A strong, wise woman named Deborah – this week at ELC

DeborahGod’s people have a history of straying away from the worship and service of God.   One of the first people called to bring them back was a wise, strong woman named Deborah.  We look at her story and ask ourselves if we are ready to listen to whoever God calls to speak the truth to us today?

Worship this week with Holy Communion:

Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

10:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week: Deborah

SHARE:   What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?

READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding

Sunday, Judges 4:1-5 Israel sins, turns to Deborah

Monday, Judges 6-9:14-16, Deborah & Barak go to battle

Tuesday, Judges 4:17-24 Jael  and Sisera

Wednesday, Judges 5:1-11 Deborah’s song (part 1)

Thursday, Judges 5:12-22 Deborah’s song (part 2)

Friday, Judges 5:23-31 Deborah’s song (part 3)

Saturday, Judges 6:1-10 Israel sins, new judge arises

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

8Barak said to her, ‘If you will go with me, I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.’ 9And she said, ‘I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.’      —  Judges 4:8-9

When the people sinned and turned away from God, the Lord raised up a judge to call them back to faithfulness.  Barak looks to Deborah as a source of wisdom and strength, and depends on her counsel and presence before he acts. 

  • When have you had to admit that you needed to change something in your life? Who could you turn to give you guidance and counsel?
  • Women like Deborah were seen as leaders early on in the Bible story, why have later generations been slow to acknowledge the wisdom and strength of women as leaders?

PRAY:  Holy God, help us to recognize your voice speaking through your people, and help us to trust your promise and presence..  Amen.

BLESS:  May you listen to God’s counsel this day. Amen.

 

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