Wimps of the Bible:  Barak and Jael (part 3)

Wimps of the Bible: Barak and Jael (part 3)

For the last couple of posts, we’ve been looking at the story of Barak.  Though he followed God’s plan his hesitancy allowed a woman to receive credit for ultimately killing the leader of the opposing army. When I read the end of the story, I was surprised that Jael...
Wimps of the Bible: Barak (part 2)

Wimps of the Bible: Barak (part 2)

As we saw last time, Barak was a commander in the Israeli army at the time when Deborah was a judge.  He was a hesitant and that cost him a bit of glory, but there is much we can learn from his brief appearance in the Bible. Hesitation = opportunity lost.  Barak did...
Wimps of the Bible: Barak (part 1)

Wimps of the Bible: Barak (part 1)

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...
Wimps of the Bible:  Rahab (part 3)

Wimps of the Bible: Rahab (part 3)

I wasn’t quite ready to leave the story of Rahab.  One thing that struck me as I was reading her story was the similarities between Rahab’s situation and Lot’s situation. Both were living in cities that were about to be completely destroyed Both invited strangers into...
Wimps of the Bible: Rahab (part 2)

Wimps of the Bible: Rahab (part 2)

At first glance, Rahab didn’t really do much.  She told a little lie and hid a couple of spies on her roof.  Big deal.  But her actions set in motion the Israelis victory over Jericho, saved her family and, earned her place in the lineage of Jesus.  There is so much...
Wimps of the Bible:  Rahab (part 1)

Wimps of the Bible: Rahab (part 1)

The character we’ll look at today is more of a weakling of society than an actual wimp.  In fact her actions make her anything BUT a wimp; it is Rahab, the prostitute who hid Joshua’s spies. The story of Rahab is told in the book of Joshua chapters 2 and 6.    The...