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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL LESSON THIRTY-SIX SUNDAY 9TH MAY 2021
TOPIC: DEBORAH THE WARRIOR
SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.
2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Thy friend friendship suits me well,
Both young and will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.
3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.
4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee
5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.
6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?
MEMORY VERSE: “And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time”. — Judges 4:4
BIBLE PASSAGE: JUDGES 4:1-22
When Ehud was dead, the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD.
So the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The commander of his army [was] Sisera, who dwelt in Harosheth Hagoyim.
And the children of Israel cried out to the LORD; for Jabin had nine hundred chariots of iron, and for twenty years he harshly oppressed the children of Israel.
Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging Israel at that time.
And she would sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the mountains of Ephraim. And the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.
Then she sent and called for Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, “Has not the LORD God of Israel commanded, ‘Go and deploy [troops] at Mount Tabor; take with you ten thousand men of the sons of Naphtali and of the sons of Zebulun;
‘and against you I will deploy Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude at the River Kishon; and I will deliver him into your hand’?”
And Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!”
So she said, “I will surely go with you; nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking, for the LORD will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.” Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.
And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; he went up with ten thousand men under his command, and Deborah went up with him.
Now Heber the Kenite, of the children of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, had separated himself from the Kenites and pitched his tent near the terebinth tree at Zaanaim, which [is] beside Kedesh.
And they reported to Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor.
So Sisera gathered together all his chariots, nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people who [were] with him, from Harosheth Hagoyim to the River Kishon.
Then Deborah said to Barak, “Up! For this [is] the day in which the LORD has delivered Sisera into your hand. Has not the LORD gone out before you?” So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand men following him.
And the LORD routed Sisera and all [his] chariots and all [his] army with the edge of the sword before Barak; and Sisera alighted from [his] chariot and fled away on foot.
But Barak pursued the chariots and the army as far as Harosheth Hagoyim, and all the army of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; not a man was left.
However, Sisera had fled away on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite; for [there was] peace between Jabin king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.
And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said to him, “Turn aside, my lord, turn aside to me; do not fear.” And when he had turned aside with her into the tent, she covered him with a blanket.
Then he said to her, “Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.” So she opened a jug of milk, gave him a drink, and covered him.
And he said to her, “Stand at the door of the tent, and if any man comes and inquires of you, and says, ‘Is there any man here?’ you shall say, ‘No.’ ”
Then Jael, Heber’s wife, took a tent peg and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple, and it went down into the ground; for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.
And then, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said to him, “Come, I will show you the man whom you seek.” And when he went into her [tent,] there lay Sisera, dead with the peg in his temple.
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Deborah, the wife of a man called Lapidoth was a prophetess and a judge of Israel. She lived in the 12th century BC and held her court under a tree called “the palm of Deborah” in Ephraim. Deborah’s story is found in Judges, chapter 4 and 5. Her story emphasizes God’s willingness to use men and women alike.
1. CHARACTER AND ACHIEVEMENT
2. LESSONS FROM DEBORAH’S LIFE
CHARACTER AND ACHIEVEMENT
Apart from being an exceptional woman, we can say the following about Deborah. She had confidence in God and this made her bold enough for what seems like a deadly assignment (Judges 4:6-7; Psalm 118:9). She judged under a palm tree, a setting which Rabbinic tradition maintains, that validated her fairness, openness and refusal to show partiality (Judges 4:5). She was considerate in her leadership role. She understood Barrack’s plight in refusing to go to battle alone against Jabin’s without her ( Judges 4:8-9).
Deborah was the only woman in the Bible to hold the position of a prophetess and judge of Israel at the same time. When Deborah became judge, the Israelites had been subjected for 20years by Jabin, king of Cannan. She was relevant both in civil and religious affairs (Judges 4:4). She served during a time when none of the men were willing to lead. She was a successful judge and wife. The triumphant song of Deborah is one of the most ancient literary pieces in the Bible (Judges 5: 1-31). Under her guidance, barrack conquered Sisera’s army and delivered Israel from the oppression of the Canaanite King, Jabin. The Lord used her to set her people free.
LESSONS FROM DEBORAH’S LIFE
God often calls people to step out in faith to attempt the unexpected which may require great risk and effort on our part (Judges 4:6-7; 2 Corinthians 5:7). If God has a work for us and we turn it down, He will find someone else to do it (Judges 4:6-9). God’s work, when it is done in God’s way, brings triumphant songs (Judges 5). God often used unlikely people and sources to accomplish His plans like He used Jael (Judges 4:21; 1Corinthians 1:27). We can see that God’s power is what matters, regardless of the instrument He chooses to use. Men or women, strong or weak, confident or hesitant – all are strong when they are moved by God’s Spirit and filled with His strength (Proverbs 21:31).
God is willing to use you if you make yourself available.
1. Mention the characters and life achievements of Deborah
2. What lessons can believers learn from her life?