Bible News: Deborah & Gideon, Part 1: Deborah


Justice-Seeking: With God all things are possible.


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Matthew 19:26

With God all things are possible.


This story is found in the book of Judges. This book tells about the time in Israel’s history after Joshua’s death and before Israel had a king. There is a recurring cycle in this book:

  1. “the Israelites once again did evil in the eyes of the Lord.”
  2. “So the Lord sold them into the hands of Jabin . . . “
  3. “they cried to the Lord for help.”
  4. “Then the land had peace forty years.”

In the book of Judges deliverance usually came in the form of a person called a “judge”who would lead Israelites to fight their enemies and to serve the Lord God.   Deborah was a prophet in Israel who was also called to be a judge. When God appointed her to fight against Israel’s oppressors, Deborah looked to Barak to lead the army in battle. But Barak was afraid and insisted that Deborah accompany him into battle. Deborah agreed, and they defeated Israel’s enemies. Deborah had more courage than Barak. Her courage was taken from her trust in God and his power. What a important lesson for all of us. When the odds seem insurmountable, we can have the courage to do the right thing because we have the power of God on our side.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. Why was Liz telling the stories of Deborah and Gideon?
A. He was doing it for a school report on some favorite people from history.

Q. Who was the commander of the enemy army?
A. Sisera.

Q. Who was the king of Canaan?
A. Jabin.

Q. Who was to lead the Israelite army?
A. Barak.

Q. Who killed Sisera?
A. A woman named Jael.


This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.


What is it about God that makes all things possible?


God created our world and so all things are under his control (Job 38 & 39). Every living thing lives at God’s command, doing what God directs it to do. Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice of his perfect life to remove the hopelessness of a life trapped in sin John 3: 16). So, it is possible for forgiveness and reconciliation with God and with each other, things that seem impossible to us. The Holy Spirit lives in God’s people making it possible for people to believe and to keep on believing even when it seems there is no visible reason to believe (1 John 5: 1-12).


Is there a place where you are being challenged to do the right thing even though it may not be popular? Talk this over with your parents and then trust in God to help you do the right thing. Do it today.
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