
      “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.” 1 Peter 5:6.

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  3. Melina

    Because Barak would not go to battle without Deborah, the honor of victory did not go to him, but rather to “a woman” (Judges 4:9). Great faith , trust , respect and humility.Thanks Efua for sharing .

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