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DEBORAH, A WOMAN
International Sunday School
For July 18, 1952.
Memory Selection: "Be strong and
of good courage; be not affrighted,
neither be , thou dismayed: for the
Lord- thy God is with thee witherso
ever thou goest." aoanua i: . :
"XjUiwon Text: Judges 4: 1-10;
The period of Israelitish history cot- f
end by the Book of Judges extended;
for about two and a naif centunes,
lasting from the death of .Joshua to
the advent of Eli. This period is
chaotic, no centralized government
existed. no f great national leaders
reigned over the people and the Israel,
ites wandered away from the worship
of God. 'X;':-:, "' ftH'4
. There were various emergencies
when the Israelites were threatened
bv their enemies, at which time a tem
porary figure would emerge to stand
in heroic proportions, under whose
influence the danger would be over
come, These leaders were called
. judges. There were twelve such lead,
en: Ethniel, Ehud, Gideon, Samson,
and a woman, Deborah, among the
most prominent. .
Deborah was a prophetess, living
near Jerusalem, who had gained a
wide reputation for her judgment and
vision. The particular oppressor of
the Israelites at this time was Jabin,
King of the .Canaanites in the North,
and his military commander was Sis
era. Deborah realized fully the suf
fering and trials which sorrowed some
of her people and she became the in-
. strumentality by which relief came to
them, - V ;: j'; - ,.' ;Vf
' This courageous woman sent for
Barak, who lived at KadesH, evident
ly a leader of some consequence, and
repeated to him the inspired message
that he should lead , the Israelites
against the arm of Jabin. Barak
doubted and hesitated, but became
- convinced when Deborah agreed to
accompany him at the head of the at
tacking forces. So, the Israelites
gathered at Kadesh and prepared for
The battle which followed was pre
cipitated by the counsel of the inspir
ed 'Deborah. - Although .. Sisera had
nine hundred war chariots under his
command, .d -th&ilsraelites none,
Deborah's 1 faitfr: irithe purpose of
God .was sufficient lb overcome the
v ftin ' tnWrfi JiAwiA mlclit have
prevented ,an attack. As the battle
developed a storm created confusion
. in the, . ranks of Store's army and
it was entirely routed. '
' ' Sisera, the leader of JaJMn's sold
iers, fled from the battlefield and
, took refuge in the tent of Heber, the
Kennite. who was friendly to. Jabin.
However, Jael, Heber wife, killed
t the trusting leader by treachery. The
fact that Deborah belled this death
' with triumph and glee illustrates the
barbarity of that age, many centuries
before the religion of Christ began to
make even warfare more humane. Yet,
n is wen to Dear .in . nuiiu, muucra
f wars also have their terrible atroci
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Celebrating the victory, we have the
Song of Deborah. This is more pa
triotic than moral and more warlike
, than religious, but it is well to remem
ber that, to the ancient Israelites,
Sisera was the embodiment of evil.
What Deborah. ays of Sisera, as J.
D. Jon.es comments, "w true of every
evil man. of-every evi . sowerof all
wickedness and wrong-the stars in
their '.course are fhrhtW asrainat
them the. trend and constitution of
things awf WorMng, itaadily. and ir-
resistbly fr 1 r' defeat and, over
throw.' The universe is-soTtnade that
it Is against alHyrond andion the side
'of right." .
The modern reader of this: episode
may wonder at the storm which add
ed the Israelites, but history Is "not
without similar incidents. . When the
, huge; Spanish Armada' ailed' to con
quer England, a storm contributed
more to its defeat than the English
ships -as the English themselves said:
"God blew upon them and they were
scattered." When an ealy winter in
sured the' defeat of Napoleon's, in
vasion of Russia, the great French-
; man said, "God Almighty has been
too much for me." The story of Joan
! of Arc, tiie little- French peasant girl
who l&ft her sheep and flax to don the
' aolI sr's armor,' and who rescued her
(France from the invaders, is another
example of what a woman, inspired
by faith in God, can accomplish,,
OtheF women havelikewise done
their part to improye''the world, al
ways inspired by a? gret faith. Flor-
' ence Niguilngale; Jane -AdJ..ms, Evan
geline Booth and many others-might
be mentioned. JFrances ,'WiIlari, the
only woman whose statue is in tlatu
ary Hall, led the movement for wo-
: men's suffrage and prohibition. . The
modern woman coulj taks a patriotic
' iricr"?t in her government none
i t:.ou.J shirk this re; ty
; '.-As Hinnie Ft'."" r : i ( i: "Nil
r r--i" in : ' '-s? y t r v
i a a, i m
The Libertv Bell never rings. Ever ainc it
rck4hile tolling the death of Chief Justice
Marshall in 1835, it has stood motionless and
silent, like the Americana men and women,
boys and girlar-who come every day to behold it.
But each Sunday, iri cities and hamlets across
the continent, the church bells ring! They have
taken up the song of their silent brother that it
may. echo endlessly throughout America,
Those millions of Christian worshippers for
whom the bells ring are a living symbol of Free
dom. BuV more than that, they are the users of
Freedom, preserving through practice and pray
er their tasred right to believe; and to live their
faith. :;r :,. .;"--:.' -- !v y
Small matter that The Liberty Bell does not
ring. ,.rvt ,v.
Freedom snail live as long as Church BELLS
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