SDA Sabbath School Lessons
April 27, 1996

#4 Coming to the Help of the Lord

Read for this week's study: Judges 4, 5;

Memory text: Judges 5:9, NRSV

Key thought:

God gives victory to His people when they and their leaders willingly unite in worship, obedience, trust, and service, whatever the personal risks involved. Those who choose not to take part in this effort lose their share in the blessing of victory.
Every spiritual athlete in the church is important. The smallest high school in the district wants to win the track-and-field trophies. This is possible only with a high level of participation, commitment, and effort on the part of the students. Every student who has ability in running, jumping, or throwing prepares for months in advance for the yearly event. The big day arrives. Muscles strain. Sweat flows. Voices grow hoarse from cheering. The small school wins!
There are many situations in which full participation is needed. A sports team needs all its members in order to be competitive. An orchestra needs every player. A church needs every member.
In the church's mission to the world, full participation and cooperation can mean the difference between victory and defeat. The same principle was true in the time of Deborah and Barak, when their makeshift Israelite army took on the powerful Canaanite forces of Jabin and Sisera.