Today’s wimp of the Bible is a rather obscure character by the name of Barak whose story can be found in Judges 4 and 5.

The book of Judges takes place during a somewhat chaotic period in Israel’s history.  It occurs after Joshua’s successful time of leadership and before the establishment of the monarchy.  We first meet Barak in Judges 4:6 when the military commander is summoned by Deborah the judge/prophet.  She gives him a command from God to take 10,000 men to capture Sisera and his army.  Barak is hesitant; he said to her, ‘If you go with me, I’ll go. But if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.’ ” (Judges 4:8).  She agrees to go with him, but informs him that the price of that decision is that Sisera will be taken down by a woman.

As instructed, Barak and his men go up Mount Tabor.   Sisera gathered his men and their 900 iron chariots to pursue.  “Barak and his men raced down Mount Tabor. God brought a massive rainstorm. The ground turned to mud, bogging down Sisera’s chariots. The stream Kishon overflowed, sweeping many of the Canaanites away.”   (

“Barak’s men struck down Sisera’s army with their swords. Sisera left his chariot behind. He ran away on foot…all of Sisera’s men were killed with swords. Not even one was left.” (Judges 4:15-16).  Sisera flees to the tent of Jael, the wife of one of his friend.  She allowed him in, gave him something to drink and hid him.  Then when he was fast asleep, the drove a tent stake through his skull.


32 What more can I say? I don’t have time to tell about all the others. I don’t have time to talk about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah. I don’t have time to tell about David, Samuel and the prophets. 33 Because of their faith they took over kingdoms. They ruled fairly. They received the blessings God had promised. They shut the mouths of lions. 34 They put out great fires. They escaped being killed by the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became powerful in battle. They beat back armies from other countries.

Hebrews 11:32 – 34