Text: John 15:5 ” “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
This topic is derived from a lesson learnt in the Barak & Deborah story shown in Judges 4:1-end.
Characters in the story:
- Israelites (God’s Children)
- Jabin (Canaanite King)
- Sisera (Canaanite Chief Army Officer)
- Barak (Israelite Army Commander)
- Deborah (Israelite Judge & Prophetess)
What did the Israelites do?
- They intermingled with strange gods and intermarried with foreign women (Judges 4:1; 3:5-6)
What did God do?
- He punished them in the hands of Jabin (4:2)
For how long did they suffer under Jabin?
- 20 years (4:3)
How could the Israelites be redeemed?
- Through their return to God (4:3).
Who were the 2 possible liberators of Israel?
- Deborah & Barak
What power did Barak have?
- Military might
What power did Deborah have?
- Spiritual might (a prophetess – vs. 4)
From the conversation between Deborah & Barak, what can we learn?
- Recognized the need for humility: Barak recognized that (4:6-10); acknowledgment of God
- Barak obeyed without query; the power of God is not gender-specific.
- Diligence is crucial to leadership (Deborah was judge, wife, prophetess)
- Barak acknowledged that his military Power without God is useless (vs. 8)
- This reminds us of Moses’ attempt to fight for the Israelites using his own strength, he couldn’t do it (Exo. 2:11-15), until God became involved (Exo. 3:1-12)
- When God is involved, there is revelation (4:14)
- When God is involved, He helps put our enemies to flight (4:15-16).
- When God is involved, battle is easily won (Sisera was killed by Jael who was not even involved in the battle – 4:17-24).
- Lord, raise a Deborah (the spiritually sharp, knowledgeable, inclined) for me and my household – who will always tell us your mind.
- Raise Deborah’s for our nations- who will always tell us the mind of God, to help deliver us from oppression.
- Lord, raise me up as the Deborah of my household, community and the nations.