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The story follows the typical pattern of Judges, but the judge in this case is a woman. That鈥檚 unusual both in the Bible and in ancient times. Jael, another woman, is also prominent in the story, proof positive that God never viewed women as incapable! Judges 5:30 indicates that the oppression of women was a part of Sisera鈥檚 dominance of Israel. Perhaps God is teaching a lesson on how he protects the oppressed.

It鈥檚 a shame it takes oppression for the people to come to their senses about their relationship with God. We should pray we are not that stubborn!