Today’s passage: Judges 4:1-24
- Israel again returned to idolatry and evil. On the one hand, we can wonder how they could continue to fall into the same traps over and over. On the other hand, the nation had rest for two generations…much has changed in our culture since 1939.
- The Kenites were the descendants of Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law (Judges 1:16). However, Heber had allied himself with Israel’s enemy. This partnership only confuses the situation further as Heber’s wife ends up being the killer of his ally’s top general.
- There were 10,000 soldiers there that day, but the Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and all his army (Verse 15).
Questions to consider:
- What had God told Barak would happen? Why do you think he wanted Deborah to go so badly? What might this say about his view of God?
- Were those 900 iron chariots a match for the Lord? Why could Barak have gone into that battle with full confidence?
- How many components of this narrative seem out of order (Especially within the social customs of that day)? Who seems to be in control of the situation and the outcome?