Turning please, to Hebrews, Chapter 11, and, uh, we begin reading in Verse 1. We're continuing our series of messages in Hebrews, Chapter 11: God's Hall of Fame. The title of our message today is "Star Wars." "Star Wars." Hebrews, Chapter 11, and Verse 1.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report." And then Verse 6: "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." And now Verse 32: "And what more -- Or what shall I more say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and of Barak."
And we come today to the faith of a man named Barak. And in a moment you'll understand why we have called our message "Star Wars." Barak was God's hero of faith, and he led the children of Israel in a victorious battle against their ancient foe, the Canaanites. And the commander-in- chief of the Canaanite Army was a man named Sisera. And I want you to turn backward in your Bible now to Judges, Chapter 5, and look with me at Verse 20, and thence you will see the title for our message.
Joshua, Judges; Judges, Chapter 5, and Verse 20: "Remember now that Sisera was the enemy of the people of God. And the Bible says concerning the armies of Barak, God's hero, "They fought from Heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera." "The stars in their courses fought against Sisera."
Now, let me give you the background for the passage of Scripture that we're going to study. And, incidentally, most of it will be in Judges, Chapter 4. But let me just tell you that Israel was in a deplorable condition. Sin was pandemic. The people had turned from God and had gone into idol worship, and God had sent judgment, and the armies of the Canaanites had surrounded, uh, the people of Israel. And for twenty years they had been subjugated. The ...
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