Deborah and Barak
“For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king. He will save us.” Isaiah 33:22
This week we continue our study of the judges as we work through the Old Testament. When God’s people were distressed by Canaan, they cried out for a judge and God sent them a judge named Deborah. Deborah obeyed God and instructed Barak to fight Israel’s enemy. With the help of a woman named Jael, Israel won the victory.
God does what is for His glory and our good. (Psalm 115:3; Romans 8:28) God fought for the Israelites and used Deborah, Barak, and Jael to defeat Canaan. In a similar way, God uses people and events to not only save us from our enemies, but to bring about our ultimate good: salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Help your children see that God uses people to bring about His perfect plan.
KEY PASSAGE: Isaiah 33:22
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- Whom does God use in His plan? God uses people in His plan.
BIBLE STORY: DEBORAH AND BARAK
- When Israel forgot about God, He allowed Canaan to overtake Israel.
- God used a new judge, Deborah, to deliver Israel.
- Deborah told Barak to get Canaan. Barak and his army defeated the Canaanites. Jael defeated Sisera.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- Why do you think Barak wanted Deborah to go with him?
- The Israelites forgot about God. Do you ever forget about God?
- Research how God used women in the Bible. Consider Ruth, Mary, Esther, Timothy’s mother and grandmother, and so forth.
- Go further: Learn about a care ministry to women in your area and how you can get involved.
NEXT WEEK “Gideon” (Judges 6–8)