Book of Judges Chapter Five
(Part One)

Introduction: A key idea in Judges is that God blesses obedience and punishes disobedience. Today, we hope to discuss the song about Deborah and Barak.

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Read Judges 5:1-11

2. The Song. Deborah and Barak are singing a song, after the victory had been won. The song is to the Lord. Israel was suffering some hard times, before Deborah came as a mother in Israel.

Here in Judges there is a calling for people to consider the righteous acts of the Lord. They are to listen to the words of the songs, because the songs are about the acts of the Lord.

Applications –

- Singing unto the Lord. Notice in vss. 1, 3 that men and women ought to sing about the acts and charter of God. First, singing praises about and to God is what all believers should do. Worship is not just for women. Real men worship.

Second, the words of our songs should have meaning. We should not just sing something because it “sounds good.” We should sing those things that are “sound.” Third, we should sing unto the Lord. This means we should sing with enthusiasm and with a genuine heart.

Let’s work on singing with enthusiasm about the character and acts of God.

- Praising God about leaders and followers. Notice in vss. 2, 9 that God should be praised when leaders lead and followers willingly follow. It is unfortunate, but in too many occasions, it is hard to find leaders who are willing to step out and trust God, by giving leadership.

And it is getting harder and harder to find people who are willing to trust God enough to follow the human leaders that He has given them. When the Lord blesses us with leaders and followers that is something worthy of praising God for.

It takes God to chip through our pride and fears to get us to line up with His will for our lives. Let’s work on being the leaders and followers of God’s will that inspires the praising of God.

- Avoiding rough times. Notice in vss. 4-9 that the people of God has some rough times. One of the reasons for their rough times was their choosing new gods in vs. 8. First, no matter how saved we are, we can expect some troubles in our lives.

Second, we can expect even more trouble, when we chose to follow false gods. Some follow the false gods of money, friends, pride, and others.

Third, we are not what we say, we are what we do. Behaving like money, friends, or our pride are first priority is more telling than the words that come out of our mouths.

Let’s work on avoiding the hardships that come from disobedience, by simply trusting and obeying God’s will for our lives.

- God’s use of “mothers.” Notice in vs. 7 of Judges that God used a “mother” in Israel. There are some who behave as if God can only use men to do great things.

However, Bible readers know that God has and does use whoever He decides to use – men and women, holy and unholy, young and old. Let’s work on being open to whomever God wants to us. When we reject God’s designee, we are the ones who miss out.

- Sharing our songs about the goodness of the Lord. Notice in vss. 10-11 that everyone is to consider the acts of the Lord – those who ride and those who walk. First, no matter how high we get or low we are, we should sing praises the Lord.

Without the Lord, those who are high can be brought down or have not satisfaction, while being up. With the Lord, those who are down can be brought up or given joy and peace, while down.

Second, as there was singing about the Lord at the “watering places,” in the text, we should strive to make sure that we are sharing about the goodness of the Lord outside of our churches.

Think about how to share news about God and His goodness to those in our circle of loved ones and those we meet along our way.

Third, notice that the victory that God provided came through people who trusted God enough to obey Him. Had the people not trusted God enough to obey Him, there would have been no song.

Thus, we should make sure that we are trusting God enough to obey Him, so we can have a song of victory to sing. Let’s work on sharing our songs about the goodness of the Lord.

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

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