I Arose A Mother In Israel by Elspeth Young

I Arose A Mother In Israel

{ Deborah }
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And [Deborah] sent and called Barak...

and said unto him, Hath not the Lord God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?

And I will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand. And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.

And she said, I will surely go with thee...

Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,

Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel...

I, even I, will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel...

The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel...

Judges 4:6-9 and 5:1-3,7

The story behind I Arose A Mother In Israel

In this painting, the prophetess, Deborah stops for a moment during her preparations to accompany the Israelite captain, Barak, and his troops to battle.  Deborah knew that the Lord was ready to deliver the Israelites from the "mighty oppression" (see Judges 4:3) they had experienced because of the Canaanites.  She shares the Lord’s promise with Barak that the Lord would "deliver [Sisera] into thine hand" (Judges 4:7).

This faithful "mother in Israel" shows her great faith by her willingness to rely on the word of the Lord, to put her faith into action by encouraging Barak to do as the Lord desires, and by praising the Lord in song after the Israelites achieve victory.  She is an example of the kind of courage exemplified by many mothers who are willing, pioneer-like, to step into the wilderness of difficulty in order to guide those they love out from spiritual darkness by holding fast to the word of the Lord.

Symbolism in I Arose A Mother In Israel

Deborah is not holding the sword because she is going to fight, but, instead, to symbolize the word of God.  The Apostle Paul teaches, "the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword..." (Hebrews 4:12).  She represents all who, in faith, use the word of the Lord and His promise of deliverance as the means of victory in the spiritual battles of life.

The mountains behind her are symbolic of both the challenges the Israelites face from their oppression as well as the tender mercies of our loving Father in Heaven.  Isaiah declares, "For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace by removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee" (Isaiah 54:10).  As a covenant mother in Israel, Deborah is relying on the Lord’s promises that despite mortality’s rocky terrain of trials and thorns and thistles, He will never leave us comfortless (John 14:18).

Deborah’s clothing is loosely based on the costume seen in a figurine from about the time that the Israelites conquered Canaan.  The artifact shows a woman with a simple head wrap and long, flowing fabrics from neck to foot (see Time Life,79).  Deborah’s richly ornate and detailed costume also reminds the viewer of Isaiah’s invitation to Israel to, "Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments..." (Isaiah 52:1).  Deborah’s choice to "arise" as a mother and judge in Israel, clothed her in the beauty of faith, courage, and devotion.
© By Elspeth Young, All Rights Reserved. You may not print, copy, or reproduce this artwork or make derivative works from it without the prior written consent of the copyright holder. For permissions, please review our FAQ page.

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