Answering the Call
Judges 4:1-16 And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD after Ehud died...
Today we're moving on to chapter 4 of Judges where we are introduced to our only female judge, Deborah. This account is rich with information for us to consider and learn from, so I'm going to spend three days on Judges 4. Today, we'll consider Deborah and then we'll move on to Barak and Jael. The scene for the Israelites is a tough one as we begin chapter 4. Deborah is judging Israel and the Israelites are being severely oppressed. Deborah, as judge, calls on Barak to take action, exhorting and encouraging him to do what the Lord has already laid on his heart. Barak, follows Deborah's call and the Israelites totally defeat their oppressors.
So what did you learn from Deborah today? What does this account show us about the value of encouraging others? What does this story show us about not only the value of encouraging others but being willing to step out in boldness to challenge another person to take action? Tami
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