May 5

The Wisdom of a deliverer
(Deborah and Barak)

Judges 4-5

Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • Judge Deborah told Barak that Go would help him defeat Canaan and their leader, Sisera.

  • God confused the Canaanite army.

  • Jael defeated Sisera.

  • God used Deborah and Barak to rescue His people.

Key Passage:
1 John 1:9a

Christ Connection:
After God’s people sinned, the judges helped God’s people obey God again. But the judges could not change the people’s hearts and make them love God. God had a plan. He sent His son, Jesus, to change His people’s hearts and save them from sin forever.

Big Picture Question:
What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.

Story Point:
God used Deborah and Barak to rescue His people.

Big Ideas:

  • God’s people asked God to save them.

  • God used Deborah and Barak to help His people.

  • God sent Jesus to rescue us from our wrong choices.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why do you think Barak wanted Deborah to come with him?

  • How do we know God won the battle for Israel and not themselves?

  • What are some ways we have seen God work for His glory and the good of our family?

Family Activities:

  • Spend time reading about other notable women in the Bible, such as Rahab, Ruth, Esther, or Mary.

  • Sing songs as a family that talk about the victory that we have in Jesus.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • Israel turned from God, and enemies attacked them.

  • The prophetess and judge Deborah called on a man named Barak to lead God’s people.

  • Barak said he would only go if Deborah went with him.

  • God used Deborah, Barak, and Jael to rescue His people.

  • Deborah and Barak sang a song glorifying God for the victory.

Key Passage:
1 John 1:9

Story Point:
God’s people repeatedly turned from Him.

Big Picture Question:
What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.

Christ Connection:
God does what is for His glory and our good. (Psalm 115:3; Romans 8:28) God fought for the Israelites and used Deborah, Barak, and Jael to defeat Canaan. In a similar way, God uses people and events to not only save us from our enemies, but to teach us about our ultimate good; salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why does God use people in His plans?

  • How can we know His plans are good?

  • What part of God’s plan benefits us most?

Family Activity:

Encourage your kids to invite friends to church. Arrange to transport those friends to church or invite their parents to come too!


Older Kids

Key Passage:
1 John 1:9

Story Point:
God’s people repeatedly turned from Him.

Big Picture Question:
What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.

Christ Connection:
God does what is for His glory and our good. (Psalm 115:3; Romans 8:28) God fought for the Israelites and used Deborah, Barak, and Jael to defeat Canaan. In a similar way, God uses people and events to not only save us from our enemies, but to teach us about our ultimate good; salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • What does it mean to give glory to God? (to acknowledge His greatness and to honor Him)

  • What happens when people reject God and live however they want?

  • How can people work together to honor God?