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Verse 3:31, Here we are introduced to Shamgar, who was victorious in battle against 600 Philistines. An ox goad was about 7 to 8 feet long with a spike on one end to drive the cattle and a spade on the other. Apparently this episode left the Philistines in fear for years–1 Samuel 13:20-21.
Shamgar is mentioned because he won freedom while those around him were falling into sin and idolatry. He won because God was with him. God can turn farmers into heroes and ox goads into talismans!
What if your life were reduced to one sentence? Would it be a worthy one?
Judges Chapter 4
Verses 1-3, Here we see the Israelites revealing their true colors once the restraints have been removed. God had warned them they would face this test of heart in chapter 2:20-3:1.
Jabin may have been a descendant of the Jabin in Joshua 11:1-11. It is so sad to see this pagan stronghold of Hazor restored and its might regained because of Israel’s weakness.
They endured twenty years of suffering! Oppression and pain do not guarantee a turning from sin.
Verses 4-7, Deborah calls for Barak to stand up and fight for God, and seems to imply in verse 6 that God had already placed that desire in his heart. The Lord commands Barak to go and enlist an army of ten thousand to defeat Jabin.
Verses 8-10, Barak agrees to go as long as Deborah will come with and be his wisdom from God. It is foolish to go anywhere, or fight any battle, where God has not gone before us. Barak’s request reflects faith and wisdom, not fearfulness and unbelief. See Hebrews 11:32.
Deborah reminds Barak that the path he is traveling will not be for his own glory but for the Lord’s, which God will obtain by selling Sisera into the hands of a woman.
Verse 11-12, Compare this with 1:16. Heber’s moving north can be seen as the providence and provision of God. God wanted that tent in just the right place for Sisera!
Verses 12-16, With the knowledge that God has gone out to fight the battle before him, Barak leaves behind all his physical and tactical advantage upon the high ground and charges Sisera and his 900 chariots in faith. Barak is willing to bet his life upon the Word of God!(another reason he is in Heb. 11?)
God appears to have miraculously intervened with a storm that flooded the river and caused Sisera’s chariots to be useless. See 5:20-22.
The victory was so complete and resounding that it was to be an example to all Israel of what God could do. See Ps. 83:9-10.
Verses 17-21, It was often the women’s job to set up and take down the tents. Jael had seen Sisera and his men pass by her tent from day to day–5:30–with their slaves, plunder, and oppression. When the day came that she could finally do something about that cycle of evil, she nailed it down!
So too we ought to seek to end our cycles of compromise with a decisive strike.
Verses 22-24, God brought about a final and thorough victory against Jabin through Barak and his army.
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) is offering Sharing Hope in Crisis Student Training here at CC Philly. This training has been specially developed to equip and encourage 14- to 17-year-olds to care for their friends and peers who are struggling with a personal or family crisis, or simply going through a tough time.
Today, teens are increasingly gripped with despair and discouragement in dark and hopeless corners of life. Yet, we believe God can use teens to shine His light and share hope. “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12, NIV). This training will take students to a new level of ministry in demonstrating God’s compassion and appropriately sharing the hope of Jesus Christ with friends and peers at a difficult time in their lives. Students will also learn about opportunities to serve as student chaplains alongside the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team when deployed to major disasters.
Parents, guardians, and youth pastors are invited to attend!
Date of Seminar: Saturday, March 17, 2012
Location:Calvary Chapel Philadelphia
Address:13500 Philmont Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19166
Time:8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Cost: $10 (pay at the door)
For all those that the Lord has staying at home please think through and pray for us what Paul prayed for the Colossian believers in Colossians 1:9-17. Thanks for being a part of what the Lord is going to do on this retreat!