Judges Lesson 5: “Daughters of Deborah”
1. Judges 4:1-7 tells the story of Deborah. Read it aloud. How is Deborah and her role described? Do you see and indication that Deborah is either more or less fully a judge than the others described in the book of Judges? Explain your position and make reference to specific Scriptures.
2. Do you find in this chapter the four step spiritual pattern we have seen in the other stories in Judges (rebellion, result, repentance, renewal)? What is the same or different from the other instances we have seen this pattern (Othniel, Ehud, Gideon)?
3. Read Genesis 3:16 and Galatians 3:28. How does the result of Eve’s rebellion twist the relationship between men and women? Do you think we should “lean back” into Genesis 3:16 or “lean forward” into Galatians 3:28? Explain your answer. What does this mean for the “role of women” in our world today?
4. Review Judges 4:6-10. What are we told about Barak? Hebrews 11:32 lists Barak in the roll call of Old Testament heroes of faith. Did Hebrews get him wrong or was Barak a man of faith? How?
5. How do you think the example of Deborah should speak to us today?
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