Friday, 30th December 2022
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-7 Our Cry, God’s Salvation
V1-3 ‘When Ehud was dead, the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord. So the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The commander of his army was Sisera, who dwelt in Harosheth Hagoyim. And the children of Israel cried out to the Lord; for Jabin had nine hundred chariots of iron, and for twenty years he had harshly oppressed the children of Israel.’ When we call out to God, He will save us, and He will lead us to turn defeat into victory. Before 2022 ends, are we willing to cry out for God and leave our comfort zone?
V4-5 ‘Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging Israel at that time. And she would sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the mountains of Ephraim. And the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.’ The name of Lapidoth means ‘fire’, he was named to light up for God and be on fire for God, but somehow, he had lost this fire and the Word of God was not preached. The name of Lapidoth’s wife, Deborah, means ‘bee’, as a wife, she was named to work hard and be busy like a bee, but she was willing to rise up for God. She was willing to come out from the cave of her household and became the Judge of the people. Can we also come out from our comfort zone and respond to God’s calling? There are many things in our lives that stop us from choosing God’s Way, we might be brought up to be like the bees, to work hard for living. But today God is calling us to rise and shine for Him.
Section Two V8-10 Our Doubt, God’s Faithfulness
V8 ‘And Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!”’ God called Barak, but he had doubt and he requested Deborah to go with him. Whereas Deborah had the courage to walk out and boldly respond to God’s calling. Today God is also calling us, when our spouse or people next to us don’t respond to this calling, can we step out? God will give us strength, and God will allow us to encourage others to step up. Deborah responded to God first, even though she was a woman, she was not afraid, and because of her, Barak also had the courage to respond to God. God wants us to rise and shine, in our workplace, in our family, in our society… when we are willing to step out, He has the power to do amazing things in our lives and through our lives!
Section Three V11-24 Our Willingness, God’s Accomplishment
V11 ‘Now Heber the Kenite, of the children of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, had separated himself from the Kenites and pitched his tent near the terebinth tree at Zaanaim, which is beside Kedesh.’ Moses’ father-in-law was not an Israelite and Moses’ wife was being looked down by Moses’ siblings. Nobody expected them to fight for the Israelites and to do anything for God. V17 ‘However, Sisera had fled away on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite; for there was peace between Jabin king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.’ Furthermore, the name Jael means ‘goat’, she seemed powerless and harmless. Sisera thought he was in a safe place, and he was not alert, which caused his death.
We must be willing to walk forward to respond to God, it does not matter if we are brought up as a bee or as a goat, because God looks at our hearts, and when we have a willing heart, then God can do all things through us. In the end of 2022, God is calling us to respond to Him to rise up, to shine, and to fight for Him. Then our enemies will flee. So let us come out from our caves, let us come out from our comfort zone, our lives are about to change, and we will walk together in the blessed destiny from God.
士师记 4 – 走在命定中 神与人的互动
一、v.1-7 人呼求 神搭救
二、v.8-12 人怀疑 神信实
三、v.13-24 人愿意 神成全