Here are the sermons from yesterday. We spent our time on Deborah and Jael, so here’s the links and information:
Morning Sermon Audio Link
September 29, 2013 AM Judges 4 Go with Me
Who do you need?
Who needs you?
Who do you answer to?
Who will you support?
I. Historical Situation--Relationship with the Canaanites, oppression, chariots!
A. Note: after Ehud--as if Shamgar just wasn't much to discuss
B. Generational shifts: one underlying message of Judges is the crucial, crucial task of transmitting a living faith to the next generation
II. Personalities on the ground:
A. Deborah (She gets a tree!) //Nerd Excursus: reflects, most likely, the use of a fairly contemporary source for Judges, because the Tree is still remembered or known
Non-sermonic excursus: Identity of "Lappidoth," especially in light of potential translation of "woman" in place of "wife" and "torches or shining objects" for "Lappidoth" (Lappidoth could be a name, could be plural of a Hebrew root)
D. Jabin -- note that he escapes, effectively unscathed. The real villain may not be defeated
III. God speaks:
A. Through Deborah
B. To Barak
IV. God does:
A. Provides Victory
B. Frees the people
V. We hear:
A. A good story? This is more than that
B. About obedience and courage: Barak should have been willing to go forward in obedience.
C. About leadership: Deborah was the God-appointed leader at the time and place--
D. About: Encouragement and support.
1. We are often Barak
2. We are in need of people to be Deborah
3. Focus on what you can do--why stress about the chariots?
4. Be there for others
5. Take the risk with your life as well--
Judges 4:17-22 Nailing Your Allegiance
Where does your allegiance lie?
Are you willing to put a nail hard down on who you serve?
The decision comes at strange and unexpected times.