Faithlife Sermons

La Libertadora de Israel / Israel's Deliverer

Sermon  •  Submitted
0 ratings
· 1 view
Notes
Transcript
Sermon Tone Analysis
A
D
F
J
S
Emotion
A
C
T
Language
O
C
E
A
E
Social
View more →

Introduction

When we think a of men we normally think of:
Strength
Leadership
Power
Influence
However, when we think of a woman there are many who think of:
Someone who is physically weaker than a man.
Someone that requires care and protection.
For many decades women were not given the right to vote, own property, or even aspire to certain professions.
Women were regarded as not having the intellectual or emotional capacity for certain professions (e.g., lawyers, doctors).
Women were regarded as not having a voice in governmental matters.
The Bible gives us another picture of the dignity and worth of women:
Women are created in the image of God.
Women and men are equal before the eyes of God.
God gave men and women different roles and responsibilities; but they are of equal worth and dignity before the eyes of the Lord.
The Bible does not treat women as a second class citizen, but treats her as a person of worth and value.
In our journey through the 2019 Bible Reading Plan we encounter how God saved the people of God through a woman. Today, we will consider:
The consequences of sin
God’s deliverer
God’s plan of redemption

I. The consequences of sin

I. Las consecuencias del pecado

The book of Judges shows us a continuous cycle that the people of God experienced:
The people would sin against God.
God would judge his people and give them into their enemies’ hands.
The people would cry out to God pleading for deliverance.
God would send a deliverer.
We see a summary of this cycle in
Judges 2:16–19 NIV
Then the Lord raised up judges, who saved them out of the hands of these raiders. Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped them. They quickly turned from the ways of their ancestors, who had been obedient to the Lord’s commands. Whenever the Lord raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the Lord relented because of their groaning under those who oppressed and afflicted them. But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt than those of their ancestors, following other gods and serving and worshiping them. They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways.
Judges 2:16–19 RVR60
Y Jehová levantó jueces que los librasen de mano de los que les despojaban; pero tampoco oyeron a sus jueces, sino que fueron tras dioses ajenos, a los cuales adoraron; se apartaron pronto del camino en que anduvieron sus padres obedeciendo a los mandamientos de Jehová; ellos no hicieron así. Y cuando Jehová les levantaba jueces, Jehová estaba con el juez, y los libraba de mano de los enemigos todo el tiempo de aquel juez; porque Jehová era movido a misericordia por sus gemidos a causa de los que los oprimían y afligían. Mas acontecía que al morir el juez, ellos volvían atrás, y se corrompían más que sus padres, siguiendo a dioses ajenos para servirles, e inclinándose delante de ellos; y no se apartaban de sus obras, ni de su obstinado camino.
Judges 2:16-19
God’s people find themselves in this situation once more:
Judges 4:1 NIV
Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, now that Ehud was dead.
Judges 4:1 RVR60
Después de la muerte de Aod, los hijos de Israel volvieron a hacer lo malo ante los ojos de Jehová.
Jdg
The people have sinned against God and he has given them over to their enemies.
We cannot expect God’s blessing when we deliberately turn away from God and embrace our sin.
God will not be mocked by no human being.
Galatians 6:7 NIV
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
G
Galatians 6:7 RVR60
No os engañéis; Dios no puede ser burlado: pues todo lo que el hombre sembrare, eso también segará.
God gave the people over to Jabin, a caananite King.
Judges 4:2 NIV
So the Lord sold them into the hands of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. Sisera, the commander of his army, was based in Harosheth Haggoyim.
Judges 4.2
Judges 4:2 RVR60
Y Jehová los vendió en mano de Jabín rey de Canaán, el cual reinó en Hazor; y el capitán de su ejército se llamaba Sísara, el cual habitaba en Haroset-goim.
The tells us that Sisera was the commander of the army.
The people of God feared him greatly. Sisera was a mighty and powerful man.
The people of God start to cry out to the Lord to be delivered from the hand of Sisera. They cry out in repentance before God.
Judges 4:3 NIV
Because he had nine hundred chariots fitted with iron and had cruelly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years, they cried to the Lord for help.
Judges 4:3 RVR60
Entonces los hijos de Israel clamaron a Jehová, porque aquél tenía novecientos carros herrados, y había oprimido con crueldad a los hijos de Israel por veinte años.
The people of God had suffered greatly.
They have been oppressed for 20 years.
King Jabin was no ordinary king. He had a mighty army. His army was practically indestructible; after all, he possessed 900 chariots. They were not ordinary chariots. They were iron clad chariots.
The people of God knew that only God could deliver them.
God will show his mercy to his people.
God hears those that humble themselves before his presence.
God listens to those who cry out to him in faith and repentance.
God will send a deliverer just as he had done in the past.

II. God’s deliverer

II. La libertadora de parte de Dios

Who will God send to deliver his people from this mighty commander?
One may think that God will send a mighty warrior!
One may think that he will send another Moses!
One could also think that he would send a brave man like Joshua!
However, God does not do what many would expect him to do:
In those days Israel’s leader was not a man - it was Deborah, the prophetess.
Judges 4:4 NIV
Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time.
Judges 4:4 RVR60
Gobernaba en aquel tiempo a Israel una mujer, Débora, profetisa, mujer de Lapidot;
Jdg 4:
It was a woman that was leading the people of God during this time of great difficulty.
We are also told of Barak, who acted as a military commander.
Judges 4:6 NIV
She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor.
Jdg 4:
Judges 4:6 RVR60
Y ella envió a llamar a Barac hijo de Abinoam, de Cedes de Neftalí, y le dijo: ¿No te ha mandado Jehová Dios de Israel, diciendo: Ve, junta a tu gente en el monte de Tabor, y toma contigo diez mil hombres de la tribu de Neftalí y de la tribu de Zabulón;
Deborah orders Barak to give orders to a troop of 10,000 men and fight. She says it by God’s authority. It is God who is commanding Barak to fight.
Judges 4:6
Judges 4:8 NIV
Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.”
Judges 4:8 RVR60
Barac le respondió: Si tú fueres conmigo, yo iré; pero si no fueres conmigo, no iré.
Barak is utterly intimidated by Sisera and his incredible army of 900 iron chariots. He is afraid!
Judges 4.
After all, they are outnumbered.
Barak, being an experienced military commander, knows that they will not be successful in this battle.
However, he has forgotten that it is the Lord who has commanded them to fight.
Deborah is simply following God’s orders.
Barak will not go into battle unless Deborah goes with him.
Judges 4:9 NIV
“Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh.
Judges 4:9
Judges 4:9 RVR60
Ella dijo: Iré contigo; mas no será tuya la gloria de la jornada que emprendes, porque en mano de mujer venderá Jehová a Sísara. Y levantándose Débora, fue con Barac a Cedes.
Deborah goes with him. However, she makes it very clear that the glory will not go to Barak. God is delivering his people through a woman.
How is it that God will accomplish his deliverance of his people - not through a mighty warrior, not through an experienced commander, not through a mighty deliverer - but through a woman?
The battle scene is described in verses 14-16
Judges 4:15–16 NIV
At Barak’s advance, the Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and army by the sword, and Sisera got down from his chariot and fled on foot. Barak pursued the chariots and army as far as Harosheth Haggoyim, and all Sisera’s troops fell by the sword; not a man was left.
Judges 4:15 NIV
At Barak’s advance, the Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and army by the sword, and Sisera got down from his chariot and fled on foot.
Judges 4:15–16 RVR60
Y Jehová quebrantó a Sísara, a todos sus carros y a todo su ejército, a filo de espada delante de Barac; y Sísara descendió del carro, y huyó a pie. Mas Barac siguió los carros y el ejército hasta Haroset-goim, y todo el ejército de Sísara cayó a filo de espada, hasta no quedar ni uno.
Judges 4:15 NVI
Ante el avance de Barac, el Señor desbarató a Sísara a filo de espada, con todos sus carros y su ejército, a tal grado que Sísara saltó de su carro y huyó a pie.
Judges 4.
Sisera has had to flee on foot from his chariot.
Sisera has had to flee on foot from his chariot.
The people of God has triumphed over their enemies. However, Sisera has fled. He must be captured!
Verses 17-22 are an incredible description of what happens to Sisera.
He comes to the tent of a man that he knows - Heber the Kenite. After all, King Jabin and Heber the Kenite had a close relationship. There was a mutual promise to protect each other.
Is it possible that Sisera will find protection, regroup, and come to recapture the people of God?
Is it possible that he will be spared only to gather a larger army and destroy the people of God?
Absolutely not! God will fulfill his promise.
God will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman!
We are told that Jael, Heber’s wife, received him into her tent.
Judges 4:17–22 NIV
Sisera, meanwhile, fled on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, because there was an alliance between Jabin king of Hazor and the family of Heber the Kenite. Jael went out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Come, my lord, come right in. Don’t be afraid.” So he entered her tent, and she covered him with a blanket. “I’m thirsty,” he said. “Please give me some water.” She opened a skin of milk, gave him a drink, and covered him up. “Stand in the doorway of the tent,” he told her. “If someone comes by and asks you, ‘Is anyone in there?’ say ‘No.’ ” But Jael, Heber’s wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the peg through his temple into the ground, and he died. Just then Barak came by in pursuit of Sisera, and Jael went out to meet him. “Come,” she said, “I will show you the man you’re looking for.” So he went in with her, and there lay Sisera with the tent peg through his temple—dead.
Judges 4:17-
Judges 4:17–22 RVR60
Y Sísara huyó a pie a la tienda de Jael mujer de Heber ceneo; porque había paz entre Jabín rey de Hazor y la casa de Heber ceneo. Y saliendo Jael a recibir a Sísara, le dijo: Ven, señor mío, ven a mí, no tengas temor. Y él vino a ella a la tienda, y ella le cubrió con una manta. Y él le dijo: Te ruego me des de beber un poco de agua, pues tengo sed. Y ella abrió un odre de leche y le dio de beber, y le volvió a cubrir. Y él le dijo: Estate a la puerta de la tienda; y si alguien viniere, y te preguntare, diciendo: ¿Hay aquí alguno? tú responderás que no. Pero Jael mujer de Heber tomó una estaca de la tienda, y poniendo un mazo en su mano, se le acercó calladamente y le metió la estaca por las sienes, y la enclavó en la tierra, pues él estaba cargado de sueño y cansado; y así murió. Y siguiendo Barac a Sísara, Jael salió a recibirlo, y le dijo: Ven, y te mostraré al varón que tú buscas. Y él entró donde ella estaba, y he aquí Sísara yacía muerto con la estaca por la sien.
Sisera has come to their tent. He is tired. His army has essentially been defeated.
She receives him and gives him milk to drink.
She gives him a blanket to cover himself.
Sisera thinks that he is safe. Sisera thinks that he will live to fight another day.
He eventually dozes off because of his utter exhaustion.
Jael comes to Sisera and:
Judges 4:21 NIV
But Jael, Heber’s wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the peg through his temple into the ground, and he died.
Judges
Judges 4:21 RVR60
Pero Jael mujer de Heber tomó una estaca de la tienda, y poniendo un mazo en su mano, se le acercó calladamente y le metió la estaca por las sienes, y la enclavó en la tierra, pues él estaba cargado de sueño y cansado; y así murió.
Women were in charge of putting up and bringing down tents as these ancient peoples traveled from place to place.
They were experts in using pegs and hammers.
Jael comes to Sisera, and as he’s sleeping drives a peg right through his head and leaves him dead.
Eventually, Barak comes to the tent and finds Jael outside:
Judges 4:22 NIV
Just then Barak came by in pursuit of Sisera, and Jael went out to meet him. “Come,” she said, “I will show you the man you’re looking for.” So he went in with her, and there lay Sisera with the tent peg through his temple—dead.
Judges 4:
Judges 4:22 RVR60
Y siguiendo Barac a Sísara, Jael salió a recibirlo, y le dijo: Ven, y te mostraré al varón que tú buscas. Y él entró donde ella estaba, y he aquí Sísara yacía muerto con la estaca por la sien.
Jael tells Barak to come inside the tent.
He enters and finds Sisera on the ground, dead, with a peg through his head.
The great and mighty Sisera is dead!
The great and mighty, commander of armies, commander of 900 chariots is lying dead - killed by a woman as he slept.
God has delivered the great and mighty Sisera into the hands of a bedouin woman.

III. God’s plan to redeem humanity

III. El plan de Dios para redimir a la humanidad

What God did with his people by delivering Sisera into the hands of a simple bedouin woman was completely unexpected.
No one expected this to happen.
No one expected that the great and mighty warrior would be tricked by a bedouin woman who would eventually kill him.
The mighty warrior was who commanded a great army was easily brought down by a woman.
What does this have to do with us? What does this have to do with humanity?
It has much to do with us!
How is it that God delivered us from sin, from condemnation, from the power of the evil one, from death, from hell?
How is it that God delivered us from the power of the devil?
How is it that God delivered us from unbelief?
How is it that God sets us free from slavery to sin?
Just think about how God accomplished the work of salvation?
God sent his Son to be born of a virgin!
God sent his Son to be born in a poor and insignificant town - Bethlehem.
God sent his Son not to be born in a palace or into the family of one of the great religious leaders of his day!
God sent his Son to be born into a poor family - to be born into a family of a carpenter and his soon to be wife - a young woman of approximately 14-16 years of age.
God sent his Son to be born and take upon himself human flesh.
God did not send a mighty warrior, a mighty commander to destroy the evil Roman empire.
God sent his Son to be born, to suffer, to die at the hands of the Jews and Romans.
God saved us in a way that no one expected!
God saved us through Jesus Christ the Lord.
Why would God do this? For the same reason that God saved Israel through a simple bedouin woman - the glory did not go to Barak. The glory would go to God alone for saving his people through the most unexpected means.
In the same way, all glory goes to God for our great salvation! It is he who saved us through the death of his one and only Son - Jesus Christ.
Related Media
Related Sermons