SanLo Community, an update for the week of September 16, 2018…
Thank you Pastor Rod for the message from Judges 4:1-16, “Trust…..Must or Bust?” When it comes to our personal finances, we have a tendency to put our trust in what we have. Continuing in our series in the book of Judges: Fallen People, Faithful God, we see it is best to put our trust in the Lord. Judges 4:1-16, Then the sons of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, after Ehud died. 2 And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; and the commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-hagoyim. After Ehud died the land was undisturbed for 80 years but here Jabin, King of Canaan. 3The sons of Israel cried to the >span class="small-caps">Lord; for he had nine hundred iron chariots, and he oppressed the sons of Israel severely for twenty years. The definition of trust is the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something that which is solid, sure and lasting. Where do we place our trust?
Trust the Message of God (vv.4-7) 4 Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. 5 She used to sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the sons of Israel came up to her for judgment. Prophetess – who had divine wisdom/ knowledge; not necessarily foretelling future. Sit under the palm tree of Deborah – in the same spot, like an umbrella. Sons of Israel came up to her for judgment. came up Not up a hill or high bench but speaks of special height. Talking to a woman of God, chosen by God who settled disputes among the people that the lower courts could not. 6 Now she sent and summoned Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali. summoned Barak – his name meaning ‘lightning.’ Kedesh-naphtali – lived very close to Canaanite area. 6b She said to him, “Behold, the Lord, the God of Israel, has commanded, ‘Go and march to Mount Tabor, and take with you ten thousand men from the sons of Naphtali and from the sons of Zebulun. She relays God’s command to Barak: march to Mount Tabor – good strategy being the high ground at 1,300’. God’s command: 7 I will draw out to you (lure) Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his many troops to the river Kishon, and I will give him into your hand.’” Deborah heard God and was receptive to Him. She believed God and obeyed Him, not only in the daily judgments but in pivotal events. The message of God is found in His Word. When do we open God’s word? Do not trust in what we have but trust in Who has us.
Trust the Messenger of God (vv.8-13) 8 Then Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.” 9 She said, “I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the honor shall not be yours on the journey that you are about to take, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hands of a woman.” Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh. Deborah agrees to go but the honor of the victory will be given up by Barak. The Lord will sell Sisera into the hands of a woman, not herself…but Jael. 10 Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali together to Kedesh, and ten thousand men went up with him; Deborah also went up with him. 12 Then they told Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor. 13 Sisera called together all his chariots, nine hundred iron chariots, and all the people who were with him, from Harosheth-hagoyim to the river Kishon. Sisera deploys his chariots and army, the Canaanite oppressors, which included 900 iron chariots and many troops. The River Kishon was near Megiddo. Did Barak not trust the messenger? ‘only ten thousand men?’ - “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.” Was he uncertain, weak or unspiritual? He is listed in heroes of faith in Hebrews 11:32. In Judges 5, Barak both praises and is praised. Deborah is that special link – like Moses or the Ark of the Covenant. Do not trust in what we have but trust in Who has us
Trust the Messiah of God (vv.14-16) 14 Deborah said to Barak, “Arise! For this is the day in which the Lord has given Sisera into your hands; behold, the Lord has gone out before you.” So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand men following him. Deborah orders Barak to attack. They leave the high ground and go right into the chariots. Who is leading the charge? Lord has gone out before you. 15 The Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and all his army with the edge of the sword before Barak; and Sisera alighted from his chariot and fled away on foot. Lord routed – He confused them into a full-scale panic. In Judges 5:21, “The torrent of Kishon swept them away,” The ancient torrent, the torrent Kishon. God sent a flash flood which bogged down the chariots in the mud. 16 But Barak pursued the chariots and the army as far as Harosheth-hagoyim, and all the army of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; not even one was left. There was a total destruction of Sisera. God is the Deliverer, rescuer and Savior. Do not trust in what you have but trust in Who has you.
Mission Moment: Welcome to Mike and Yuko Acuna with team members, Jondy Natividad, Brandon and Jeremiah with On The Mission, who shared about their mission to Yokohama, Japan this past July 21st through August 5th. They were excited to share how God answered prayer as 2 individuals made first time decisions to become Christians, and 160 students were able to participate in the basketball clinics, also hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ. They ask for prayer as they seek the Lord for future trips.