Deborah and Barak Sunday School Craft for Kids
Studying Deborah and Barak from the Book of Judges with the kids in your Sunday School class? The book of Judges is packed with exciting characters and miracles. Deborah and Barak are just some of these fascinating characters. This Deborah and Barak Sunday School Craft For Kids will not disappoint.
Deborah was an important prophetess during the time of Judges. God had delivered His people out of Egypt and brought them into the promised land. God told His people, the Israelites, to follow His laws and to avoid following the ways of the sinful people who occupied the land.
But the Israelites were quick to forget anything God told them.
During the 400 years of the Judges, ”Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.” (We see this verse numerous times throughout this Old Testament book.) They decided what was right and wrong. They made their own laws. They worshipped their own idols. They did whatever they deemed ok.
Kind of sounds like today, doesn’t it?
Throughout this 400 time span of the Israelites history, the Israelites would sin, doing what they thought was right in their own eyes, so God would send affliction to the people as punishment. In desperation, they would call out to God for help, and then God would send a Judge to help the people and warn them to repent of their sin.
Some of the more famous of these judges includes Deborah, Samson, Gideon, and Samuel. Deborah was the only female judge mentioned in the Bible.
Deborah was also a prophetess, and she often settled disputes among the Israeli people while she sat under a Palm Tree in the hill country of Ephraim. One day she told Barak, the commander of the Israelite army, that the Lord had commanded him to take his army to defeat Israel’s enemy, Sisera. Sisera was the commanding officer of the Canaanite army.
Barak told Deborah he would only go if Deborah went with him. Deborah agrees to go but warns Barak that because of his doubt in God’s plan, the credit for the battle would go to a woman. This is later fulfilled when a woman named Jael kills Sisera with a tent peg while Sisera hides in her tent.
What lessons can we learn from Deborah and Barak?
#1 – God Can Use Anyone To Fulfill His Purposes
Deborah lived in a time when women rarely held any type of leadership role. Yet God called Deborah to be a prophetess and judge over His special chosen people. Deborah was wise, courageous, and faithful so God chose her to do His work.
#2 – Deborah Shows Us That Obedience to God is Vital to Our Success
Listening to God’s command, Deborah tells Barak to take 10,000 men and go fight their enemy, Sisera. Barak would not go unless Deborah went with him. Failing to fully trust and believe in God, Barak was told that he would not get the credit for his victory over Sisera. Instead, Jael is credited for killing Sisera. Success in anything we do requires obedience to God!
Barak said: “If you will go with me, I will go; if not I will not go” (Judges 4:8).
#3 – Deborah Took Time to Listen To God
Deborah was known for sitting under a palm tree and offering her judgements to the people. During this time, she probably had time to sit quietly and pray and listen to God. To you take time to sit quietly and listen for God’s voice? God wants us to spend time with Him and to spend time seeking Him.
“Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers!
I, even I, will sing to the Lord;
I will praise the Lord, the God of Israel, in song.”
Bring this heroic Bible story to life with this hands on Deborah and Barak Sunday school craft. This Sunday school craft includes questions, flips shapes, a word search, and coloring activity for Sunday school students who are studying Deborah and Barak from the book of Judges.
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The lapbook will provide an engaging, memorable craft for your Sunday School lesson on Deborah, Barak, and Sisera’s defeat from Judges 4 – 5.
Key Takeaways for a Lesson on Deborah and Barak for Sunday School
Deborah was a judge of Israel and prophetess of God. She told Barak to go fight Sisera and that God would give Barak victory. However, Barak said he would only go fight if Deborah went with him. Because of his doubt, the victory would be credited to a woman. What can we learn from this? God is always sure of His plans and we can always trust Him.
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