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Bible Story Reference: Judges 4, 5:1-5
Zechariah 4:6b (NIV)
Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.
The Israelites were living in the land of Canaan, but they were not obeying God’s laws. Because of their disobedience, God’s people were in trouble. There was a very large army trying to fight them. The army had 900 iron chariots!
The Israelites remembered how much God loved them. They prayed and asked God to help them fight. God had chosen a woman named Deborah to be a judge among the people.
Deborah loved God, and she often spoke to the people about what God wanted them to do. God gave Deborah a message to give to the commander of the Israelite army. Deborah delivered the message, but the commander at first was too afraid to go and fight. He knew how many chariots they had. He asked Deborah to join him in the effort. Deborah knew God would be with them and help them win. She agreed to go with the commander.
The commander gathered his army and met Deborah at the top of a mountain. They could look down the mountain and see all 900 iron
chariots, and they were getting closer! Deborah told the commander, “Go. God will help you win!”
The commander obeyed and started down the mountain. Then something amazing happened. God caused a big thunderstorm to occur! It happened so fast and there was so much water that it confused the enemy. The soldiers tried to run, but their chariots got stuck in the mud. God’s people were able to win the battle!
Deborah and the commander of the army sang a song of praise for the victory God had given them. They sang, “I will sing to the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel” (Judges 5:3).
From the story, we see that Deborah was courageous. Courage involves making good choices in the face of fear or obstacles. It’s another term for bravery. It means we do not let fear hold us back from doing what is right.
Lord, give us faith so that we can be strong for You like Deborah. Whatever you tell us to do, we want to be brave for You. In Jesus’ name, we pray, amen.
What You Need
Cut a strip of grass from the green paper and glue it to the bottom of the blue paper to create the ground on which Deborah sat.
Next, cut a strip from the brown paper. This will be the tree trunk. Glue the tee trunk to the ground (blue paper).
On another piece of green paper, fold it in half and then half again. Cut palm leaf shapes in different sizes.
When the leaves are unfolded, glue them to the top of the palm tree trunk. Keep a good crease in the leaves to enhance the 3D effect as they pop off the page. Place the leaves so that the fronds stick out away from the paper.
You can now draw a picture of Deborah sitting under the palm tree as she judged Israel.