Perishing Enemies

Sunset over Mountain RangeFrom Pastor’s Desk:

Judges 5:31 31 “So may all your enemies perish, LORD! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.” Then the land had peace forty years.


Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, judged Israel at this time. Verse 31 is given after the song she, with Barak, one of the commanders in the army, composed and sang after a great defeat of the enemy, who, for twenty years had oppressed Israel.

Their song included a history of Israel dating back to the days of “…when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water.” Jdg 5:4 “The mountains melted from before the LORD, even that Sinai from before the LORD God of Israel.” Jdg 5:5. Continuing with accounts of victory of which the LORD accomplished at the hand of Israel, the song concludes with the first part of verse 31, ” So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might.”

Then, verse 31 ends with words of which every person who has ever been born, is living now, and will ever be, long to have: “And the land had rest…”

There are times when we long for rest. When tumultuous situations have been our lot for quite some time, during those long, tedious hours, days, months, and even years in which we bear a heavy burden of one thing or another. Heavy laden, we come to a place where we exasperatingly cry out to God for rest.

It is in then, if we, like Deborah, will reminisce of those times of victory that God has brought, that we are reminded of how great is our God. Then we can remind the devil, our enemy, of all the victories he has lost because God is still God and he’s not. After recounting all that God has done at our hand, we too can say with Deborah, “So may all your enemies perish, LORD! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.”

Have you noticed yet that she says “YOUR enemies perish, LORD?” Remember, the enemies of God’s children are His enemies. Remember also that God accomplishes that which concerns us!

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