And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also…
1. Barak's name signifies lightning (Ezekiel 1:13). He was a terrible lightning to Sisera, and his host. He was chosen general against the army of Jabin, king of Canaan, who had oppressed Israel twenty years (Judges 4:2, 3).
2. One infirmity is noted of him which was this, that being called of God he refused to go except Deborah went with him (Judges 4:8). This showed both diffidence in God's power and truth, and also disobedience to God's charge. But it seemeth that these came rather from the weakness of his flesh than from the obstinancy of his disposition. For he quickly recovered himself.
3. His virtues were these:(1) Prudence, in preparing an army out of those among whom he dwelt, and whom he might best command, and in whom he might best confide.
(2) Obedience, in ordering matters according to the charge given unto him.
(3) Courage, in setting upon a huge host well prepared, with so few as he did.
(4) Constancy, in pursuing the victory.
(5) Piety, in returning the praise to God.
4. In Barak's example we have a proof that such as are weak in faith may become strong.
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