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Bible Story Reference: Judges 4, 5:1-5
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
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.
Deborah’s Palm Tree
What You Need
Cut out 6-8 leaves for each tree.
Make short diagonal cuts around the edges of each leaf. Fold leaves in half and make a slight crease to make them look more realistic.
Arrange leaves and fasten the stems inside the roll with tape.