September 30, 2012pm     A Woman Leader , a  Liar, and a Looker…    Judges 5  
By Ronald E. George Jr. at the Sand Fork Baptist Church

Who were the women of Judges 5?

  1.  A Leader:  (Deborah)  Vs. 6-9.   In the face of Canaanite oppression.  

 

Judges 5:6  In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways. 7 [The inhabitants of] the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel. 8 They chose new gods; then [was] war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel? 9 My heart [is] toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the LORD.

  1. She stood for God.  Some people that are willing to fight for God. 
  2. She spoke for God. 
  3. She sacrificed for God in behalf of others.  She went out with the warriors to fight Sisera's army. 
  4. She sought to set the people free.  She saved the people. 
  5. The Result: The people were set free from Jabin's armies and lived in peace.
  1. A Lover:  (Jael)  Vs. 24-27  Directly confronts the evil and fulfilled her duty.

 

Judg 5:24  Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent. 25 He asked water, [and] she gave [him] milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish. 26 She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples. 27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.

  1. She loved God more than all the others.  (gods of the Canaanites)
  2.  She hated sin and took action against it. 
  3. She took action and used what God had given her (tent peg and a hammer) to save her friends. 
  4.  Sisera was a great man in the eyes of the world but she was not swayed to go there.
  5. She was willing to take a chance on God.  The risk was worth the gain to her. 

 

3.  A Looker: (Sisera's Mother)    She watched in vain for her son to return.  She was proud of her warrior son but in the end he never returned. 

Judg 5:28  The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot [so] long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?
29 Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned answer to herself, 30 Have they not sped? have they [not] divided the prey; to every man a damsel [or] two; to Sisera a prey of divers colours, a prey of divers colours of needlework, of divers colours of needlework on both sides, [meet] for the necks of [them that take] the spoil? 31 So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but [let] them that love him [be] as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

  1. She  looked for her dead son in vain.
  2.  She served the wrong gods
  3. She lost her son and lost all. 

Her son was the proud captain of the great Canaanite army with 900 chariots but now he was lost and never coming home.

Today it is our choice.  What are we fighting for?  Is there anything in your life worth dying for?  Is God worth living for?  Will you consider the effect our life has on our children?