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Deborah: Deborah, means a bee. Jabin, the king of Hazor, had for twenty years held Israel in degrading subjection. The spirit of patriotism seemed crushed out of the nation. In this emergency Deborah roused the people from their lethargy. Her fame spread far and wide. She became a "mother in Israel" (Judges 4:6) and "the children of Israel came up to her for judgment" as she sat in her tent under the palm tree "between Ramah and Bethel." 
    Preparations were everywhere made by her direction for the great effort to throw off the yoke of bondage. She summoned Barak from Kadesh to take the command of 10,000 men of Zebulun and Naphtali and lead them to Mount Tabor on the plain of Esdraelon at its north east end. With his aid she organized this army. She gave the signal for attack and the Hebrew host rushed down impetuously upon the army of Jabin, which was commanded by Sisera and gained a great and decisive victory. The Canaanitish army almost wholly perished. That was a great and ever memorable day in Israel. This was the first great victory Israel had gained since the days of Joshua. They never needed to fight another battle with the Canaanites -Judges 5:31. In Judges 5 is given the grand triumphal ode, the "song of Deborah," which she wrote in grateful commemoration of that great deliverance. Anna, Huldah and Miriam are the only others who bear the title of "prophetess" (a speaker who prophesies).

Divination: from Easton's Bible Dictionary: "of false prophets (Deuteronomy 18:10,14; Micah 3:6,7,11), of necromancers (Deuteronomy 18:11-– "one who interrogates the dead {as some modern day psychics do})," as the word literally means, with the view of discovering the secrets of futurity-(the future)--1Samuel 28:7,8), of the Philistine priests and diviners (1Samuel 6:2), of Balaam -Joshua 13:22. Like in all things, there is a true and an erroneous side. 
    Three kinds of divination are mentioned in Ezekiel 21:21, by arrows, consulting with images (the teraphim), and by examining the entrails of animals sacrificed. The practice of this art seems to have been encouraged in ancient Egypt. Diviners also abounded among the aborigines of Canaan and the Philistines -Isaiah 2:6; 1Samuel 28th chapter
    At a later period multitudes of magicians poured from Chaldea and Arabia into the land of Israel and pursued their occupations, such as consulting the dead -Isaiah 8:19; 2Kings 21:6; 2Chronicles 33:6. This superstition widely spread, and in the time of the apostles there were "vagabond Jews, exorcists" (Acts 19:13) and men like Simon Magus (Acts 8:9), Bar-jesus (Acts 13:6,8) and other jugglers and impostors -Acts 19:19. Every species and degree of this superstition was strictly forbidden by the ancient law of Moses -Exodus 22:18; Leviticus 19:26,31; 20:27; Deuteronomy 18:10,11.
   But beyond these various forms of superstition, there are instances of divination on record in the Scriptures by which God was pleased to make known his will. 
   (1.) There was divination by lot, by which, when resorted to in matters of moment and with solemnity, God intimated his will -Joshua 7:13. The land of Canaan was divided by lot (Numbers 26:55,56); Achan's guilt was detected (Joshua 7:16-19), Saul was elected king (1Samuel 10:20,21) and Matthias chosen to the apostleship, by the solemn lot -Acts 1:26. It was thus also that the scapegoat was determined -Leviticus 16:8-10. The scapegoat was an annual means for man to experience relief from the guilt he experienced under the Old testament law. God never wanted man to feel guilty, yet many churches today preach a small gospel exclusive of the freedom God wants us to experience. 
   (2.) There was divination by dreams -Genesis 20:6; Deuteronomy 13:1,3; Judges 7:13,15; Matthew 1:20; 2:12,13,19,22. This is illustrated in the history of Joseph-(Genesis 41:25-32) and of Daniel 2:27; 4:19-28
   (3.) By divine appointment there was also divination by the Urim and Thummim-(Numbers 27:21) and by the ephod
   (4.) God was pleased sometimes to vouchsafe direct vocal communications to men -Deuteronomy 34:10; Exodus 3:4; 4:3; Deuteronomy 4:14,15; 1Kings 19:12. He also communed with men from above the mercy seat-(Exodus 25:22) and at the door of the tabernacle -Exodus 29:42,43
   (5.) Through his prophets God revealed Himself and gave intimations of His will -2Kings 13:17; Jeremiah 51:63,64."

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