The Song Of Deborah — Judges, Chapter 5 -- By: R. D. C. Robbins

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 012:47 (Jul 1855)
Article: The Song Of Deborah — Judges, Chapter 5
Author: R. D. C. Robbins

The Song Of Deborah — Judges, Chapter 51

R. D. C. Robbins

Introductory Historical Notices

The time of the rule of the Judges is an interesting portion of Biblical history. The wanderings of the Israelites had at length ended. The Lord had dried up the waters, so that “the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan,” until all Israel had passed over, “that all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord that it is mighty.” The passover had been eaten in the plains of Jericho. There was no longer occasion for manna to descend for the sustenance of the multitudes of Israel, for they were now fed from the fruits of the Promised Land. The walled city had fallen before the compassing of the ark of the Lord, the sound of the trumpet and the shouting of the people, so that they went without hindrance and took the city, and devoted the “silver and the gold and the vessels of brass and iron “to the treasury of the Lord. Divers kings of the mountains and valleys, of the north and the south, with all their hosts, “as the sand that is upon the seashore in multitude,” had disappeared from before the face of the children of Israel, because the Lord God of Israel fought for them. Thus the land, as the promise had been made to Moses, was subdued, and given for an inheritance to Israel according to their divisions by tribes; and the land rested from war. So, says the historian: “There failed not aught of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.”

The time had arrived when a new trial awaited the chosen people of God. Moses had, sometime previously, ascended the mount and caught a distant view of the Land of Promise, and departed to his rest, and the people wept for him. But he “had laid his hands upon” Joshua, the son of Nun, who “was full of the spirit of wisdom,” and, according to his promise, God was with him as he had been with Moses, and prospered him, so that no man was able to stand before him. “Now it came to pass, a long time after that the Lord had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old and stricken in age.” Still, very much land was yet to be possessed, and the leader could not resign his office without words of encouragement and admonition to those before whom he had so long ministered, and in whose sight “the Lord had magnified him.” He was not insensible to the danger that awaited his flock, when he should be taken from them. They had long been accustomed to rely upon him and his predecessor for counsel and guidance. But now they were to have the trial of depending only upon their ...

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