22nd March: Judges 4:1 – 6:10 – Faith – believing God’s promise and obeying His command …

Judges


4:1-5:11

Barak is an example of ‘faith’ (Hebrews 11:32-34). Faith involves believing God’s promise – ‘I will give…’ and obeying His command – ‘Go’ (4:6-7). God still says, ‘Go…I am with you always…’ (Matthew 28:19-20). Barak needed Deborah’s help (4:8-10). Both needed God’s help – ‘Our sufficiency comes from God’ (2 Corinthians 3:5-6). In Deborah’s song, we learn of the importance of giving all the glory to God: ‘Bless the Lord…To the Lord I will sing, I will make melody to the Lord…Bless the Lord’ (5:2-3,9). We are to repeat the triumphs of the Lord’. This is our high calling as ‘the people of the Lord’ (5:11). ‘Awake, awake, Deborah’…Arise, Barak…’ (5:12) – God is still calling His people to wake up, to rise up: ‘Rise up O Church of God, awake!’ (Church Hymnary, 477; Mission Praise, 178).

5:12-6:10

‘The people of the Lord marched down for Him against the mighty (13) – God is still calling His people to march for Him: ‘March on, my soul, with strength, with strength, but not thine own; The conquest thou shalt gain, through Christ the Lord alone‘ (Church Hymnary, 614). This is not ‘marching’ for ourselves, for our own cause, trying to get our own way. This is about keeping our eyes on Jesus, living in His strength, living for His glory. Where self reigns, there is sin – ‘The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord’ – and shame – ‘Israel was brought very low’ (1,6). Where Christ reigns, there is prayer to the Lord and blessing from the Lord. With God’s blessing comes our responsibility – Worship God, listening carefully to His Word and living in obedience to Him (6-10).

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