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Bible Commentaries

Bell's Commentary on the Bible

Judges 5

Verses 1-31

  1. SONG OF VICTORY (Ch.5)
    1. Poetry of ancient Israel (and their neighbors) was characterized by a compositional technique called parallelism, where the 2nd of 2 lines amplifies the 1st in content, word, or idea.
      1. This poem helps us to reach out & touch Israel in a way only brought about by story
    2. There are 4 parts to this poem: Introductory Hymn of Praise (1-5) Situation before the Deliverance (6-8) Rallying of some Tribes & the Rebuke of others (9-18) The Victory (19-31)
      1. It expresses a deep passion for God & His people. And when God acts, nature itself responds by fighting for Israel (20,21).
      2. All Israelite poetry starts with praise to God. Then tells the story in such a way that it would be easy to recite at special gatherings or even around the watering holes(coolers) for generations (10,11).
    3. Begins & ends with a mothers heart (see 7,28).
    4. Lessons:
    5. Who was the real architect behind Israel’s Victory? - The battle belongs to the Lord.
      1. What practical application does that have to us today? a) But Brian, you don’t see the 900 iron chariots I’m facing.
      2. Ex.14:13,14 And Moses said to the people, Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.
    6. By God still using Barak & giving him victory...what insight does this give us into God’s willingness to bear w/our human frailty?
    7. How women can encourage men - in the Lord.
      1. Point your man to God. Not, point out all his weaknesses.
    8. Why didn’t the whole community come together? 6 praised, 4 tribes stay behind.
      1. What is named in the 4 tribes backsliding? [Reuben/indecision. Gilead/stayed away from the fight. Dan remained at ease. Asher kept fishing. ]
      2. What parallel spiritual consequences are found in the life of the backsliding Christian? [same list above]
      3. Read 5:2 again...willingly offer themselves.
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Bibliographical Information
Bell, Brian. "Commentary on Judges 5". "Bell's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/cbb/judges-5.html. 2017.