The Song of Deborah (Judges 5)

Scripture Text:

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Judges 5

Questions:

1. When you celebrate a victory, what are you known to do: Cry? Laugh? Shout? Lapse into poetry? Break out in song? Spoil yourself? Treat your friends?

2.  When was the last time you recall singing someone’s praises without a hymnbook? Has anyone ever sung your praises? What for?

3. What was one of your favorite popular songs as a teen? How about today?

4. As songwriters, what similarities do Deborah and Barak have with Moses and Miriam (see Exodus 15:1 – 21)? With Mary and Zechariah (see Luke 1:46 – 55, 68 – 79)?

5. What is your favorite lyric or major theme in this song? Which statements by Deborah seem shocking or in bad taste?

6. Of the tribes which participated in battle (verses 13 – 18), which received highest marks? Which the lowest? What might have motivated some to join in and others to abstain? How do you suppose this affected future relations between the 12 tribes of Israel?

7. On balance, do you like Deborah and Jael? Or do you cringe at the lawlessness of these times Israel had no king?

8. Deborah was a prophet, a leader, a songwriter. If you (or your parents) had to describe yourself in three words, which three would you choose? What is the story behind those words?

9. Some tribes pitched in to help Deborah, while others did not. In your life, are you experiencing people pitching in to help? How so? Where are you feeling somewhat abandoned?

10. Other than for God, whom would you likely compose a song of praise?

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