Scripture Reading

Judges 4; 5

Lesson 3: A Strong Woman and a Well-Aimed Nail[1]

Please read the selected weekly Scripture before arriving to your LifeGroup. Again, Israel found themselves serving their enemies by falling prey to their sin. They rejoiced in their past victories, but forgot to learn from their mistakes. Nevertheless, the judge and prophetess Deborah along with Israel’s faithful military leader, Barak, courageously pursued the Canaanites. As a result, Sisera, the captain of the Canaanite army, realized tremendous defeat. Upon fleeing his chariot and discerning a peaceful place to rest, he was killed by a strike to the temple with a nail by an unsuspecting woman; a strong and brave woman, named Jael. This victory brought forty years of rest in the nation of Israel.

Recommended Questions for LifeGroup Leaders:

  • Page 25, Question 1

  • Page 26, Questions 2, 3, 4, 5

  • Page 27, Questions 6, 7, 8

  • Page 28, Question 10

  • Page 29, Question 13, 15

  • Page 30, Question 17

Note(s) to LifeGroup Leaders:

  • Please read most of the commentary to your LifeGroup. You may summarize it if necessary, but there is nothing wrong with reading it. If you are a husband and wife team leading, perhaps take turns reading to the group. There is valuable review of the Scripture passages and application for effective discussion. Use your LifeGroup members to read Scripture.

  • The “Making It Personal” section is not designed for group discussion. These are questions that you might use to conclude before prayer. They are questions that prompt personal conviction and application. Please use them at your discretion to help your group.

[1] Glimmers of Hope in Dark Times: Judges and Ruth. (Schaumburg, IL: Regular Baptist Press, 2005).
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