Book of Judges Chapter Four
(Part Two)

Introduction: A key idea in the book of Judges is that God blesses obedience and punishes disobedience. Today, we hope to discuss the Canaanite oppression and deliverance by Deborah and Barak.

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Read Judges 4:8-16

1. The Story (continued). Barak refused to go without Deborah. Deborah consents to go with Barak. She tells him that she would get the honor, if she went with him. In the book of Judges God gives favor to Barak in defeating the enemy. 

Applications –

- Being confident in God’s presence. Notice in vss. 8-10 that Barak refused to go to battle without Deborah. But at least he went with her.

First, if he refused to go because he was afraid of confronting the enemy, even though God was still with him that is not good. As believers, we should be more concerned with God being with us than with people being with us.

Second, we should give Barak some credit for going with Deborah. There are too many people who will not go with or without human support. More specifically, there are too many men who will not serve without women and will not serve with them.

Let’s work on serving the Lord with confidence in His presence. 

- Being victorious in the Lord. Notice in vss. 12-16 that God’s instructions were followed, which led to victory for God’s people and destruction for those who were not God’s people.

First, we should work on following God’s instructions, which normally come through people (e.g., Deborah and Barak). Second, God is able to conquer our enemies, even when they have 900 iron chariots or seem to be so powerful. There is nothing too hard for God.

Third, we should make sure that we are on the right side of this equation. It is better to be on God’s victorious side, instead of the destroyed side of the world.

The way to make sure that we are on God’s side is to make sure that we have accepted Jesus as our savior by faith and striving to love God and others, as we love ourselves. Let’s work on being victorious in the Lord.

Read Judges 4:17-24

1. The Story (continued). Sisera, the leader of the opposition, ran away on foot. He ended up being killed by a woman who nailed his head to the ground. God gave victory and strength to His people. 

Applications –

- God’s destruction of Sisera. Notice in vss. 17-21 that Sisera ran but could not hide from God’s punishment. In like manner, we should remember that those who have done us wrong and seem to be getting away with it, will have to answer to God, at the appointed time.

We should also remember that if we are doing wrong, God sees our sins and will punish, if we don’t repent. Let’s work on trusting God to handle evil doers and avoiding being evil doers ourselves. 

- God’s use of Jael. Notice in vss. 18-22  that God appears to use Jael’s trickery. First, it is hard to explain how God can be a part of what we see going on in Judges.

However, our greatest concern should be to make sure that we are right with God, instead of trying to explain God’s actions. Salvation through Christ and living by God’s word should be our priorities.

Second, we should also let God use us, in whatever fashion He deems appropriate. God moves in mysterious ways. Third, notice further that in vs. 17 that human friendships did not stop the punishment of God.

We should be more concerned with being right with God than with people. Let’s make sure we are right with God and open to God moving in His mysterious ways. 

- Process of conquest. Notice in vss. 23-24 that conquest was a process. They did not win all of the battles in just one fight. In like manner, we should not be surprised when we have to fight through a number of battles on our way to victory.

We should work on having the needed faith to endure battle after battle, until God gives us the final victory. Prayerful study and obedience to God’s word with the support of others can help us with our faith development.

Let’s work on developing our working faith, so we can experience the victory. 

Conclusion: Let’s work on being obedience, instead of disobedient. God has much for those who obey His will.

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