Quick Lesson: Deborah and the Israelites against Sisera’s Army

Story: Deborah & the Israelites against the armies of Sisera

Scripture: Judges 4:1-16, 5:1-23

Main Point: God was faithful to the Israelites, and they trusted in Him, which is why they won the battle!

Quick Overview: Deborah was a judge whom God appointed to the Israelites. As Sisera’s armies came against the Israelites, Deborah encouraged Barak (the leader of the Israelites armies) to trust in God and fight Sisera. Barak asked Deborah to go with him, otherwise he would not go. Deborah went with Barak, and the Israelites defeated Sisera’s army. Afterwards, they wrote a song praising God for the victory.

Creative Idea: For this story, I recommend doing a dramatic reading or re-creating the story yourself. Why? Honestly, your kids will understand the story much more if you take the time to prepare this lesson and tell it by using story-telling. In 5-10 minutes you can create a basic outline of the story and begin practicing your story-telling! The creative idea? Draw a picture for each “scene” of the story that you tell! This will engage the children more and enhance your story.

Craft: This craft is very affordable, and very fun and engaging for kids! All you need is construction paper, scissors, markers, crayons and pipe cleaners. The craft is making the tree that Deborah sat underneath. Rather than explain the process, you can see the example (created by my wonderful wife!) above and create it for yourself! When we tried this craft, the children were very excited for the “designing” aspect of creating this craft. As you do the craft, don’t forget to talk about the story and ask questions!

Memory Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.