Worship at Home This Week
by Rev. Annie Melick

Scripture:  Judges 4:1-5  


The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, after Ehud died. So the Lord sold them into the hand of King Jabin of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-ha-goiim. 

Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord for help; for he had nine hundred chariots of iron, and had oppressed the Israelites cruelly twenty years.

At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel. 

She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites came up to her for judgment.   

Ponder this:

The Israelites have a pattern to their relationship with God: They disobey God (did what was evil in the sight of the Lord). God has them suffer consequences. They cry out to God. God rescues them (often with a new leader). Have you ever seen this pattern in your own life, or in the life of the church? How was Deborah an unlikely leader to defeat Sisera? How can you be faithful to God by stepping up in situations around you? How can you encourage your spiritual leaders this week?


Lord, I thank you for hearing my cries, forgiving my sin, and providing spiritual leadership for me. Open my eyes today to needs around me that I can help with. Amen.