Sunday Morning 9/6: Unit 9, Session 2: Deborah and Barak

This week, kids learn that the time of the judges continued after the death of Ehud. The Israelites fell into a continuous cycle of sin, bondage, deliverance, and peace. Every judge was imperfect, yet God worked through the judges. At the time when the Israelites were oppressed by the king of Canaan, Deborah was the judge of Israel. Deborah sent for Barak and encouraged him to take up an army and fight the army of Canaan and its leader, Sisera.

Deborah reminded Barak that God would hand Sisera and his troops over to him. (Judg. 4:6-7) Barak agreed to go, but only if Deborah went with him. Deborah went, but she informed Barak that he would get no glory for the battle.

When Barak went down from Mount Tabor with 10,000 men, “The Lord threw Sisera and all his army into confusion with the sword before Barak” (Judg. 4:15). Everyone in the army died, but Sisera escaped on foot. 

Sisera fled to the tent of Jael, who invited him inside and gave him a drink. While Sisera slept, Jael drove a tent peg through his temple and he died.

Judges 5 records a victory song Deborah and Barak sang on that day, praising God for defeating the Canaanites. The land had rest for 40 years.

The Israelites’ sin had resulted in 20 years of defeat. God fought for the Israelites and used Deborah, Barak, and Jael to accomplish the Israelites’ victory over Canaan. As you talk to your kids this week, highlight the actions of Deborah and Barak, who willingly served God and used their gifts for His glory.

Use the Christ Connection to emphasize that God does what is for His glory and our good. (Psalm 115:3; Romans 8:28) God fought for the Israelites and used Deborah, Barak, and Jael to defeat Canaan. In a similar way, God uses people and events to not only save us from our enemies, but to teach us about our ultimate good: salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • God helps us obey Him.
    • God’s people asked God to save them.
    • God used Deborah and Barak to help His people.
    • God sent Jesus to rescue us from our wrong choices.
  • Preschool
    • What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus. 
    • God used Deborah and Barak to rescue His people.
  • Kids
    • What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus. 
    • God used Deborah, Barak, and Jael to rescue His people.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • 1 John 1:9 (1 John 1:9a for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers)

NEXT WEEK 

  • “Gideon” (Judges 6–8)

Sunday Morning 8/30: Unit 9, Session 1: Israel’s Unfaithfulness

Following Joshua’s death, the Israelites were without a leader. They fell into a cycle of sin that can be seen during each reign of the judges. The cycle is marked by an A-B-C-D-E pattern. Let’s look at the first judge, Othniel, to see this pattern. 

First, the people fell into Apostasy. They turned away from God and served other gods. (Judg. 3:7) Next, they experienced a period of Bondage. God was angry with the Israelites, and He gave them into the hand of the king of Aram. (v. 8) Third, the people Cried out to God. (v. 9) Then, God sent a Deliverer to save them. (vv. 9-10) Finally, they had Ease in the land. (v. 11) Then Othniel died.

This pattern continued with Ehud. The people had again turned from God. Their apostasy made God angry. He sent them into bondage by strengthening the king of Moab to defeat Israel. The Israelites served the king of Moab for 18 years.

The Moabites were well-fed, especially the king. They enjoyed the fruit of the Israelites’ labor while the Israelites went hungry. By thrusting a sword into the king’s belly, Ehud disemboweled the king and left him dead on the floor of his room. The fat covered over the handle of the sword so that Ehud could not remove it. 

After Ehud delivered Israel, the Israelites struck down the Moabites and there was peace in the land for eighty years. But Ehud would die, and they would need another judge to lead them.

As you talk with your kids this week, discuss that the Israelites needed someone better than a judge. The judges saved the people from the consequences of their sin, but not the cause of it. God’s plan was to one day send a true Deliverer—Jesus, His own Son—to be the King of His people. Jesus saves people from sin forever.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • God helps us obey Him.
    • God’s people did not always obey Him.
    • God sent judges to rescue God’s people.
    • God sent Jesus to be our Judge.
  • Preschool
    • What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus. 
    • God’s people forgot about Him.
  • Kids
    • What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus. 
    • God’s people repeatedly turned from Him.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • 1 John 1:9 (1 John 1:9a for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers)

NEXT WEEK 

  • “Deborah and Barak” (Judges 4–5)

Family Worship Project: He Will Hold Me Fast Motions Video

Join us for a family worship moment this Sunday, July 26 as we sing this song in main worship (9am or 10:30am). We would love for you to share a video of your family worshiping through this song! Use #redemptionresponse or @goredemption when posting on Facebook or Instagram.

Be sure to practice but we will have the motions on your screen to help you engage in worship together as a family. See you Sunday!

Redemption Family Scavenger Hunt

You’re invited! The WEST CAMPUS  around town Redemption Family Scavenger Hunt is this Sunday at 4pm. Decorate your car to be entered to win a Chick-Fil-A $20 gift card!

Here are the things you need to know:

  1. We will start in the worship center parking lot.
  2. We ask that each family remain in their cars and we will give instructions on how the scavenger hunt will work.
  3. Come with a DECORATED car to win a prize! We will have judges to decide who has the best decorated car so get out your glass chalk and have the kids start drawing! Be sure to arrive on time to be entered to win!
  4. Each family will access a list of items online. When the item is found, a parent will take a picture and store it on their phone.
  5. Families are encouraged to find as many items as possible as a family.
  6. When you are done looking or have found all of the items then you can drive back by the front of the children’s ministry building to get a treat bag. We would also love to hear how many items you found and see a few pictures. (With our masks and gloves on in order to be safe and wise.) (This can be anytime before 5:30pm. Families need to be finished and back at the campus by 5:30pm.)
  7. We will be taking pictures at this event. If you are uncomfortable with you or your child having their picture taken and shared via Redemption’s advertisements, please submit a written request prior to the event you are attending. Requests can be emailed to brookef@goredemption.com

We can’t wait to see everyone and have some fun around town! Remember, come with your car decorated and be ready for some family fun!