Today’s reading in our Judges plan is Judges 5. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • Music and singing were an important part of Israel’s culture.  This is a song of victory, which may have been written by Deborah.  It was a song expressing gratitude to God and giving Him credit for the victory we read about in chapter 4.
  • In verses 15-17 we read of 4 tribes of Israel that did not participate in the war against Sisera: Reuben, Gilead, Dan, and Asher.
  • After the battle in chapter 4, the Israelites experienced peace for 40 years.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Celebration should always include an expression of gratitude to God.  It is healthy to celebrate the great things that take place in our lives – whether through song or some other form.  Expressing gratitude gives God the credit He is due, and it reminds us of God’s faithfulness and love.
  • We have a choice in whether or not to be a part of God’s work in this world.  Perhaps the saddest words in the chapter are those in verses 15-17.  We read that rather than engage in what God was up to, Reuben stayed around the campfire, Dan lingered by the ships, and Asher stayed in his coves.  While the rest of Israel celebrated, these tribes missed out on being a part.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Reflect on some ways God has been at work in your life recently – in good times or bad.  Take some time to express gratitude for His presence and activity in your life
  • We don’t know why the four tribes didn’t participate in the war.  Perhaps they were just busy or distracted.  Maybe they lacked faith in God.  Or maybe they feared the enemy.  What holds you back from fully walking with God?  What keeps you from enthusiastically living life fully with God?  Where can you become more engaged with God in your life?