I don’t bite, so don’t be shy! And Sisera got down from his chariot and fled away on foot, No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. And they provoked the Lord to anger, But whenever the judge died, they turned back and were more corrupt than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them, In those days there was no king in Israel. You can read the details in Judges 4:17-22. The name Deborah means "bee," but Here are some of the qualities that all of us, and women in particular, can learn from the narrative concerning Deborah. And the Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and all his army before Barak by the edge of the sword. Israel needed a strong judge and God was about to provide them with one; one named Deborah. Lest you think that Barak was some sort of spiritual wimp, note that he is listed in the great Hebrews 11 Faith Hall of Fame (See Hebrews 11:32). Here are some of the qualities that all of us, and women in particular, can learn from the narrative concerning Deborah. Jul 1, 2017 - Explore Debbie Womick's board "Deborah Bible Character" on Pinterest. Harris, J. Gordon. "Joshua, Judges, and Ruth." Why should we study her character? the significant man in her life. Deborah announced when Sisera would be delivered So when Barak wavered and said that she had to go with him or he would not go, she did not falter or begin to doubt God’s ability to fulfill his word. As a prophet, Judge Deborah was said to hear God's voice and share God’s Word with others. "judging" the people in the wilderness.). As a sister in Christ, a young woman must also respectfully challenge men to put God first when they seek her approval for an action rather than relying on God’s Word. and nurturing. Though she was a professional prophet, she spent her days "judging" Israel. Right before Barak headed into battle Deborah again declared victory, and Sisera’s army was totally routed. Deborah also continued to be respectful of God’s order after the battle was won. (5:7). Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site. The Song of Deborah (5:1-31) is probably older The final result was due to God going before them for “on that day God subdued Jabin the king of Canaan before the people of Israel. God also honors those who are courageous for as we might remember what He told Joshua “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children. Gehman, Henry Snyder, ed. Not only known for her wisdom, but Deborah was also known for her courage.She is the only woman of the Hebrew Bible who gained renown on her own merit, not because of her relationship to a man. Gospel Driven • Heart Focused • Life Changing, Three character qualities to learn from Deborah, Interviews with authors Nate Brooks & Anna Mondal, Coming Soon: ‘When Disability Hits Home’ plus five LifeLine Mini-books. go into battle. Deborah’s response to Barak indicates that she is encouraging him to do things differently and to honor God instead of seeking her approval first. A Character Study. Ministry-To-Children is a website that helps you with free Bible lessons, children's ministry curriculum, ideas for children's church and activities for kids Sunday school. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes, At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel. She is the only one acting in this legal capacity in Judges. The Song of Deborah tells what life was like ;). Hamlin, E. John. The fact that the people came to Deborah and This past Sunday we continued in our lessons on the Judges! Yes, bees are no nonsense creatures but ah…the results! “’I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the honor shall not be yours on the journey that you are about to take, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hands of a woman'” (Judges 4:9). Deborah did not lost sight of the rightful place of men to lead. She also joined Barak for a battle against the oppressive king Jabin of Canaan. Kits include instructions and extra pieces. there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel, the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals. Not because she went out and showed Barak up. “And the land was undisturbed for forty years.” (Judges 5:31). And Deborah said to Barak, “Up! For this is the day in which the Lord has given Sisera into your hand. And 10,000 men went up at his heels, and Deborah went up with him” (Judges 4:9-10) proving that Deborah was not only courageous, she had faith in the God of whom she served. '” Listen to how Barak responds: “’If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go'” (Verse 8). Other scholars Decision making is commonly seen as a kind of group effort, where opinions are sought from many sources and the goal is to find a consensus of “conventional wisdom.” However, it is infrequent for decisions, particularly those having to do with relationships, to be based upon a solid conviction concerning God’s Word. Deborah reminds Barak that his path is not a good one. Teach children about the only female judge in the Bible! Burning Bush Lesson - DO all of the above, just shorten the top of the bag - explaining God spoke to Moses while kids paste the red, yellow, and orange tray paper at the tips. Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1984. into Barak's hand. root for "speak" or "word. Does not the Lord go out before you?” So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with 10,000 men following him. God favored her and that is seen most clearly in the Bible’s last line about her ministry. Let him continue to use you for His glory. "Joshua, Judges, Ruth." The sons of Israel lined up (under her own tree no less), to have their case judged by her; her spiritual weight was evidently heavy. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, stand a little taller, your footsteps end up lighter, and in the end what doesn’t kill you makes a fighter. These VBS crafts for kids Include self-adhesive foam pieces. She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites came up to her for judgment, “summoned Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali and said to him, “Has not the Lord, the God of Israel, commanded you, ‘Go, gather your men at Mount Tabor, taking 10,000 from the people of Naphtali and the people of Zebulun. Are you a Deborah? Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. When I think of Deborah, I think of two things. We talked a bit about Shamgar...he killed 600 Philistines with an OX goad. Both women and men need courage today to stand against the cultural assault on biblical truth. And they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They were considered prophets and by consulting with God on decisions, they sought guidance through prayer and meditating on the laws of God and used this to litigate and settle disputes that often arose among the people of Israel. All we know for sure is that in the sovereignty of God, He raised her up to judge Israel at this time. Yet Deborah had the courage to believe what God said, even if the circumstances around her were less than encouraging. Hold that thought, we’ll come back to it. Deborah was plain spoken and direct, honest, decisive and courageous. The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you. Israel had only one female judge but she might have been Israel’s greatest judge of all. (All Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! And I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by the river Kishon with his chariots and his troops, and I will give him into your hand’, If you will go with me, I will go, but if you will not go with me, I will not go, I will surely go with you. And they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt.