Family Bible Study lesson for March 7: Demonstrating Spiritual Leadership : Friday, Feb. 20, 2004
February 20 2004 by Claude Frazier

Family Bible Study lesson for March 7: Demonstrating Spiritual Leadership : Friday, Feb. 20, 2004
Friday, Feb. 20, 2004

Family Bible Study lesson for March 7: Demonstrating Spiritual Leadership

By Claude Frazier
Focal passage: Judges 4:4-10, 14-16; 5:1-2, 6-9

Be a Spiritual Leader

Judges 4:4-7

Deborah was a strong leader, though some might have thought she was "acting out of place" at that time in history. The wife of Lapidoth was also a prophetess, leader and judge who possessed insight and perspective beyond the average person.

Because she was known as a person of insight, people came to Deborah where she would sit beneath a palm tree, weighing disputes that were brought to her, giving judgments that put to use her special gifts and talents from God. She had a strong sense of justice.

Deborah was also a military and tribal leader. When Jabin, king of the Canaanites, and Sisera, captain of the Canaanite army, began to oppress Israel, she knew that they needed to be defeated.

Barak was the battle leader for the Israelites around the Canannite plain. Speaking through Deborah, the Lord instructed Barak to go toward Mount Tabor to the river Kishon and to take 10,000 men with him ready for battle. Sisera would be there with his 900 chariots of iron and his trained troops, but God promised to give Sisera into Barak's hand.

Barak apparently lacked confidence, but he trusted Deborah. He told her if she would go with him, he would go, and she agreed.

Deborah, by taking this courageous stand, showed great faith. She gave an example of being obedient to God's spirit, which teaches us to be bold and loyal to God.

Agree to Stand with Others

Judges 4:8-10

Deborah's stand encouraged Barak to do God's will. She warned Barak, however, that he could take no honor from the victory, for the Lord would sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. This woman was not Deborah but Jael, wife of a Kenite man named Heber, who had camped near Kedesh.

When Sisera was told that Barak had gone to Mount Tabor, he called his well-equipped men and proceeded to battle with the Israelites. But the Lord fought for Israel. He discomfited Sisera and his men, and when Sisera knew his army was lost, he jumped from the chariot and fled on foot.

Thinking that Heber was an ally, Sisera sought to hide out in Jael's tent. Jael extended hospitality to him and lulled him to sleep - then drove a tent stake through his temple. All this was part of God's plan for victory.

Encourage Faith -

Praise God for Victory

Judges 4:14-16; 5:1-9

For Barak, the victory was due to the Lord's "going out before him" and his obedience to God. The encouragement from Deborah and her willingness to go with Barak worked well into the victory plan. She was instrumental in causing Barak to act by her presence in going with him and delivering the direct messages from God.

Fear and lack of communication can hinder Christians from doing God's will. One committed Christian can influence another to believe and be about God's business.

Judges 5 gives us a poetic expression of praise to God for the triumph and victory that had been achieved for Israel. They portray Deborah and Barak giving God the glory for the victory, but these two individuals had made an impressive impact on the Israelities. Through their obedience, God demonstrated His power and love for Israel.

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