Saturday, June 28, 2014

Deborah and Barak Sunday School Lesson

Use this Deborah and Barak Sunday School lesson to teach children about the judge Deborah.

 

Needed: Bibles


Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Tell students, I want to play a game with you today. I want you to think of as many good, men leaders in the Bible as you can. Whoever can think of the most good, men leaders from the Bible wins. Ready, go! Shout them out! (Examples could include leaders like Joseph in Egypt, Moses, Joshua, King David, Solomon, Josiah, Daniel the prophet, Ezra the priest, Nehemiah the governor, Jesus and the Apostles, as well as others. As students call out the names, write them on the board.)

Now I want you to think of good, women leaders in the Bible. Go! (Examples could include Moses’ sister Miriam, Queen Esther, and others. The point is that students should be able to think of more men leaders than women leaders.)

Even though our list shows more men leaders than women leaders, our story today shows that God can work through women just as much as He can through men.

(Summarize Judges 4, asking questions as you read.)

When the judge Ehud died…

Who was Ehud? Do you remember? He was the man who killed Eglon, king of the Moabites, by stabbing him in the stomach with his sword and then led the Israelites in battle and defeated the Moabite army.

You remember that God had let the Moabites conquer Israel because the people of Israel had stopped believing in God and were sinning. God let the Moabites conquer them as their punishment. But then when the Israelites started praying for God to help them again, He did help them by making Ehud their leader and helping them to defeat the Moabites.

But when Ehud died, the Israelites started sinning again.

How does God feel when we sin?

God was angry that the people were sinning again so He let King Jabin, King of the Canaanites, attack and conquer the Israelites. King Jabin ruled over Israel for twenty years.

Then the people started praying to God again and God heard their prayer. A woman named Deborah was the leader of Israel after Ehud died. She was a prophet and a judge and one day, Deborah sent a message to a man named Barak. She said, “Barak, God is ordering you to take ten thousand Israelite soldiers and go defeat the Canaanite army. God will make it so that you will win the battle.”

But Barak said, “Deborah, you have to come with me to fight the Canaanites or I won’t go.”

Why did Barak want Deborah to go with him when he went to fight the Canaanites? He was afraid to go by himself.

Do you think Barak should have been afraid? No, he should have trusted that God would be with him and would help him. God already said that He would make it so that Barak won the battle.

So Deborah said, “I will come with you, Barak, but since you’re acting afraid, God will use a woman to win the battle instead of you.”

Then Deborah and Barak took ten thousand Israelite soldiers and fought against the Canaanites. God made it so that the Israelites won the battle and all the Canaanite soldiers were killed. But the leader of the Canaanite army, a man named Sisera, ran away from the battle when he saw that his army was losing. He ran to the tent of a woman named Jael because he knew Jael and wanted her to help hide him. Jael told Sisera to hurry up and come in and then she hid him under some blankets so that the Israelite army wouldn’t find him.

Do you think Jael will keep Sisera safe in her tent?

Sisera fell asleep under all those blankets because he was so tired from fighting in the battle and then running away from the Israelite army. While he was asleep, Jael took a hammer and a spike and snuck up on Sisera. She hammered the spike right into Sisera’s head and killed him underneath the blankets. So God used Jael, a woman, to defeat the leader of the Canaanite army, just like Deborah had said.

Barak was afraid to go to battle against the Canaanites. Do you think we should be afraid to do something God has told us to do? No, we should trust that God will be with us and will help us do whatever He asks us to do. We don’t have to be afraid if we know God is with us. God can help us do anything.

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