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.
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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!