Judges chapter 4
“Put bluntly, in the story, the figure of Deborah stands in the place of God. She is not only God’s servant, but God’s mouthpiece through the whole episode.
She was not a traditional judge but a prophet. She was there not to give a legal opinion but to communicate the Word of the Lord. She was not a local attorney, she was the unofficial spiritual leader at this time.
At each stage, look what Deborah does: enquiring of the Lord, initiating the campaign, strategizing, directing the meeting place and the timing, assuring the leader of her presence with him and giving him a sign- in all of these aspects from beginning to end Deborah speaks the words and fulfills the role of God himself.”