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The International Sunday School Lesson, Outline

June 4
Lesson 1 (KJV)
Deborah and Barak
Devotional Reading: Hebrews 11:29–40
Background Scripture: Judges 4, 5
Judges 4:1–10
1 And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, when Ehud was dead.
2 And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles.
3 And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.
4 And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.
5 And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.
6 And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the Lord God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?
7 And I will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand.
8 And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.
9 And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the Lord shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.
10 And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet: and Deborah went up with him.
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Key Verse
[Deborah] said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the Lord shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.
Judges 4:9
God’s Urgent Call
Unit 1: Called to Be Strong
Lessons 1–4
Lesson Aims
After participating in this lesson, each learner will be able to:
1. Describe the relationship between Deborah and Barak.
2. List possible reasons for doubts and fears on the part of Barak and evaluate their legitimacy.
3. Commit to helping one fellow believer overcome doubts regarding his or her leadership role in a ministry project.
Lesson Outline
A. “Let’s Ask Granny!”
B. Lesson Background
I. Cry to God (Judges 4:1–3)
A. Sin and Subjugation (vv. 1, 2)
What’s Right in Whose Sight?
B. Score of Suffering (v. 3)
II. Challenge Others (Judges 4:4–7)
A. Deborah’s Role (vv. 4, 5)
B. Barak’s Call (vv. 6, 7)
Prophets, True and False
III. Collaborate as Needed (Judges 4:8–10)
A. Barak Balks (v. 8)
B. Barak Backed (vv. 9, 10)
A. Pick Your Heroes Carefully!
B. Prayer
C. Thought to Remember











Jef-thuh (th as in thin).

















What Do You Think?
What are some ways to prevent negative things from happening during times of leadership vacuum in the church?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
Regarding coverage of ministry tasks
Regarding use of church resources
Regarding political viewpoints
Regarding teaching or leadership roles

What Do You Think?
How do we keep cultural expectations regarding gender roles from being a greater influence in the church than the Bible itself?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
Before such influence occurs (preventive measures)
After such influence occurs (curative measures)

What Do You Think?
What are some ways to encourage others in their ministry tasks?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
In contexts of doubt regarding spiritual giftedness
In contexts of doubt regarding abilities
In contexts of previous ministry failures

What Do You Think?
What has to happen for Christians to exhibit the leadership qualities of Deborah?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
In terms of supporting appointments of others to leadership positions
In serving as an example to those already in leadership roles
In preventing godly confidence (2 Thessalonians 3:4; etc.) from becoming overconfidence (1 Timothy 1:7; etc.)

What Do You Think?
What character traits do you look for in those whom you would accept as mentors? Why?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
Regarding spiritual issues
Regarding vocational proficiency
Regarding consistency

Pelfrey, Lloyd M. et al. “Deborah and Barak.” The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2016–2017. Ed. Ronald L. Nickelson, Jim Eichenberger, and Margaret K. Williams. Vol. 64. Colorado Springs, CO: Standard Publishing, 2017. 345–349. Print.

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