Deborah and Barak

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This sermon focused on Judges 4 and 5, specifically the story of Deborah, Barak, and Jael. From the historical account in chapter 4, the sermon moved to gleaning theological truths from chapter 5’s poetic song. Three main things were learned about God:

  • God is sovereign over all events, though he still requires human responsibility and action. The Lord is ultimately the hero who wins the battle.
  • God is righteous and just in judging sin, though he shows mercy to those who put their trust in Jesus. We see God’s righteousness most clearly at the cross.
  • God is worthy of all praise for who he is and what he has done through Christ. We should sing songs that rehearse his triumphs.

We all face hardship and struggles in this life, and our bodies deteriorate with age. But through Jesus’ victory over sin and death, we have the hope of the resurrection. When Christ returns, all who put their trust in him will be raised imperishable, like Jesus himself was after his resurrection. Until that day, we can sing songs of his victory and triumph, knowing that through him death has been swallowed up forever. This gives us hope and peace, no matter what season of life we are in. So let us continue to trust in our Savior Jesus, who has already won the victory on our behalf.


Judges 4:1-23, Judges 5, Romans 3:25, 1 Corinthians 15:51-57

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