The book of Judges is a strange period in the Old Testament. During this time, Israel falls into a repeating cycle of disobedience, discipline, and deliverance, where God repeatedly uses judges to free Israel from its oppressors.
Deborah stands out as one of the noblest of these deliverers. She is a faithful follower who trusts in God’s plan despite the doubts of those around her.
In her story, we see hints at the coming of Jesus—the true and better judge, who remained faithful in his obedience to God’s plan for our salvation.
Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the people of Israel came up to her for judgment.