Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Reading Deborah

Hi Everyone. My today was full of unexpected events - like an unexpected trip I suddenly had to take this morning ... then unexpectedly taking a wrong turn while en route... and unexpectedly finding myself lost! Isn't life like that sometimes? Thankfully I found my way home in time for class at the university, but not in time to post the next reading before now.

The next lady we are reading about is Deborah and it won't take you long. You can find her in Judges chapters 4 and 5 which are linked here.

Post your "I did it" and be ready to talk about her
on Wednesday afternoon.

101 comments:

  1. I did it. Please talk about Jael too.

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  2. I did it!

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  3. I did it. I'm glad you had a good trip.
    Rachele - IN

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  4. I read it. I'm looking forward to the discussion tomorrow. God bless you!

    Laura - NH

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  5. I did it!! Definitely looking forward to the discussion.
    Happy to hear things went well with your event.

    T&T

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  6. I read it. Look forward to your comments.

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  7. I read it!
    Connie - Canada

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  8. I did it.
    Can't wait to hear what you have to say Rachel.

    Glad you had a good trip.

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  9. I did it :) Happy things went well on your trip.

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  10. I did it... and as a "bonus" I am readng this study outloud to my husband- so we are both doing the study!

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  11. I did it. I forgot all about Jael! Was Deborah the one who called her most blessed of tent-dwelling women? I got lost during it and couldn't really tell if it was Deborah or the angel of the Lord which spoke in 5:23.

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  12. I also read Deborah, and in concordance with the first "anonymous" post, I too would love to hear your thoughts on Jael as well.

    I must say that with all of the various names of both people and places, it made for some irregularity in reading concentration, however, that makes me even more anxious to hear everyone's connotations.

    Blessings to all, <*////><

    Karyl ~ Bonners Ferry, ID
    USA

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  13. I read it. This is going to be good. Glad your trip turned out good even with it's trials.
    Lynn

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  14. I did it! Yes please tell us more about Jael. It really had me spinning can't wait until the discussion tomorrow. Glad your trip went well.

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  15. I did it - although I had to read it twice to really "get it" ;)
    And, I agree - I'd love to discuss Jael too! :)

    Pat in nYC

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  16. I did it.

    Michelle - Houston

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  17. I did it. - Sylvia

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  18. I did it! Rachel, my husband, Joey Todd, is a student of your husband's! :) Dr. Olsen told my husband about your blog site. I think this is such an incredible way for women to study the Bible together! I'm excited about becoming a part of what God is doing here! :)

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  19. Read it.

    Kathy - Richmond, TX

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  20. I did it, looking forward to the discussion tomorrow
    sharon/florida

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  21. Looking forward to your comments, if I get an opportunity to read them. Work keeps me too busy of late and I can understand your feelings when getting lost. I've read Deborah, and well-done, Jael!

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  22. Read it.
    Ingyr
    Columbus, OH

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  23. I did it!


    I'm willyv55 (in case you're wondering) I made a blog recently. I decided to open a blog to help me improve my writing.. So, not much is there but one post..

    Valencia - Charlotte, NC.

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  24. I did it. What beautiful words in Deborah's song. I don't have time now but want to reread and study it more in depth. I agree witn anonymous...let's talk more about Jael too. Have a God-filled blessed day!

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  25. I did it. Looking forward to the discussion.
    Connie - IL

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  26. I read it! I think I will re-read it, this one was a little more difficult for me. Looking forward to hearing comments. Thanks again for the opportunity to study with so many wonderful women.

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  27. I read it and I’m very excited about this Bible study! I can't wait to read the discussion.
    Elizabeth, Maryland

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  28. I read it. I had read these chapters recently, but last night Jael jumped out at me as well as Deborah. Finally, a strong woman of God doing what she is supposed to do. Roxie

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  29. i did it. i had to read it twice and still got lost. looking forward to the disscussion.
    Cassandra from VIrginia

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  30. Wow! Now those are the kind of passages that I usually get lost in...those with so many names of people, places, towns, etc. I also get lost on "songs". Thank God we have Rachel and each other to further explain this. Rachel, can you help explain the other hundreds of passages that are confusing too. HAHA LOL.

    Tina - the way I read it, an angel is talking in 5:23 but it appears to be Deborah talking in 5:24 where Jael is referenced as a blessed woman.

    Wow..Rachel, I hope you touch on that...how is someone who kills another (even a "bad" person) considered blessed?

    Can't wait...

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  31. Done.
    This week has been extremely busy for me too.

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  32. Done! I like Deborah, but Jael is very interesting. I hope she is included in your talk!

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  33. i did it.i wanna have a position like deborahs in the body of christ.

    claire,kenya

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  34. Did it! Thanks again for leading this study! You are making a difference for so many. Deb

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  35. I did it! Corvallis, OR

    Yes, please let's talk about Jael too.

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  36. I read it. I agree we should also discuss the courageous Jael. Have a blessed day...grace and peace
    Linda-Columbus OH

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  37. I did it.

    Traci WA

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  38. I read it. Deborah and Jael are two amazing women.

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  39. I did it!
    Sarah - Bolivia South america

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  40. I read it. Thank you so much for the investment of your time for this study!

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  41. I read it. Looking forward to your comments.

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  42. I did it. I had to read chapter 5 2x. That song was confusing for me. I can't wait for the discussion. How brave was Jael?

    God Bless You All,
    Dana

    P.S. Son got a job today. I have been praying for a job better than any he has ever had and one that would put him in a position to give God the Glory for many things.
    Thanks for all your prayers. He is blessing us.

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  43. I read it! I also hope will talk about Jael.
    Thanks Rachel for doing this study. I'm always excited to see what we will be reading and studying next.
    Paula - UT

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  44. I read it.
    Even though I had read this story before it still came as a shock when Jael killed Sisera.
    Really looking forward to your wise insights into this story from God's word. I too can't wait to get online each day and read the passage or the thoughts on it.
    Blessings
    Sandra - England

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  45. I read it -- got a little lost in the song, too. I mostly stumbled trying to figure out how the events in Chapter 4 lined up with the song in Chapter 5.

    Looking forward to your insights, Rachel!

    Laurie in Ithaca, NY

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  46. I am sorry but I have to confess .... my eyes glazed over on the prayer ... didnt get the gist of it..

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  47. I read it!

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  48. Read it and must admit, had never read this one before!

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  49. I read it!

    God Bless!
    Linda - NC

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  51. I totally agree with "Sweetpea" regarding the numerous names of people and towns creating confusion when trying to decipher pronunciations, relationships and locations. It makes it more difficult to concentrate on the actual message itself.

    Also, although I understand Jael's reasoning for her actions, I think she could have accomplished her goal in a less "gruesome" manner! Seems that she would have had to have had a "hardened heart" to execute Sisera's demise in such a fashion. I should think that a severe blow on the head with a blunt object would have done the job satisfactorily! Leads me to wonder if bloodshed was considered more
    "heroic" or "significant" in biblical days, perhaps in conjunction with the sacrificial lamb and the blood of protection during Passover. Hmmm.....something to think about!

    I am really looking forward to Rachel's opening discussion and thoughts on the subject.

    Blessings to all,

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    Karyl ~ Bonners Ferry, ID
    USA

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  52. I did it...also had a hard time keeping up with all the names and places...am excited to read your discussion, Rachel! Thanks again for all your effort in providing this study for us, and thanks to Connie and JoAnn and all my other sisters in Christ for your prayers on my behalf.

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  53. I did it! I have to admit like some of the others before me I did get a little lost in the song. I remember Jael from the bible course I took last year though. Looking forward to reading your insight tomorrow! :)

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  54. I read it and I must admit I was getting lost with all the names and places with all the pronuciations. It makes it harder for me to concentrate. Sounds like I'm not the only one, thank goodness! Looking foward to your insight!
    ~ Christi in Leander, TX

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  55. I did it.
    Jo Beth

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  56. I did it. Can't wait to hear about another Deborah.

    Deb - Ohio

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  58. I read it. I found it to be a bit confusing with the names and places. I had to re-read it in another bible translation. At first I thought it was just me, being new to the whole bible study thing. Then after reading some of the posts, I felt a little better. I can't wait to read Rachel's insight. (New York)

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  59. Read it!
    Debby - ND

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  60. read it - can't wait for the discussions
    Debbie - New York

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  61. I read it today.. Very powerful...

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  62. I read it, a day late now but
    I read it!
    Leisha/AL

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  63. I read it--loved her AND Jael! :o)

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  64. I did it... a few days late but I'm sticking with it!

    For some reason, when I open Rachel's blog it is still on "Thanks for Praying". I just now got the reading assignment...

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  65. Belatedly read it!

    Rica~ WP, Florida

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  66. i read it.

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  67. Two days late, but I read it in NC.

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  68. I just got this post today and finally read it. God Bless, Josie

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  69. I finally did it and find the fact that a woman was "in charge" somewhat disconcerting given the male dominance of that point in history. Was it usual for women like Jael to invite a man into a tent and then murder him? And in such a gruesome manner!
    God bless you for making us read passages that we probably wouldn't otherwise know about -- takes me back to scripture lessons in school in the 50s!

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  70. i did it thank you rachel I.V. lubbock texas

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  71. I read it today, I was still going to March and didn't realize we were on April, thought there was something wrong, I will catch up.

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  72. I did it! It took me almost a week to, but I did it!

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  73. ginger- mid IllinoisApril 07, 2008

    I did it! (finally)
    gotten a little behind, but i'm catching up!
    The cities and names were a bit confusing for me, but i made it through- am anxious to read everyone's thoughts! And Rachel,
    can't wait for you to translate!
    thanks for your service!

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  74. i did it

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