The Brave-Hearted and the Weak-Hearted

MESSAGE - Pastor Dale Thiele

Judges: Life Without a King

The Brave-Hearted and the Weak-Hearted


  • A Story of Four Diverse Actors


            Sisera and His Cruel Oppression


            Deborah and Her Wise Council


            Barak and His Need for Evangelism


            Jael and Her Deceptive Victory


  • Will the Real Deliverer Step Forward?


            Yahweh the Warrior 


Questions for Further Study or Group Discussion:

  1. Read Judges 4:1-24. What stands out to you from this passage? How would this passage encourage the original audience, the Israelites of the Old Testament?
  2. Why does it take so long for Israel to “cry out” for help (see v. 3)?
  3. Consider Barak’s response in verse 8. What lies behind his words? Fear? Wisdom? Lack of faith? How does the Lord and Deborah “evangelize” Barak in this story?
  4. Who is the victor in this chapter? How does he provide victory? What does Yahweh want his people to know and believe? 

Memory Verse of the Week:

Deuteronomy 31:8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. (ESV)