Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Shabach Hallelujah Barak: What does it all mean.

By: Cedric E. LyonsPublisher/Founder411 Sports and Entertainment

Byron Cage wrote a song and this is the chorus “Shabach Hallelujah Barak Praise the Lord”, so as I was singing this song, I was stopped in my tracks. My mind wondered as we are going through this political race. Could this really be a divine purpose sent by God? I’m a huge component of experience and our next leader of the country should be very well equipped with experience. I’m also a huge believer in faith and God’s divine purpose. I believe that God’s way’s are our ways. We don’t have a clue of what God is doing and how He goes about showing his Glory. So, I proceeded to read the word and see what does it say about the word Barak. Interesting enough, he first appears in the book of Judges with Deborah.

4) Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. 5) She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided. 6) She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, "The LORD, the God of Israel, commands you: 'Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead the way to Mount Tabor. 7) I will lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.' " 8) Barak said to her, "If you go with me, I will go; but if you don't go with me, I won't go." 9) "Very well," Deborah said, "I will go with you. But because of the way you are going about this, the honor will not be yours, for the LORD will hand Sisera over to a woman." So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh, 10) where he summoned Zebulun and Naphtali. Ten thousand men followed him, and Deborah also went with him.

If we continue to read, we find that God did hand him over the land. We also find him in 1 Samuel 11. Here we find Barak, mentioned with Jerub-Baal, Jephthah and Samuel, whom the Lord sent to be delivered to the people of Israel from their enemies. This is all very interesting, but what I find to be the most compelling is when we read Hebrews 11:32-39.

32) And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, 33) who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34) quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35) Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. 36) Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. 37) They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38) the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. 39) These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. 40) God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

If I read this correctly I see that Barak, through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.

If we believe our Bible, maybe we are witnessing what is to come in this next election. While the name is spelled different (Barack) we still pronounce it the same. And if we look at the present day Barack he talks of bringing this country (conquered kingdoms) to a different look, and bringing about justice (administered justice).

So, if we were to ask ourselves how will a man who only has 4 years in the US Senate do all these things that have been promised up to this point, maybe we should go to the later day Barak and see how he did the things he did. We will find that God delivered what He promised He would deliver. "The LORD, the God of Israel, commands you (Barack, Barak): 'Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead the way to Mount Tabor. I will lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.' "

So as I have been a component of finding the truth, maybe my praise session forwarded me the answer.Shabach, hallelujah. Barak, Praise the Lord. So, while I was praising the Lord, I heard Barak. What does it all mean? When you are at the polls Yadah means to extend your hand (to the polls). Towdah, lift up your hands, (to mark your ballet). Remember to Taquah, which means to clap your hands. Tehilah, means to sing, Halal, means to celebrate. Kara means to Dance, Dance, Dance. You have to realize that you were used by God. So, Clap your hands, stomp your feet, our God has triumphed gloriously; shabach. And don’t forget that We have got the victory, we'll shout a praise for all to see, shabach. Hallelujah Barak.

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