What characteristics/adjectives come to mind for each person of the Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
Read Judges 4:1-5:4.
Verses 8 & 9 Barak says he will go attack Sisera if Debora will go with him. She replies that if she does, his glory will be given over to the hand of a woman. The glory being referred to is a victorious military leader’s right to kill the leader of his opponents. Which woman do you suppose is being referred to?
Verses 10-13 In verse 10 we’re getting ramped up for a battle. In verse 12 & 13 the battle is commencing. Verse 11 is parenthetical. Why do you suppose it’s there?
Verse 14 “Barak went down” important later
Verse 17 Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite who was introduced in verse 11. Oh!
Verse 18 What a nice woman! A tired man whose been in battle, ran for his life, and needs a place to hide come to her, and she lets him in and covers him up with a nice warm rug.
Verse 19 He’s thirsty (of course) and asks for a drink of water. She goes the extra mile and gives him milk instead (cue sleepiness for the exhausted man under a rug who has just had milk.) What a nice woman!
Verse 21 Who saw that coming?
Verse 22 Barak is already to storm in NCIS style, and then finds Sisera with a tent peg through his temple! His glory being handed over to a woman was not who he thought it was!
Chapter 5, verse 1. Turns out this is a musical, with a duet by Deborah and Barak after the battle!
Verse 4. So how did they win the battle? Barak when down (4:14) to attack the 900 chariots (4:3) and God sent rain (5:4). When it’s dry out chariots are great. But when you’re in a valley, and it’s raining, and all the rain is running down to where you are, it gets muddy, and what used to function as a swift and mighty tank, now becomes a boat anchor, and soldiers who were the NASCAR drivers of old, now have to get off their carts and engage in hand-to-hand combat, which they didn’t prepare for.
Take aways for your journal:
* God is a warrior, not a wimp.
* Jesus is God in camouflage.
* Jesus lays aside his power to show us what we could be.
* Sometimes God is sneaky.
Are you in any battles? Does it ever feel like others are out to get you? Do you ever get attacked and feel like you need a protector? What does this story teach you in those situations?
* Community Thanksgiving Service at the Methodist Church 11/23 @ 6 p.m.
* The Hanging of the Greens (decorating the church) 11/29