1. Exposition

What should be expected after Israel's crying out?

Judges 4:4 (ESV)

4 Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time.

Steps one and two of the cycle in the judges is Israel’s oppression and their crying out. These two have happened. Next we would expect a deliverer, and a male at that. We are expecting an upright man like Othniel, or at least, a crafty man like Ehud, or even a non-Israelite like Shamgar. But what we get is Deborah.