Barak was an Israelite from the tribe of Naphtali. Deborah chose him (under the direction of God) to lead the Israelite army against the army of Jabin, which was led by Sisera. Barak agreed to lead the army if Deborah would go into battle with them. Deborah said she would go with him but because he wanted her to go, he would lose out on the honor of killing Sisera himself and that honor would go to woman.
But what does that mean? Traditionally when 2 armies fought they would try to capture the opposing side’s leader and then kill him publicly to show everyone that they had completely defeated their enemy. Losing that opportunity itself would probably be somewhat embarrassing. However Deborah said that a woman would get that honor. This would be even more embarrassing because usually women didn’t fight in their wars so that meant Sisera wouldn’t even be killed in a battle! For an army commander that might look bad.
So why did God do that to the leader of His army. Because when Barak asked Deborah to go it showed that Barak’s faith was in a person (Deborah) not God! Barak was afraid to go into battle without the representative of God, instead of trusting that God Himself would be with him. God wants us to put our trust in Him not His chosen leaders.
Barak did go on to lead the army to defeat Jabin’s army but the honor of killing Sisera fell to Jael, the wife of one of Jabin’s allies. However Barak was faithful to follow God’s plan and is still remembered as a great man of God. His faith just wavered a little and needed a boost by the presence of a godly leader. Barak is a good reminder that even godly people aren’t always perfect, but God can still use them!!
Have each child draw a picture of a house. Don’t let them see each other’s drawings. Then have them start drawing the same house but only do about ½ of the drawing. Trade papers, have another child finish the house. (If you only have one child you can be the 2nd artist) Did the 2 pictures come out the same? Remind your child that the job got done but it wasn’t the same because someone else helped. Sometimes that is good, sometimes it is not. We need to follow God’s plan all the way.