Date: October 1, 2004

Women in The Judicial System 
I, Wisdom, give good advice and common sense. Because of my 
strength, kings reign in power, and rulers make just laws. 
I love all who love me. Those who search for me shall 
surely find me. Proverbs 8:14 & 15 
During the reign of King Jabin in Israel, a simple 
homemaker by the name of Deborah, who referred to herself 
as mother of Israel, was elected to the honored political 
position of judge. Israel's army was weak and her judicial 
system incompetent. The land lay spiritually desolate 
because of their rebellion to God's law. Yahweh, the one, 
true and living God, chose Deborah to be His deliver. 
Deborah yielded herself to God's wisdom. She commissioned 
Barak to assemble an army of 10,000 men and assisted him in 
planning a strategy used in overthrowing and conquering the 
Canaanite enemy. God intervened through an intensely 
forceful storm, overthrowing the chariots of the enemy. 
This powerful movement of God on the behalf of Israel was 
similar to His parting of the Red Sea, by the hands of 
Moses, giving victorious freedom to Israel in time past. 
God blessed them with peace for forty years. Their victory 
song can be read in Judges 5. 
On the flip side, a heathen woman named Athaliah, daughter 
of evil Queen Jezebel, infiltrated the tribe of Judah, by 
marrying Jehoram, first born son and heir to the throne of 
King Jehosaphat, a God worshipping king. She made it her 
mission to seduce family and nation into Bael worship. When 
Jehoram died at age forty, their son became king. He and 
the other sons were slain in battle with the Philistines 
and Arabians, so to steal the royal throne for herself, 
evil Athaliah had her own grandsons murdered. 
She was a bastard Queen, an evil outsider, not of the true 
lineage of David. She had stolen the throne. She promoted 
her disgusting idolatry for six years before being 
murdered, but her wicked rebellion to God had left its mark 
on the nation. 
What a contrast! A Godly woman, yielded to the Word and 
Wisdom of God can have such positive influence, while, on 
the other hand, one who is rebellious and wicked can make 
such an evil and ugly impression. You may not be in a 
position of power to that extent, but we all have a sphere 
of influence. Whether it be in the home, community, 
workplace, church or greater scope. Consider your decisions 
and the outcome. Not only personal repercussions, but 
corporately, to all surrounding and not for today, but 
generations to come. Leave a fragrant reminder and not a 
black, gaping hole in the world. 
For you whom God has placed in greater position of 
leadership and influence, remember To whom much is given, 
much is required. Nothing is to be assumed. God places 
people in positions of power and authority to accomplish 
His plan. He also removes those who hinder His plan. Be 
humble and yielded to His plan. 
Dear God, I ask for purity of motive, clarity of purpose 
and wisdom from Your Holiness. Direct me. Make me a woman 
of positive works, bringing glory to You. If there be any 
selfish way, evil motive or rebellious spirit within me, 
cleanse me, deliver me and refine me. I praise You, Most 
Holy and Righteous One. 
copyright 2003 by Lura Hoyle