Book of Judges Chapter Five
(Part Two)





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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Body:

Read Judges 5:12-18

2. The Song (continued). Deborah and Barak are mentioned in this chapter of Judges. There is a recollection of who participated and who did not. It appears that the people of Reuben did not participate in the battle. However, the people of Zebulun and Naphtali risked their lives.

The enemies fought against the attack. But they lost. Heaven joined the battle to defeat the enemy, when God’s people worked by faith. Meroz is cursed bitterly because they did not come to the fight.

The song goes on to talk about “blessed be Jael.” She tricked Sisera into being relaxed, so she could kill him. Sisera’s mother was ill informed about her son being late because he was enjoying the plunder of battle. The land rested for 40 years.

Applications –

- God’s record. Notice in vss. 13-18 that God has a record of who has done what. First, there are many who like to celebrate the victory, but the crowd of those who do the work that is being celebrated is often smaller. Make sure you are doing your part in the work.

Second, God’s knowing who has done what should encourage us to be faithful, even when people don’t seem to appreciate our efforts. And it should remind us that God knows who is simply more popular, not more faithful. God will bless our faithfulness. Let’s live like we trust that serving the Lord will pay off. Be faithful in your service unto the Lord.

- Victory in the Lord. Notice in vss. 19-22 that God was victorious over the enemies. First, we should make sure that we are on God’s side. We do this by accepting Jesus as our savior by faith. When we accept Christ as savior, the Holy Spirit convicts us to live in obedience to God’s will.

Second, we should remind ourselves that no matter how strong the enemy appears, God is able to give victory to His people. Let’s live like we trust God to give victory to His people. Make sure you are saved and be confident in the battles of life.

- The “do nothings.” Notice in vs. 23 of Judges that the “do nothings” were punished. First, there is a part of us that wonders, “Why were these ‘do nothings’ punished, while other ‘do nothings’ were not”? If God has not given us the answer, we may never find the answer.

Second, there is a part of us that wonders, “Why did the people not join the fight”? Did they have a problem with Deborah, as some have a problem with women in leadership today? Did they have a problem with Barak, as some have a problem with human leaders today? Were they lazy, did they want a special invitation, or where they afraid? We may never know.

Third, instead of spending energy on what we don’t know, let’s make sure we live by the clear teachings of the text. We should make sure that we are faithful in our service to the Lord, so we can be blessed, instead of punished. Let’s make sure that we move past “doing nothing” to doing our best to serve the Lord.

- Sisera. Notice in vss. 24-27 that God works in mysterious ways. Think about the strange and mysterious way that God had Sisera killed. Instead of us trying to defend or explain God’s actions, we should make sure that we are on the right side of this equation.

First, we should make sure that we are saved and striving to live lives that are focused on loving and obeying God with all that we have and loving others, as we love ourselves. Second, we should thank God that those who cause us harm will be dealt with according to God’s will.

Third, we should learn from Sisera’s example that not only does crime not pay, sin doesn’t pay. We can run for a little while, but we cannot hide from God. Let’s work on being right with God, instead of being destroyed like Sisera.

- God knows best. Notice in vss. 28-30 of Judges that the wise people gave wrong information about the whereabouts of Sisera. This should remind us that God has the final word. It doesn’t matter what people say, even wise people.

What God says should be what we use to govern our lives by. The best way to know what God says is to prayerfully study His word, the Bible. We can use wise counsel to help us understand it.

Circumstances and peace of mind are great reinforcement for our understanding. Let’s work on living by what God says, more than the “wise people” of this world.

- Peace. Notice in vs. 31 that the land had peace for 40 years. On one hand, God wants His people to have peace. He wants us to have an absence of hostility with Him and others. He wants us to have a calmness of mind.

On the other hand, we should make sure we do our part to experience peace. Our part includes making sure we are saved, striving to live by God’s word, and choosing to focus on God’s peace, instead of the distractions of our lives. Let’s focus on God’s peace.

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

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