Title: Part 3
Date: July 9-10, 2016
Speaker: Geoff and Sherry Surratt
Unlikely Superheroes – Ordinary people who do extraordinary things
· God warns Israel
· Israel does what God warns against
· Things go badly
· God rescues Israel
Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. Judges 4:4
· Whoever he wants
· Whenever he wants
She held court under the Palm of Deborah…between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided. Judges 4:4
She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor. I will lead Sisera the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troups to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.” Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.” “Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the LORD will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh. There Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali, and ten thousand men went up under his command. Deborah also went up with him. Judges 4:6-10
Then Deborah said to Barak, “Go! This is the day the LORD has given Sisera into your hands. Has not the LORD gone ahead of you?” So Barak went down Mount Tabor, with ten thousand men following him. At Barak’s advance, the LORD routed Sisera and all his chariots and army by the sword, and Sisera got down from his chariot and fled on foot. Judges 4:14-15
How did Deborah succeed?
· She didn’t let society define her
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 4:10-11
· She didn’t give in to fear
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Psalm 23:4
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut 31:6.
· She relied on God
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. Romans 12:3
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:5–8.
· She focused on what she had rather than what she did not have
· She enlisted a team
· No one is disqualified
· Everyone is a potential Superhero
You are somebody! Have you accepted God’s radical verdict about you?
· Do you know of an unlikely hero? An ordinary person who did something extraordinary?
· There is a reoccurring pattern in the Bible, which includes: God warns Israel, Israel does what God warns against, Things go badly, God rescues Israel. Why do you think Israel (and us today) are so susceptible to this pattern?
· Reads Judges chapter 4
· What was Deborah’s role with the Israelites? (v. 4-5)
· What did Deborah tell Barak to do? (v. 6)
· How did Barak respond? (v. 8)
· What did Deborah say would happen because Barak wanted her to go with him? (v. 9)
· Of the reasons why Deborah succeeded, which one resonates most with you and why?
o She didn’t let society define her
o She didn’t give in to fear
o She relied on God
o She focused on what she had rather than what she did not have
o She enlisted a team
· How would you respond to the statement, “When the question is who, sometimes the answer is you.”?
· Has there been an area in your life where God has been prompting you to do something larger than you or something that creates fear in you? If so what it is?
· What would it look like for you to trust God, believe he will use you, and step out in faith to serve him?
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?