Judges 3 - In these chapters you will be introduced to the first five judges. Remember, the judge was an overseer who sought to bring Israel back to their spiritual senses. These men and women understood that God meant what He said that if Israel disobeyed Him and followed other gods they would suffer at the hands of their enemies. God raised up Othniel, Ehud and Shamgar as recorded in chapter three. Pay attention to each judge's character and contribution to the nation.
Judges 4 - This chapter presents Deborah, a female judge, and one of the few women in the Bible given a strategic role in spiritual leadership. She appeared to take her position seriously and she led others to learn to trust God. Her role was to encourage a general, Barak by name, to take charge of his army. Barak is a judge as well, but he recognized that Deborah seemed to have a greater influence over the outcome of the coming battle and he insisted that she come to the conflict. She, in turn, told Barak that the ultimate victor in this battle would be a woman. Read the chapter to see how that happened.
Judges 5 - Several chapters in the Bible are devoted to songs. Remember Deuteronomy 32, the "Song of Moses"? Now we have the Song of Deborah as she celebrates the victory over the enemy and their commander Sisera, in particular. Notice how she commends those tribes that helped in the battle but she sternly criticizes those that "stayed home." She ended the song with a rebuke to Sisera's mother.