O.T. Action News: Battle at the Kishon

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#477: “O.T. Action News: Battle at the Kishon”
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Judges 4:1-24
1After Ehud died, the Israelites once again did evil in the eyes of the LORD.2So the LORD sold them into the hands of Jabin, a king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth Haggoyim.3Because he had nine hundred iron chariots and had cruelly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years, they cried to the LORD for help.4Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time.5She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided.6She 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 the way to Mount Tabor.7I will lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.'"8Barak said to her, "If you go with me, I will go; but if you don't go with me, I won't go."9"Very well," Deborah said, "I will go with you. But because of the way you are going about this, the honor will not be yours, for the LORD will hand Sisera over to a woman." So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh,10where he summoned Zebulun and Naphtali. Ten thousand men followed him, and Deborah also went with him.11Now Heber the Kenite had left the other Kenites, the descendants of Hobab, Moses' brother-in-law, and pitched his tent by the great tree in Zaanannim near Kedesh.12When they told Sisera that Barak son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor,13Sisera gathered together his nine hundred iron chariots and all the men with him, from Harosheth Haggoyim to the Kishon River.14Then Deborah said to Barak, "Go! This is the day the LORD has given Sisera into your hands. Has not the LORD gone ahead of you?" So Barak went down Mount Tabor, followed by ten thousand men.15At Barak's advance, the LORD routed Sisera and all his chariots and army by the sword, and Sisera abandoned his chariot and fled on foot.16But Barak pursued the chariots and army as far as Harosheth Haggoyim. All the troops of Sisera fell by the sword; not a man was left.17Sisera, however, fled on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, because there were friendly relations between Jabin king of Hazor and the clan of Heber the Kenite.18Jael 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 put a covering over him.19"I'm thirsty," he said. "Please give me some water." She opened a skin of milk, gave him a drink, and covered him up.20"Stand in the doorway of the tent," he told her. "If someone comes by and asks you, 'Is anyone here?' say 'No.'"21But 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.22Barak 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.23On that day God subdued Jabin, the Canaanite king, before the Israelites.24And the hand of the Israelites grew stronger and stronger against Jabin, the Canaanite king, until they destroyed him.
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O.T. Action News: Battle at the Kishon
“O.T. Action News: Battle at the Kishon” is episode #477 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Nathan Hoobler and Paul McCusker, and originally aired on December 1, 2001.


Summary

O. T. Action News reports on the story of Deborah and Barak and their battle against the Canaanites.

Plot

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It's another edition of Good Housekeeping Throughout History with your host, Mandy Straussberg. This week she's interviewing Jael about her unique tent-making skills.

Suddenly, the show is interrupted. It's an O. T. Action News brief. It seems that Deborah, chief judge of Israel is summoning Barak into battle. He must assemble warriors on Mount Tabor and rebel against the Canaanites! Barak agrees but only if Deborah will go with him. Whit and Connie stop by to give their perspective on the subject before we head back to the field. General Sisera tells the reporters about his fine fleet of chariots and then heads off to battle the Hebrew resistance. The battle eventually begins, but we only hear bits and pieces. Apparently a rain storm comes up and blows wind and rain in the faces of the Canaanites. It's an unbelievable victory for the Israelites! But General Sisera escapes before Barak can catch him.

We now return to Good Housekeeping Throughout History. Suddenly Sisera bursts onto the set of the show. Jael woos him with milk and puts him to sleep and even tells Mandy to wait outside.

Once again we're interrupted by O. T. Action News. Barak is pursuing Sisera, but when he comes upon a tent, he finds that Sisera is already dead. He fell under the hand of Jael. After some closing comments from Whit, Brink Chetley says goodbye. And that's it for another edition of O. T. Action News!

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why was Barak so afraid to go into battle?
  2. Is it right or wrong to be afraid?
  3. How can we apply the Bible story to today?
  4. Can you think of any ways that you are like Barak?
  5. Read Hebrews 11:32-33. Why is this list of people so notable?

Cast

Role Voice Actor
Edwin Blackgaard Earl Boen
Brink Chetley Earl Boen
Alex Jefferson Travis Tedford
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Jael Katie Leigh
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Deborah Unknown
Mandy Straussberg Aria Curzon
Nathaniel Graham Blake Ewing
Sisera Pete Reneday
Barak Corey Burton


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  • This episode was originally a collaborative Script called O.T. Action News: Barak. Created by Cordana Webb, a combined name for Nathan Hoobler, Corina Bolin and OdysseyFan. The original script was completely revamped by Nathan Hoobler after he was hired as a writer, and came out much better, and while most elements are different, some things remained the same, "good housekeeping" was originally "Marta Servant" a spoof on Martha Stewart. The part For Mandy Straussberg was originally written for Sarah Prachett.

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