Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Beware the Woman With the Nail Gun. (Judges 4)

Who is someone that inspires you? Why?

When have you been inspired by someone else to do something you thought might be impossible? Did you accomplish what you set out to do? Why or why not?

Read Judges 4:4-10.

Verse 5 says the Israelites came to Deborah to have their disputes settled. What are some words you might use to describe the kind of virtues Deborah likely possessed?

Why do you think Barak wanted Deborah to go into battle with him? What does that communicate about Deborah's character?

Read Judges 4:11-23. What do you think of Jael?

Notice in verses 11 and 17  that Jael's family weren't Israelites, and they were "friendly" with Jabin and Sisera. Why do you think Jael chose to kill Sisera? Do you think her choice caused problems for her or her husband? Was it wrong for her to kill someone with whom her husband had an alliance? Why or why not?

What does this story have teach us about the roles of men and women?

Have each person in the group choose a character trait that was demonstrated by Deborah or Jael, and that they would like to develop more in their own life. Talk about why they need this character trait and what they might do to grow it.

Have each person in the group commit to pray for one other person in the group this week. Pray specifically that they will have success in their "character growth" efforts.

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