Judges 4-5, Help Someone Fulfill Their Role
1. Help Someone With A Prophetic Word (Judges 4:4-7)
2. Help Someone By Going With Them (Judges 4:8-10)
3. Help Someone Walk In God’s Plan (Judges 4:11-17)
4. Help Someone Celebrate God’s Work (Judges 5:1-3)
Judges 4-5, Help Someone Fulfill Their Role
Judges 4-5, Help Someone Fulfill Their Role
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Well, as we look at judges Chapter 4 this morning, I've titled The Message Help someone fulfill their role and I want to encourage you to think about that this morning that.
You would help somebody else around you fulfill their role in the body of body of Christ to fulfill God's plan in their life.
You know, oftentimes it can be easy for us to be self centered, focused on ourselves, thinking about, perhaps even in a spiritual sense what God wants for us.
God's plan for me, what God wants to do in my life and and we can be focused on ourselves quite.
Easily in our culture and society, we oftentimes have a focus on an individual in a sense of you know they're the the superstar and there can be many times in our hearts and in our minds that desire to to be the one in that position.
There's a great movie you got to see.
It's called sky high.
And it's dumb.
Cheesy super here.
Or a movie about a kid who is the son of two superheroes who goes to this super superhero high school?
But he has no powers, and so he ends up being in the sidekick class, which is, you know.
Oh, that's the worst thing that could happen to you at superhero school.
Nobody wants to be the sidekick and the politically correct term for sidekick.
At the school was hero support right?
Nobody wants to be hero support.
Everybody wants to be the hero.
But this morning I would encourage you to consider Deborah and to allow her to encourage you to kind of spur you on to be hero support to be looking at somebody else that God has placed in your life that you would come alongside them in a way that they would be able to fulfill the work that God wants to do in their lives.
And the scripture that kind of goes along with this that I've been thinking about this whole week as I've been praying over this passage as Hebrews chapter.
Where the author of Hebrews encourages us, he says, let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see, the day approaching.
Here the author of Hebrews says think about people around you consider one another that is to put in some time, put in some effort and to be thinking about how you can stir up love and good works.
That that as you come to service, he's attaching this to that not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, right?
And so I would encourage you to be thinking about that when you are attending service or even if you are attending online, that that there should be some preparation ahead of time.
How can I engage and participate?
How can I?
Connect with somebody in order to stir up love and good works in their life to help them be stirred up in the love of God to help them be stirred up in the plan of God for them that we are to have this mindset and this consideration for one another.
He goes on to say that we are to exhort one another that is to again spur each other on towards the things that God has for us to help others around us.
Fulfill God's plan for their lives, and so that's the corresponding verse that encouragement here of Hebrews as we consider Deborah.
This morning here in judges chapter four and five helps someone fulfill their role considering one another to stir up in their lives.
The things that God wants to do, and so we're going to look at four points here from the example of Deborah not covering all of chapter 4 or chapter.
Five, but just hitting some of these high points that the Lord would use to encourage us and strengthen our hearts.
In this role that we have, and so the first thing we'll look at is found in verses 4 through 7.
Here's point number one.
Help someone with a prophetic word.
And I would ask you to think about that and to pray about that this morning that the Lord would enable you, empower you and give you a prophetic word to help someone.
To come alongside them in a way that is helpful and beneficial for them in their walk with God, check out verse four and five.
Again, it says.
Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging Israel at the time and she would sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel.
And the mountains of Ephraim and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.
Here is we are introduced to Deborah.
We learn a few things about her.
She's referred to as a prophetess.
She's referred to as a judge.
She was judging Israel at the time and she had a central location there in Ephraim.
It was like her spot, so much so they named the Palm Tree after her.
The palm tree of Deborah.
It wasn't called that before she was there, right?
It makes sense, right?
Like they called that palm tree, the palm tree of Deborah?
Because that's where Deborah would always camp.
Out and people would be able to go to her to receive instruction from the Lord to work out situations in their life, and so Israel would go to her for judgment and she would be a God spokesperson for them and speak to them into their situations and into their lives.
The things they needed to hear.
At that time, and so that was her role as a prophetess and as a judge.
Now the idea of a profitis is interesting for us to consider and not in the gender part of it.
I'm going to kind of just move along.
Besides that, and just ask us to consider what what do profits do so many times when we think about profits, we attach the concepts to the idea of declaring the future.
Or we think of prophecies like Revelation, and so there's this, you know, future focus or this really elaborate.
Picturesque type of message that is given with prophecy and we see that in the prophets of the Old Testament we see that again in the Book of Revelation and similar passages that where where there's a focus on the future.
But there's also this.
These pictures and this imagery that is oftentimes included.
In prophecy, and so sometimes we think about prophecy only in those terms.
But here's what I would encourage you to think about, and that is that that is not in and of itself prophecy.
Prophecy is prophecy because it is what God is saying and so the future perspective of the Book of Revelation or other prophecies they have that future perspective because at that time God is seeking to deliver a perspective about the future.
They have the imagery and the pictures many times in prophecy because, well, that is what God is using to communicate something to the people that the Prophet is sent to.
So the imagery itself doesn't make it prophecy the focus on the future doesn't make it prophecy.
What makes it prophecy is whether or not God is saying it.
Prophecy is really to speak forth the word of God, or put another way.
Prophets speak out loud, something that God is saying.
And that message could be about the future.
It could be full of poetic imagery.
It could be straight and direct commands.
It could be, you know something soft and gentle and encouraging it.
It could be whatever the Lord wants to deliver at any point in time spoken out loud by someone that God.
Put the the message upon their heart.
Doesn't always include prediction.
And so someone who is speaking about the future isn't necessarily speaking prophetically.
It depends on whether or not that's what God is saying.
There are some people who are very bold and outspoken.
But being bold and outspoken doesn't automatically mean that you're a prophet, because if you're bold and outspoken about things that God is not saying, then it's not prophecy.
There are some people who are very opinionated and quick to express their opinion and share their perspective.
That may not be prophecy.
If that is not what God is saying, and so that the real test is what is God saying and prophets speak out loud.
The things that God is saying.
To a person to a people to a group.
And so Deborah, as a prophetess, spoke on behalf of God.
She represented God in that way. She brought forth God's word, God message.
In her times of judging as people would come to her with their situations, she would be seeking the Lord and having his word to that situation.
Here as we go on into Chapter 4, we'll see that she has his word God, word to Barack, and and so she is able to speak forth prophetically in his life.
Because God has given her something to say to him.
In first Corinthians chapter 14, the apostle Paul spends a lot of time talking about prophecy as well as tongues, but in talking about prophecy he gives a good definition for us, and I think it's one that's helpful for us to consider this morning.
First Corinthians, chapter 14 verse 3.
Paul says he who prophesize speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.
Another aspect of prophecy that we see in the scripture is that sometimes we associate that with prophecy or as prophecy is the declaration of judgment.
But the apostle Paul would say, you know, in the context of the church.
Sometimes sure God will want to deliver a message of judgment when that message needs to be delivered.
But here's the the primary expression or primary way that prophecy is expressed.
It's in edification, exhortation, and comfort.
And so, in this passage, Paul is encouraging the church to be seeking to prophecy to be asking God and and seeking for opportunity to bring forth a message from God that is edifying.
That means building up and strengthening.
Or to be bringing forth a message from God, that is, exhortation that is an encouragement, a kind of a a spurring onto the things that God has instructed.
And a message of comfort.
That the people of Corinth would be seeking God to bring forth a message from God that would comfort people, hearts, comfort them in the midst of their situations and in their difficulties.
Now as Paul continues on in First Corinthians chapter four, he gets to verse 39 where he says, therefore, brethren, desire earnestly.
To prophecy and do not forbid to speak with tongues.
He's speaking in the context of the church.
The emphasis in church gatherings as we are seeking to consider one another from Hebrews 10, right?
And as we don't forsake the assembling, but we get together as we as we have these opportunities, he's saying the the emphasis the priority in that context.
Is prophecy and so you Christian?
He says to the Corinthians, he says, by extension to us this morning you should desire earnestly to prophesied.
And I wonder if that's how you came into church this morning, if that's how you drove onto the property with an earnest desire to prophesy.
You know, many times.
It's not really a.
A bad thing necessarily, but you know, we get to church and and we're so looking for the edification that we will receive.
We're looking for how we will benefit and what the Lord will speak to us and do in our lives.
And of course, we want to have that expectation of God working in us as we.
I would also encourage you don't forget, don't leave out the reality that we gather together partly because God wants you to connect with other people so that you can be his representative and speak words of exhortation, words of comfort and words of.
Edification to people around you that God wants to connect you to people and bring forth his message.
On behalf of him.
And so when we come to church, we all of us should really come with this expectation or or desire.
Paul says to to have an earnest desire to prophecy.
With kind of a a desperation would I want to be?
Your instrument this morning, as I gather together with the believers.
Now, of course it doesn't only apply to Sunday morning service.
It doesn't only apply to in person gatherings.
But as we gather, as we have opportunity to interact.
The idea here is that we would have this earnest desire this fervent prayer.
Lord, would you?
Let me follow after the model of Deborah.
That I would have your word.
For the people that I'm engaging with and connecting with that, I would be able to encourage and build up and comfort them.
And whatever you have for them.
And so this was Debra's role.
She desired earnestly to prophecy.
She desired to be used by God.
In this way.
I think that's fair to assume from this passage that she was used by God.
She was there in that place, willing to be a servant of the Lord, and so God enabled her to prophecy.
And but now she focuses that word to a particular person.
Check out verse six.
So then she sent and called for Barack the son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, has not the Lord God of Israel commanded go and deploy the troops at Mount Tabor?
Take with you 10,000 men of the sons of Naphtali and of the sons of Zebulun and against you I will deploy Sisera, the commander of Jabin's army, with his Chariots and his multitude at the river Keshawn, and I will deliver him into your hand.
She is being used by the Lord to Minister to the nation.
But now the Lord gives her a message for Barrack.
And she's going to prophecy.
She's going to speak on behalf of God.
And the message that she brings forth to Barack is not a new one for him.
But she really recalls to his mind the things that God has already spoken to him.
She's kind of prodding him a little bit, heboric.
The Lord shown me what he has spoken to you.
The Lord shown me that he has already given you some instruction.
And my job today is to remind you that God has given you that instruction and.
Now you need to go and do it, not just to hear the instruction not to just have the instruction or hold on to the instruction, but to actually carry out the instruction.
Here what she gives to Barack is an exhortation.
That is, you know what to do, but you're not doing it yet, and so let me exhort you.
Let me encourage you.
Now start to do.
What God has called you to do.
She says in verse six has not the Lord God of Israel commanded.
Barack has God not commanded you all this rest of the things that she goes on to say this was instruction that Barack already had from the Lord.
But he hasn't acted on it.
And so now the Lord speaks to Devon, says Deborah.
Here's what I told Barack he hasn't done it yet.
So Deborah, you encourage Barack.
To do it to start living out what it is that I've instructed him. Now picture this from Barack's side.
He's a commander, he's well known.
But the enemy is.
Pretty tough, pretty fierce.
The army is described as having 900 iron Chariots.
The army of their enemy is well equipped.
Meanwhile, the children of Israel, they they have no Chariots.
They don't have horsemen, they're basically all foot soldiers with makeshift weapons because primarily, they're farmers.
They don't have a standing army that is, you know, ready on call, so he's a commander, but he doesn't have much of an army, and he's against.
A fierce enemy that has great weapons against them.
But he's heard from God.
God given him some instruction about gathering together the troops.
And preparing for battle against Sisera. The commander of Jabin's army.
He's heard from God.
But he's not confident enough to do it.
He's not, perhaps convinced enough.
I think it's easy to imagine that Barack is wrestling with this internally, just as I'm sure you and I would and have experience, that sometimes the Lord puts things upon our hearts and we're wrestling like.
Is that you Lord, is it not you?
We talked about this a little bit on Wednesday with Gideon and his tests right that that wrestling of like this is not just my life at stake, but other peoples lives as well.
This is a a serious decision, and so if I move forward without knowing for sure that this is from God, then.
I could be putting a lot of other people at risk.
And so you can imagine Barack wrestling with this.
He has a word from the Lord, but.
Maybe he's not confident that that word is actually from the Lord.
Or maybe he does know that it's from the Lord, but he's still wrestling with.
How is God going to do this?
Maybe he's caught up in the I don't know how it's going to happen, so I'm not going to start to do what God told me to do.
And so maybe he's kind of stuck in that mode.
We don't know exactly where his head or heart are at.
But we know that God is spoken to him.
And because he didn't act.
In response to what God had said, he almost misses out on being part of this deliverance.
He almost misses out on this victory that is about to unfold.
Reminds me of.
Mordecai, I writing to Esther and Esther, chapter 4
Remember that famous part where he tells Esther perhaps for such a time as this you have been raised up?
He also tells her Esther Chapter 4, verse 14.
If you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place.
In a similar situation, Esther there is placed there in this strategic position by the Lord, and she has some instruction for the from the Lord about interceding on behalf of the Jewish people.
And Mordecai, I says, look, if you don't want to do this.
I mean, that's your decision you're, you're free to disregard the things that God is instructing you.
That you have that freedom.
You have that opportunity.
But if you do that.
The last hope.
God will raise up from some other place.
He still has his plans.
He still is going to do this work.
He'd like to put you to work and give you a part to play in this deliverance, but.
That's your choice.
God's going to deliver one way or the other. You get to choose whether or not you will be part of it in a similar way. Here's Barack.
The children of Israel have cried out to the Lord.
He is going to bring deliverance to them.
And so God's been speaking to Barack, but Barack hasn't been responding.
So now God speaks through Deborah.
And if he doesn't respond, if he doesn't follow through then.
Well, God still will bring about deliverance.
But it just won't be through Barack.
He'll miss out on that opportunity and that victory that God wants to accomplish.
Pastor Warren Risby says we know that God commandments are God's enablements and that we should obey his will in spite of circumstances, feelings or consequences.
But we don't always do it.
A lot of times there's things in our head that we know.
We know that we can trust God.
We know that when God tells us to do something, he's going to be with us and help us through it.
He we know that he will enable us.
At the same time, we feel feelings were afraid of consequences were timid in face of circumstances.
And so we don't always do what we know.
We don't always do what God has instructed us.
We don't always do.
The things that God is putting upon our heart.
We don't always do it, and so sometimes we need help.
We need someone to come alongside and exhort.
And edify and comfort us.
Someone like Deborah in what she did to Barack he knew.
What God wanted, but he wasn't quite ready.
He wasn't quite able.
To do it.
But here comes, Deborah.
And now with this exhortation, he's going to move forward and start to engage in the plan of God in a way that.
He wasn't before.
And this is something.
That we need as believers.
You know, sometimes we hold back from sharing something with someone because we know that they know.
But the question isn't whether or not they know something.
The question is, are they going forward in what God has said?
And sometimes you know I don't have to tell you this.
You know, right?
And and yet at the same time, sometimes we do need to be told and reminded the things that we know because we need to be encouraged and reinforced in that that we would have the strength and the faith to go forward.
Similar occasion happened in Ezra Chapter 10, as was overwhelmed by the situation of the children of Israel at the time, and.
He's just like.
Vowing down in the street.
And the people encourage him in Ezra Chapter 10.
Verse four arise for this matter is your responsibility.
We also are with you be of good courage and do it.
Like it's an overwhelming situation, it's a difficult thing.
There's decisions to make and hard things to do, but but Ezra.
This is your responsibility.
God given you this place, God given you this role.
It's time to get up and to do it.
Be of good courage and do what God has called you to do.
This morning I would encourage you to help someone with a prophetic word.
Come alongside somebody with a word of exhortation.
A word of comfort.
A word of edification.
To strengthen them.
In the things that God is saying, prophets speak out loud.
Something that God is saying now when it comes to a prophetic word, it can be a bit of a challenge for us, right?
How do you get a prophetic word for someone?
How does this come about?
And the simple answer is, because it's speaking on behalf of God.
What we need for most is.
To be connected to God to be hearing from God, we need to be in prayer.
In communication with God and then specifically praying.
Four people in our lives.
Again in Hebrews chapter 10.
We're encouraged to consider one another.
And so be in prayer, connecting with God, hearing from God.
But also specifically considering the people that got us placed in our lives in prayer.
Considering them putting some thought, some effort, some time into Lord.
How can I ministered to them?
How can I help them?
How can I support them and what you've called them too?
And so we pray, being connected to God, we pray, considering one another, and we pray, as Paul said, desiring earnestly to prophecy.
What I care for this person.
I see what they're going through, and Lord, I really want to be part of your work in their lives.
Lord, would you give me what you want to say?
Lord, would you give me something that I can share on your behalf?
Comfort, exhortation, edification.
Whatever they need, you know, Lord, would you speak to me?
What I can say on your behalf and so that I can come up and speak prophetically, and it doesn't have to be a, you know, I, I'm with you and I'm weird and I'm in a trance and I'm holding my fingers a certain way and I'm humming a certain way and I have a melodic voice and it doesn't have to be like that.
But I can just come alongside someone and say the Lord put this on my heart.
Go and do what he's called you to do.
To speak on behalf of the Lord.
Is to speak prophecy help someone with a prophetic word?
Be in prayer, considering others and desiring earnestly for the gift of prophecy.
To be exercised through your life.
Well, as we continue to consider helping someone else fulfill their role, the second thing we get to is we work through verses 8 through 10. Here's point #2 help someone by going with them.
We help someone by speaking to them.
The word of the Lord, but we can also help someone by just being present with them in the midst of the situation.
Here's what it says in verses 8 through 10, Barack said to her, if you will go with me, then I will go.
But if you will not go with me, I will not go.
So she said, I will surely go with you.
Nevertheless, there will be no glory for you in the journey that you are taking, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.
Then Deborah Rose and went with Barack to Kiddish.
And Barack called Zebulun, and Naphtali to Kadish he went up with 10,000 men under his command, and Deborah went up with him.
As Deborah gives this exhortation to Baruch, he receives it.
He says you nailed it right on.
Yes, God has been speaking to me.
I need to lead the armies.
I've been timid up to now.
But I'll really consider this now, Deborah, if you'll go with me.
Then I will step forward in this.
If you'll go with me, then I'll go forward in this instruction that God has given.
Now, of course, there's some things that we could discuss about Barack's attitude here. About, you know his negotiation, this requirement you must go with me in order for me to be obedient.
But we do see that Deborah's encouragement.
Accomplishes what God said it for us to do.
He's now willing he's a step closer.
To doing the things that God wants him to do.
Pastor David Guzik says it doesn't seem unwise of Barack to ask Debra to come with him, but the fact that he demands it shows that he's trusting more in Deborah's relationship with God than with his own relationship with God.
It seems like.
He's not really strong spiritually.
He's heard from the Lord, but he's been holding off on.
Following through with what God has said and so now she encourages him and and so he kind of latches on.
OK, yes, I could tell you you know the Lord you, you're close with the Lord and so come with me because I you know I need that strong connection to the Lord in that way.
Now there's a real strong theme that unfolds throughout the book of judges, where the people of God are good at walking with God.
As long as some strong spiritual leadership is in place.
But then when a judge dies, the people turn away from God.
Begin to follow idolatry and their own pursuits.
Everyone does what is right in their own eyes.
And we see this a little bit here in the.
Picture of Barack that.
He knows about the Lord.
He knows the things of the Lord, but.
Actually following the Lord.
It's much easier to do if someone who is strong spiritually is there to support him.
I think there's a couple things for us to consider about that number one.
If your walk with God is based upon somebody else in this way.
Then you need to develop a deeper relationship with the Lord you really need.
We never get to the point where we don't need people, but at the same time we need to develop a relationship with the Lord that exists and persists regardless of people.
So that we're not dependent upon listen.
If your spouse is no longer in your life.
What's your spiritual life look like?
If your spouse is the primary way that you know the Lord and hear from the Lord and are connected to the Lord, then then you're not in a good place.
And personally you need to develop your own relationship with the Lord to be able to stand so that even if the judge dies.
Even if the judge is no longer in the picture that you don't follow the pattern of Israel and now turn away from the Lord, because that strong spiritual leader is no longer in your life.
You need to develop a maturity so that you can know the Lord.
Hear from the Lord and walk with the Lord.
Again, we never lose the need for other people in our lives.
But we do need to establish ourselves in the Lord sufficiently.
So that our relationship with the Lord is not based upon somebody else.
But the other side of that is.
This is part of the reality.
The people around us.
There are people around you.
Whose spiritual life is hugely impacted and based upon, perhaps you and your spiritual life.
We are called to make disciples.
And so the Lord has given us that role and said that's appropriate for people too.
Receive from you to grow through your interaction through your discipleship.
It's not an excuse for lacking a personal relationship with God, but.
But you need to understand that there are people like Barack around you.
There are people like the children of Israel around you that they are weak.
That is the reality, and although they are accountable for themselves to before the Lord, you also play a part 'cause God placed you in a life so that you can.
Be a positive influence.
You can be helpful in drawing them nearer to the Lord.
And so they might say foolish things like I'm only going to obey the Lord if you go with me, and that's foolish.
For them to say for sure.
They they should be at a different place, perhaps you know there.
There is some maturity needed there at the same time.
That doesn't mean you know that we cast them off.
What does Deborah do?
Deborah goes with him.
OK, sure, I'll go with you and and it says that repeatedly here in these verses.
In verse eight, she says, or he says.
I won't go unless you go with me.
In verse nine, she says, I will surely go with you.
The first night it also says Deborah arose and went with Barack and verse 10 and Deborah went up with him.
You can see that she was with him and it it meant something.
It was strengthening and helpful to Barack in bringing him to a place where he would step forward.
And what God had called him to.
That didn't mean that she was gonna take up a sword and be a soldier in the battle, right?
It wasn't meaning that she was gonna be commanding the armies and doing his job for him.
Just going to be there present with him.
She was going to accompany him.
To help him.
Trust the Lord enough to go forward. Commentator FB Meyer says Barack had true faith.
But it needed inspiration and stimulus as a dying fire calls for the bellows so that dying Ember.
You know, it's like it's almost out of just a little bit fanned into flame.
And it comes back to life.
Beric Faith was like that dying Ember.
So he says, Deborah, if you come with me.
Oh man, that'll help so much.
Deborah says, OK, I'll go with you.
And she went with him and it says she went with him.
And then it says she went with him again, and you could see kind of like the fanning into flame that that trusts in the Lord, that faith being exercised.
By her encouragement.
So much so Hebrews Chapter 11 actually lists Baruch in the Hall of Faith.
Hebrews 1132, what more shall I say for the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barack.
As well as Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the Prophets.
Notice what it describes, how it describes these men. Verse 33, who through faith subdued kingdoms worth righteousness obtained promises stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escape the edge of the sword. Notice this out of weakness were made strong.
Became Valiant in battle and turned to fight the armies of the aliens or the strangers.
Gives us some insight into faith.
Although yes, we could criticize Barack for his lack of faith, we could, you know, kind of scold him for how he should be somewhere else spiritually at the same time we find that the request helps him to have faith.
And he goes from weakness and is made strong.
He's weak and not obeying what God initially told him.
But but now he's stepping forward.
Now he's trusting the Lord.
He's becoming valiant in battle.
He's not initially valiant in battle.
But but he's becoming valiant.
He's developing and growing in faith through this process.
And it's because Deborah was willing to say, sure.
I'll go with you.
Again, we can scold barrigan say you shouldn't need that kind of support right at the same time, hey, we're human and we're weak, and we're frail, and we have doubts and we lack faith.
And sometimes having someone come alongside of us.
Gives us the strength that we need.
Increases our faith.
So that we're able to walk.
In what God has called us to.
And so we have the opportunity to come alongside the the barracks.
Of the world around us.
Those who know God have heard from God those who.
Are still timid.
They're not giants of faith yet.
Perhaps later on they'll be in the Hall of Fame like Barack was in Hebrews 11, but but there's a journey to get there and and the Lord says, hey, maybe I want you to be part of that journey in their life.
That part of the way they're going to go from that lack of faith where they are now to the hollow faith where they will be, is by you saying I'll go with you.
And maybe they're making foolish requests and, you know, foolish tests and and and saying things or asking things that you know people who are giants of faith would not ask.
But but that's OK.
It's OK that we're not all the way perfected yet, right?
And so we can come alongside.
And by going with someone.
We can help them fulfill their role.
And so let us consider one another.
In order to stir up Lovingood works.
Is there someone in your life who could benefit from your presence?
That that their love and good works could be stirred up.
If you would just be there with them in the midst of it.
Perhaps you can see there's someone in your life that is.
Called by the Lord to be an evangelist.
And maybe you're saying, but I'm not an evangelist, so I can't really teach them.
I can't really show them.
Can't really help them.
But maybe you can just go be with them.
Like maybe you can just show up and be with them and go hit some St corners or or or go take those steps of faith.
How many times have you heard the testimony of someone?
Sitting in an altar call or sitting in service during an altar call in wanting to go forward, but wrestling with it and someone next to him says, hey, if you want to go up, I'll go with you.
And it it gives them that strength that.
Ability to then go forward and respond to what God is doing in their hearts.
Maybe there's someone in your life who's called the lead worship, but you're not.
But maybe your part maybe your role is just to say, listen, I'll sing with you.
I mean, it's going to sound bad but.
I'll go up there with you.
I'll make a fool of myself to help you.
And establish you in the gift and the work that God wants to do in your life.
Maybe the Lord stood up your heart and said, oh man, they really need to go on this mission trip.
They need to go next time we go.
To Mexico, like they, they need to be part of that.
But I don't want to.
Go to Mexico, but God hasn't called me to that.
But if I go with you, perhaps you'll go.
And so maybe I can stir you up and help you by just being with you by offering to go with you to be that support.
You know, it's interesting that the Lord, when he sent out his disciples to spread the good news on their own, he sent them out two by two, right?
So they would have that support that back up and and there's something about having someone just with you.
Someone that you know is is with you that it doesn't have to go perfectly.
It doesn't have to, you know.
Be amazing or it doesn't have to be incredibly awesome, but but just having someone with you.
Many times does such a great thing within us to be able to trust the Lord.
And perhaps you could be that someone consider one another.
I just gave a few examples, but the sky is the limit as far as how God could apply that.
How can God use you to come alongside someone in such a way?
That you're with them.
To help them go forward in things that God has called them to.
Well, the Third Point to consider. This morning verses 11 through 17 of Chapter 4 here is help. Someone walk in God's plan. Help someone walk in God's plan. Verse 11 through 13 says this.
Now Heber the key night of the children of Hobab the father, in law of Moses, had separated himself from the key nights and pitched his tent near the turban tree at Xanim, which is beside Kedesh.
And they reported to Sisera that Barack the son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor.
So Sisera gathered together all his Chariots 900 Chariots of iron, and all the people who are with him from Harrismith hug him to the river Kishon.
The word gets back to the enemy.
The children of Israel are starting to step forward in faith.
They've heard from the Lord they're trusting in the Lord.
Now they've gathered together at Mount Tabor.
And the word is delivered.
To the enemy, and so Cicero the commander gathers together 900 Chariots.
Now again Chariots for them in those days.
That was a huge advantage on the battlefield.
When facing nothing but foot soldiers.
Well they would.
Be a great tool in the hands of the enemy.
The Chariots were made of iron.
They couldn't just be, you know, knocked out with some flaming arrows.
The Chariots would usually have either one or two horses carrying them.
And so it wasn't just the chariot itself, but it was also the speed, the force, the strength of the horses attached to it.
If you were trying to hold the line militarily, the Chariots could breakthrough a line of foot soldiers no problem, and so the enemy.
Having these Chariots was a great threat.
Fighting a chariot on foot might be like attacking a tank in your car like you're not going to get very far, right?
It's going to take you out very quickly.
Berwick had a good amount of soldiers with him.
10,000 he starts out with. It sounds like there's 40,000 leaders you continue to read on through the chapter, but but it doesn't compare to the enemy forces and we don't know exactly how many men were on the enemy side.
But these 900 Chariots are the focal point and mentioned over and over again. Because this is the main instrument, this is the main issue for them.
They're vastly outnumbered in this sense. Because of these 900 Chariots.
But God has a plan.
How is Israel going to defeat this army?
That is vastly outgunning them or or superior to them.
God has a plan to accomplish that, and in order to kind of grasp this, it's helpful to understand the geography.
A little bit.
Going back to verse 6.
When Deborah reminds Barack of what the Lord said, here's what the Lord said.
In verse 6, go and deploy troops at Mount Tabor.
Now Mount Tabor is a mountain that is kind of isolated a little bit.
It just sticks up there in the land of Israel.
Here's a picture of it.
The Lord says to Barack.
Go gather together the troops.
And camp out on Mount Tabor.
Now, one of the things that Chariots are not good at is hills and mountains and trees, and you know they're great on the plains and in a sense, indestructible against foot soldiers in that environment.
But on a mountain, they're not so great.
So, as Sisera begins to.
Gather his troops and set out against the children of Israel.
He doesn't immediately go up the mountain.
But he gathers his troops down in the plane.
Now here's a look at the map to give a little bit of perspective.
You can see here the Sea of Galilee there and the Jordan River that flows out of it.
Hazoor is above the Sea of Galilee.
That's where the the.
Central command of the enemy was.
That was where they were coming from.
You see there a little bit West of the the bottom part of the Sea of Galilee.
That's where the Lord instructed the people to get.
Other you have the Mediterranean Sea there on the far West and the Kishon River that goes down through the Jezreel Valley.
And so you can see it kind of starts down here at the end by Jezreel, and it flows into the Mediterranean Sea.
That whole area there is a deep valley with hills and mountains all around it.
And so the children of Israel I gathered together on Mount Tibor Sisera hears about that, and so he gathers his troops again.
He doesn't immediately go mount up against Tibor, but he works his way down goes into the valley of Jezreel, and is gathered there to fight against Israel.
In verse 13 it says so. Ciceri gathered together all his Chariots 900 Chariots of iron, all his people who are with him from Harish Chef Huim to the river Kshan.
So the Kishon River that's this right here so that he gathered them there right next to the river Kishon.
And then verse 14.
Deborah said to Barack, up for this is the day in which the Lord has delivered Sisera into your hand.
Has not the Lord gone out before you, so Barack went down from Mount Tybor with 10,000 men following him? So now?
As the army is gathered there, the enemy is gathered there against the river.
Prompted by the Lords, as now's the time, we've been camped out on Mount Tabor.
Now is the time to head down the mountain and to attack.
The enemy, and so they're not to stay up on the mountain and make the enemy come to them.
They're going to go down the mountain into the valley of Jezreel to now clash with the enemy forces.
And as they do, verse 15 tells us the Lord routed Sisera and all his Chariots and all his army with the edge of the sword before Barack and Sisera alighted from his chariot and fled away on foot.
They win the battle.
Now, that doesn't give us a lot of detail, right?
How like OK?
900 Chariots over and over and over again, right? We get the idea. It's like this is a massive force.
And then they're camped on the mountain.
They go down and meet them, and then it says the Lord routed Sisera, and all his Chariots with his army.
He threw them into.
Disarray and confusion, and they're now fleeing.
They're running away.
But notice what it says there at the universe 15, Sisera alighted from his chariot and fled away on foot.
Now to get the whole picture of what happened at this battle, you have to read in some of the things that happened that are recounted in judges Chapter 5 and we can't get into all the the details of that.
But in judges, Chapter 5 is the victory song that they write.
After this battle is completed.
And that victory song fills in some of the blanks of what happened here, as these two armies clashed.
In judges Chapter 5, verse four it says, Lord, when you came out from SERE when you marched from the field of Edam, the earth trembled and the heavens poured.
The clouds also poured water.
The mountains gushed before the Lord.
The Sinai before the Lord God of Israel.
What seems to be happening here is as these armies.
Gather for battle suddenly.
Out of season, not expected.
It begins to rain.
You know what happens in a valley?
Whenever it begins to rain.
All the rain as it lands on the mountains around it.
Rushes down into the valley below and this is normal for Israel.
They have quite a few places like this where there's rivers that are dry until it rains and then all of a sudden it's a rushing river.
You know where Chariots are not great.
On a field you can't stand against them.
On a mountain, they have a hard time, but in mud.
Now you understand.
Verse 15 Sisera alighted from his chariot and fled away on foot.
You're like, why would he run away on foot that's not faster than a horse, right?
Well, it is faster than a horse attached to a chariot that's stuck in the mud.
And so it was common for these floods to come down, and this Kishon River would just be taking over the whole valley.
In judges Chapter 5, verse 20.
It says they fought from the heavens, the stars from their courses fought against Sisera.
The torrent of Kishon swept them away that ancient torrent.
The torrent of Kishon Oh my Soul March on in string.
And so the river swelled, flooded the valley, took out the enemy, God coordinated this right?
You can understand.
This is something that only God could plan.
Only God could do this.
Deborah didn't plan the rain right?
She didn't coordinate this and and try to work out this plan.
Barack didn't do this this.
This was a work of God, but by stepping in obedience with God's plan, they found themselves in this perfect scenario where as this storm hit.
Was taken out.
And so Deborah helping Barack along the way.
She guided him into the Lord's plan. She says, now is the time to go up.
And maybe even in barracks mind he might look and say, but it looks like rain now is not a good time to go to battle, right?
I don't know, but she helped guide him say no, no, this is what God wants.
This is where God wants you to be.
It's time now to head down the mountain.
Helped someone walk in God's plan.
The final points to consider this morning is from judges Chapter 5 and I don't actually have any.
Additional things to share about it, but just to comment on the need for it and that is to help someone celebrate God's work verses one through three says. Then Deborah and Barack, the son of Abinoam, sing on that day, saying, when leaders lead in Israel.
When the people willingly offer themselves bless the Lord, Hero Kings give Euro Princess I even I will sing to the Lord.
I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.
In celebration of the victory, they wrote a song to help them rejoice and praise the Lord for what he had done to help them remember the work that God has done.
They celebrated and praised the Lord in this song.
And there is oftentimes this need for us.
Where we experience a work of God, but we neglect to.
Follow through and to give God praise and things and so another way that you can help someone fulfill their role perhaps is to help them celebrate.
Take them out to dinner and rejoice and celebrate in the work that God has done.
I don't know.
Maybe you write a song.
Maybe you post an update on social media.
Maybe you ask someone about Mexico.
And say, hey, tell me what the Lord did, tell me what you experienced, and and in that way give them an opportunity to celebrate.
The work that God has done and so this morning I would encourage you to let Deborah be an exhortation, a model for you to consider that you would help someone fulfill their role.
Bring forth a prophetic word.
Consider one another earnestly desire to prophecy that you might be able to come alongside and Minister to someone exactly what they need from the Lord.
Maybe offer to go with them to step in with them into whatever it is that God is leading towards that you maybe are not part of the work exactly.
But but that you'll just be present, you'll just.
Be there with them in support of the things that God is doing.
Help them walk in God's plan. Perhaps give some guidance and some instruction as the Lord leads that they would be right where they need to be so that when the rains come, when the rivers overflow or whatever God wants to do that they're in the right place for the work to be effective on their behalf and the things that God wants to do. And then you can help them.
By celebrating rejoicing, singing, a song, patting them on the back, you know pointing their eyes to the Lord, rejoicing together in the things that God has done.
Help someone fulfill their role.
That's pretty would be.
Thank you for your word and the encouragement to us.
I pray God that you would help us lay people upon our hearts, Lord, that we would consider them that we would pray for them and Lord, that we would seek you to be effective and useful in your hands to bring about.
Or encouragement exhortation.
Lord, that we can be assisting in the work that you want to do in their lives.
Help us Lord to have a a meaningful role in part to play as we seek you and CQ for those around us.
I pray this in Jesus name.