Self of Nothing

Judges 4:1–24; 2 Samuel 6:12–22; Psalm 18:20–29

Many have often condemned Barak as a coward who hides behind a woman’s skirt (so to speak). What if there is something else at play?

However, in the time of the Book of Judges, a lot was lost (and so very quickly, too). Perhaps, as a matter of morale and tics, Barak wanted Deborah there as the symbol. Barak could have been doubtful of his military , so wanted backup ().

Regardless, it is Barak’s lack of a to Deborah’s “penalty” that is our focus. Basiy, Deborah told Barak that he would not get the glory of dealing with Sisera (the enemy leader) and that it would be given to a woman (a dig in a patriarchal society).

Whether it was acceptance or tolerance, Barak’s lack of shows a greater concern for the of the battle, rather than the resulting glory. Some it cowardice. Some it degrading. Some it humility.

Humility does not just take one form. Whether you believe the Barak was weak, scared, or lacking , how many people hide those ex things behind a façade of bravado? Not hiding it, is often a sign of humility.

Sometimes humility is what you are willing to do and be in public. David’s dancing in public to display joy in front of the people must have been something to watch. Was it because of how he was dressed? Was it because he didn’t refined?

His goal wasn’t the eyes of humanity, it was the eyes and t of . Yet, his first wife either tried to shame him or was ashamed of him.

David would not accept that. He understood that whatever her issues were, they were nothing in comparison to bringing glory to .

It is interesting to realize that David didn’t say, “that wasn’t embarrassing!” He said that his personal honor and pride are not important when compared to the glory of .

Two different men, with two different forms of humility. These are not the only forms of humility. It can play out in many ways in our lives. One person’s humility may seem like nothing to another. This is why true humility is between a person and .

Humility is something we should all seek. As the person we Lord and Savior was humble enough to touch the outcast, broken, dirty, and then die for all, humility is a chareristic of a of Jesus.


Holy Spirit, guide our ts and souls to greater depths of humility, even while knowing that the humility of Jesus is deeper still. Amen.


1) Who is the humblest person you know? What makes them humble?

2) Name the ways Barak and David were humble. What are other means of humility?

3) Why is humility so important to ing the Kingdom of ?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.