Life can seem like a roller coaster. We are up and down. Sometimes circumstances are out of our control. Sometimes we feel on top of the world. Other times, we feel lost and out of control. 

The book of Judges in the Old Testament gives an account of the nation of Israel from the time they entered the land God promised to Abraham (see Genesis 12 Lesson 3) until a king ruled over them. For approximately 300 years from 1300-1000 B.C., the Israelites would disobey God, suffer oppression from neighboring countries, turn back to God, and God would deliver them from their troubles. This occurs 5 times. The third time this happens, God called a man named Gideon to lead Israel to freedom.  

God had allowed the Midianites to oppress the Israelites for seven years before they cried out to God to deliver them. Gideon led the people of Israel to turn back to God in obedience and then led them in battle against the Midianites. This battle is famous because Gideon’s army of 300 defeated a much larger Midianite army. This happened to show that it was not by their own strength but by God’s strength that they were able to regain their freedom and enjoy a period of peace.

Bible Reading: Old Testament Judges 6 & 7

Please complete these sentences with these words:
rescued | God | slavery | listened | delivered | evil

6:1 The Israelites did ________ in the eyes of the Lord.

6:8 The Lord said, “I brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of ___________.”

6:9 I _____________ you.     6:10 I ___________ you.

6:10 I said to you, “I am the Lord your ________. But you have not _____________ to me.”

DISCUSSION

  1. Why do you think people forget God when they prosper?
  2. Why do you think someone might turn to God when they are in trouble?
  3. What do you think this quote means?
    “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
    ~ C.S. Lewis, Christian scholar & author 1898-1963
  4. What does Matthew 11:28 say about us? What does Matthew 11:28 say about Jesus?

    Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
    Matthew 11:28

  5. Read Deuteronomy 6:4-6. What was God’s desire for Israel? What is His desire for us today?

Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments I give you today are to be upon your hearts.
Deuteronomy 6:4-6 

Word List
  • Israel ~ Israelites – the nation of the Jewish people of the Bible; modern Israel was established as a sovereign Jewish nation on May 14, 1948 following World War II
  • oppress – unjust treatment or control
  • quote – exact words from a specific person
  • “on top of the world” – an idiom meaning your life is going well and you feel great
  • megaphone – used to amplify your voice usually to give instructions or to make important announcements
  • rouse – awaken; to bring out of sleep
  • deaf – someone who does not hear
  • heavy laden – to carry a heavy burden