This week in Kids City, the Israelites forgot about God again and asked for Him to send someone to help them. In our story, we learned that God sent Deborah and Barak to save the Israelites from the Canaanites. This was yet another example of God rescuing His people before He would send Jesus to ultimately save us from our sins. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, ‘I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.’” – John 8:12 (Backyard Kids Club Cave Quest Key Verse)
“For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King. He will save us.” – Isaiah 33:22
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: How does God accomplish His plan? God uses people for His glory and our good.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is:
Preschool/Kindergarten: God sent judges to help His people.
1st-5th grades: God’s people needed someone to rescue them from their enemies.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from Judges 4-5. This story can be found on page 62 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
Ehud and Shamgar had been judges over Israel. After they died, the Israelites forgot about God. So God allowed the king of Canaan to overtake them. The commander of the king’s army was Sisera. Sisera was cruel to the Israelites for 20 years. God’s people remembered how good they had it when they loved and obeyed God. They cried out to God, “Save us!”
Deborah was the judge over Israel at this time. One day, Deborah called for Barak and said, “God wants you to gather 10,000 men. Lead them to Mount Tabor. God will help you defeat Sisera there.”
Barak said to Deborah, “I will go if you will come with me. If you won’t come, I’m not going.”
“I’ll go,” Deborah said. “But you will receive no honor for the battle.” So Deborah, Barak, and 10,000 men went to Mount Tabor. Sisera heard that Barak was at Mount Tabor, and he took his 900 chariots and all his men to fight.
“Barak, go! God will help you defeat Sisera today,” Deborah said. Barak and his 10,000 men moved down the mountain toward Sisera and his army. The Lord confused Sisera and his army. The Lord confused Sisera and all of the army. Barak chased the chariots and the army. None of them survived, but Sisera had escaped!
Sisera went to the tent of Jael because he and Jael’s husband were friends. Jael gave Sisera something to drink and covered him with a rug. Sisera was so exhausted that he fell into a deep sleep. Jael knew that Sisera was an evil man, an enemy of God. She killed him while he slept.
That day, God allowed the Israelites to defeat the Canaanites. The Israelites had won the battle! Deborah and Barak sang a victory song. They praised God for helping them beat the Canaanites.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- Whom did God call as a judge in today’s Bible story? (Deborah)
- Whom did God choose to lead Israel to battle the Canaanites? (Barak)
- Where did Sisera hide after he escaped the battle? (Jael’s tent)
- What did Deborah and Barak do after Israel won the battle? (sang a victory song)
- Name one of the first three judges to rule over Israel. (Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar)
- What nation took over Israel after Shamgar died? (Canaan)
- Who was the commander of the Canaanite army? (Sisera)
- How many years was Sisera cruel to the Israelites? (20 years)
- Who was judge over Israel at this time? (Deborah)
- Whom did God call to battle the Canaanites? (Barak)
- How many chariots did Sisera take to the battle? (900 chariots)
- Sisera fled to whose tent? (Jael’s tent)
- Who killed Sisera? (Jael)
- What was Sisera doing when he was killed? (sleeping)
- Who does whatever is for His glory and our good? (God)
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
Everything God does is for His glory and our good. (Psalm 115:3; Romans 8:28) God used Deborah, Barak, and Jael to help the people of Israel win battles against Canaan. God also uses people to help us and teach us about Jesus. God sent His son, Jesus, to do what is very good for us: to save us from sin.
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 bring about our ultimate good: salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
Pray and thank God that everything that happens in our lives is used for His glory and our good, even the hard things. Thank God for sending people to save the Israelites and how He would eventually send Jesus to save us from our sins. Help us to remember to trust in Him always.