Deborah and Barak - November 15, 2020

Bible Study “Deborah and Barak”

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How do you define a leader?  Do you know a great leader?

Do you know what a prophetess is? 

Do you know a woman leader?   


Let’s read about how once Joshua died, the Israelites have been without one central leader and throughout the book of Judges, we see the people of Israel struggle with continuing to remain faithful to God without their leader.   

Please open your Bibles to Judges 4: 1-7 and read or read the scriptures below. 

Judges 4:1-7

Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, now that Ehud was dead. 2 So the Lord sold them into the hands of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. Sisera, the commander of his army, was based in Harosheth Haggoyim. 3 Because he had nine hundred chariots fitted with iron and had cruelly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years, they cried to the Lord for help.

4 Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading[a] Israel at that time. 5 She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided. 6 She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor. 7 I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.’”


Maps of the land during Deborah and Barak


Reflection Questions:

  • What do you think it was like for the Israelites to go ask for help?
  • What do you think it was like to be Deborah standing up for the Israelites?
  • What kind of leader do you think Deborah was?


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God’s Story: Deborah (Younger Kid’s) -

Deborah and Barak -

Deborah and Barak’s Duet Bible Animation -

Deborah – Mother, Prophet, Judge -



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Deborah and Being a Leader

Today we hear about Deborah in the Book of Judges. Deborah was the only female judge we hear about in the Bible. Judges in Jesus’ time were different that our judges now. Judges in the Bible are leaders who have been raised up by God to deliver the people of Israel from their oppressors. They have spiritual and military power and help the people of Israel fight their battles to free them and gain the land God had promised them.

We don’t know much about Deborah, but we do know that she was a prophet, wife, counselor, warrior and judge. She was a solid leader that people looked up to and she was such a strong leader that even other military leaders relied on her as they fought their battles.

Let’s look at all the roles she had.  What you think it means to be each one of the following roles and why these roles are important.

  • Prophet
  • Wife
  • Counselor
  • Warrior
  • Judge

That is a picture of Deborah. It’s now your turn. Think of a leader that you admire, someone that makes you think in different ways, or who has those qualities we listed above.  Create a portrait of that leader and how they are leading you to follow God.


Gravel Judge Snacks


Prayer: God of Love, who guides us through our lives using leaders and strong people like Deborah, lead us so we may clearly see where we should go and see where you need us to serve. Amen.   Also say the Lord’s Prayer.