Read Judges 4:1-10 and Judges 5:7
There were few people left in the villages of Israel
until Deborah arose as a mother for Israel. Judges 5:7
1. What do you think life was like for a family in Israel at this time? (Judges 4:1-3)
I would imagine that it was very difficult for all of the Israelites. They had once again forgotten all that the Lord had done for them and instead of living in freedom they were once again slaves to the whims of a different ruler.
2. What was Barack afraid of? Why would having Deborah along alleviate those fears?
He was afraid of what Sisera and his 900 iron chariots could do to him and the men he went into battle with. Barack was placing his faith in what could be done in human strength…He was not placing his faith in God, the God who parted the red sea and had handed victory after victory to so many Israelites who came before him. Deborah was a woman of faith, who Barack felt would be kept safe in the hands of God, from any danger before her. He probably felt secure that if He was with her victory would be theirs.
3. In Judges 4:9, Deborah talks about honor going to a woman instead of to the men. When a woman succeeds today, how do the men around her typically respond? Why?
4. Which of Deborah’s characteristics would you most like to have? What would you do if you had that characteristic?
The strength of faith that she had in God to follow His dictates in her life, no matter what. To do what He had called her to do without hesitation or questioning His wisdom for her life. If I had the strength of her faith I would be able to look into each new day without any doubt or fear for what that day might bring to me or into the lives of my loved ones.
5. What can you do to be more like Deborah?
I need to build myself up in all areas of my life. I need to be more faithful in prayer, I need to answer the call that God has on my life to be whole…in mind, body and soul! I need to keep my eyes on Him and my life centered on putting Him first and being the example to my family and friends of a Christ-centered person.
Here are a couple of links to the story of Deborah, if you are wanting to take this study further these are some good resources to read.