Sunday, June 5, 2016

Omer 2016 Day 44: Deborah


Day 44: Gevurah in Malchut, Justice in Leadership

"[Deborah] summoned Barak son of Abinoam, of Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, 'The Lord, the God of Israel, has commanded: 'Go, march up to Mount Tabor, and take with you ten thousand menof Naphtali and Zebulun. And I will draw Sisera, Jabin's army commander, with his chariots and his troops, toward you up to the Wadi Kishon; and I will deliver him into your hands.'"

But Barak said to her, 'If you will go with me, I will go; if not, I will not go.'

'Very well, I will go with you,' she answered. 'However, there will be no glory for you in the course you are taking, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.'" (Judges 4:6-9)
Who could better represent justice in leadership than Deborah, the judge and prophet who led the Israelites back to God after they had gone astray and worshiped idols?

As we know, Yael had the pleasure of defeating Sisera, just as Deborah prophesied.