Summary: GOD’S DELIVERANCE STORY LEADS US TO DEFINING MOMENTS IN OUR JOURNEY WITH HIM.
Deborah and Barak -- Resisters and Responders
For most of us our only understanding of chariots and there use in warfare comes from movies.
Most of us have watch Charlton Heston in the chariot race in ben hur.
There is scene in the movie Gladiator that is terrifying. Maximus and the other gladiators are dressed as barbarians. They are standing in the center of the coliseum when the announcer voice sounds.
"the Emperor is pleased to bring you the LEGIONNAIRES OF SCIPIO AFRICANUS". The gates burst open as the glorius chariots explode into the arena, one at a time. Leopard skins drape the shoulders of the chariot drivers. Each chariot carries a female warrior in golden armour and golden helmet, armed with bows and wearing swords at their waists. The chariots are driven at great speed as they circle the "Barbarians" who gather in the center of the arena. Before the battle begins a chariot crushes one gladiator.
Chariots were considered the ultimate weapon in the ancient world. Though initially viewed as an instrumental weapon of terror at the forefront of any advancing army, the chariot was also a battlefield "clean up" weapon used to decimate routing enemy. In ancient times, most casualties - occurred when one army made the terrible decision to run from the battle as this was the moment that their pursuers could wreak havoc on the confused lines in retreat.
It is these terrifying weapons that play a significant role in the next chapter of God’s deliverance stories in the book of judges. It would make a great movie. It’s got powerful characters, intrigue, an underdog army, and incredible victory. But unlike many of the drama of the chariots race in ben hur, this drama really took place. And in it its drama we will discovery our next lesson in our own deliverance story.
GOD’S DELIVERANCE STORY LEADS US TO DEFINING MOMENTS IN OUR JOURNEY WITH HIM.
I. Key Verse
2 "When the princes in Israel take the lead, when the people willingly offer themselves- praise the LORD!
4:1 After Ehud died, the Israelites once again did evil in the eyes of the LORD. 2 So the LORD sold them into the hands of Jabin, a king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth Haggoyim. 3 Because he had nine hundred iron chariots and had cruelly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years, they cried to the LORD for help. NIV
III. The Players
God is advancing his kingdom and individuals are going to discover her defining moment in it.
A. Deborah -- Lady Leader
Anoints a leader & sees a plan.
4 Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. 5 She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided. 6 She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, "The LORD, the God of Israel, commands you: ’Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead the way to Mount Tabor. 7 I will lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.’"