Pastor Wrinkles: Bargain Breakers

Let’s Review: What are the “God Bargains” we have talked about so far?

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After Moses died God raised up a new leader for the Israelites, ___________.

He was Moses junior officer and had been groomed for the position.

God told Joshua that it was his job to take the land of Canaan which God had promised to his great-great-great and so forth grandfather ____________. Through Joshua the God Bargain with Abraham would begin to be fulfilled.

“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them–to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.” Joshua 1:1-3 NIV

Joshua and the armies of Israel went into ___________ and conquered much of the land but not all.

When Joshua died the people many of the people walked away from __________ and entered into sin.

They began to follow what pastors call the sin cycle:

Step 1: ____________

Step 2: Get _____________

Step 3: _____________

Step 4: Get God’s ____________ back

Step 5: Go and ____________ again.

This happened all through the next hundred or so years and God began to raise up _______________ who would help Israel to get out of trouble whenever they sinned and then _____________.

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The judges themselves were a mix of ____________ and ___________.

What are some of the things you know about the judges:

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Now in your groups:

1. Read Judges Chapter 4. What do you think of Deborah? What do you think of Barak?

2. Read Judges 7: 1-7 Why do you think God cut down Gideon’s army so much?

3. Read Judges 16 What does Sampson and Delilah teach us about relationships? How could Sampson have done things better?

Question of the week: In Judges Chapter 4 Deborah gives a prophecy. Does the way it gets fulfilled surprise you? What does this prophecy and the way it was fulfilled teach us about prophecy today?

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6 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: Bargain Breakers

  1. In Judges Chapter 4 Deborah gives a prophecy. Does the way it gets fulfilled surprise you? What does this prophecy and the way it was fulfilled teach us about prophecy today?

    The way it got fufilled does not suprise me whatsoever because Deb warned the guy about what was to come and it happened just like expected.. And this teaches people that Prophecys are for real and you shouldn’t play around with God’s word or words that come your way.

    • You are right Savannah. Prophecy is a sacred trust. We must listen carefully to the word of prophecy and prepare as warned. Deborah’s prophecy was fulfilled even if it was not in the way everyone else assumed it would be. So often it is like that with God. God says something and then brings it about in an entirely different way than we expected.

  2. The prophecy, didn’t surprise me, all through out the Bible, the people sin get punished cry to the lord and repent, the Lord steps in to relieve them, only to sin again.
    The interesting part is Barak’s refusal to go with out Deborah and God accepting this condition and allowing a woman to defeat the army.
    God is amazing and unsearchable.
    L&P
    Charlotte

    • A-men Charlotte. It is even more interesteing to me that it was not Deborah who killed Sisera but a housewife out in the middle of nowhere. God’s power and capability is beyond comparison

  3. The prophecy doesn’t surprise me, God always does what he says. I think that the men had a hard time believing it because of the mindset of men in those days. That’s just the way it was. What does surprize me is why Barak wanted Deborah to go with him in the first place and his refusal to go without her.
    To me prophecy today seems very different, even though God is the same. People seem to question it today. It can be very difficult to hear someone give a “prophecy” and really believe it is from God. I guess it would depend on who gave the prophecy. I’m not sure if that is the proper response, I’m just being honest

    • You hit a real chord here Carrie. I think most people question prophecy. The Bible even says we are to question it, gives us permission to see how the “word” sits with us. Is it Biblical or not. Is it in “the flow” of what the Holy Spirit is saying to us. Evaluation is very imprtant when it comes to prophecy. Evidently Deborah was someone who had been evaluated and found true as a prophetess. I think there must have been a great deal of respect for her prophetic power because even a man like Barak would not make a move without her by his side. It was almost as if he was sure God’s blessing travelled wherever she went. Have you ever met someone who is so close to god that when they walk into a room God walks in with them. I think that must have been Deborah.

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