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Sins of the Bible Men
Mae says she has not been in church for so long because she knows she is a sinner. She feels that it is only right not to go to church when you have sinned. Victoria who is blatantly living with a married man goes to church without fail on Sundays and on Wednesdays for a novena. She believes that God will forgive her sins when she attends church services.
Both these women are deceived. Mae has accepted her fate that as a sinner she has been cut off from God and does not do anything about it. She will not turn away from her sin and go back to God. Victoria wants forgiveness but she does not stop sinning.
I wonder who these women’s god is. They have the wrong perception of the real God. God does not shun sinners. God forgives sinners – but only when sinners confess their sins, repent, and turn away from their sins.
There is only one problem with these women. They don’t want to leave their sinful life. One chooses sin over God and the other wants God and sin at the same time.
But there are sinners who have found the light and want to go back to God but they feel God does not want them. Of course, we Christians know that this is a lie that Satan has perpetuated – that God does not want you when you have sinned. Jesus Himself has said that He came not for the righteous but for the sinners – not to condemn but to save them.
God does not reject the sinners – in fact, God may have good use for sinners to advance His work.
Men of the Bible
We all know the stories of Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon. These men’s stories appear in the Bible. We equate these names with righteousness but as we examine their lives, we realize that these men have committed sins – but God has not shunned them – instead their names are prominent in the Bible as the patriarchs of a great nation.
Adam was disobedient.
Genesis 3:12 – The man said, “The woman you put here with me – she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
Adam did not take responsibility for his sin. He impliedly blamed God for putting the woman with him, and he blamed the woman completely for his disobedience. But God did not remove him from the face of the earth – he still became the father of mankind.
Abraham was a liar.
Genesis 12:13 – “Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
Abraham was clearly thinking only of himself then. He was willing to stake the reputation of his wife – even when the Pharaoh took Sarah to the palace, Abraham did not seem to mind. God was not pleased because He inflicted the Pharaoh and his household with diseases – so what Abraham did was clearly wrong.
I could also fault Abraham with sleeping with his wife’s maidservant and sending Ishmael away but it could be cultural and in fairness to him, God told him to send Ishmael away.
But God still kept His covenant with Abraham. He did not take back His promise from Abraham to make him into a great nation in spite of Abraham’s sin because he has redeemed himself by his absolute obedience and love for the Lord.
Isaac was a liar.
Genesis 26:7 – When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.”
Like father, like son!
Jacob was a deceiver.
Genesis 27:19 – Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game so that you may give me your blessing.”
Jacob got his blessing because of a deception but it did not change his destiny. He suffered the consequences of his actions by being deceived himself by his father-in-law, not once but many times. When he accepted the God of Abraham and Isaac as his own God, his name was changed to Israel and he became the father of the nation.
Moses was a murderer.
Exodus 2:12 – Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
Moses was one of the men in the Old Testament whom God used to show His might. God, through Moses did so many miracles. God did not take his sin against him – in fact, Moses talked to God like he talked to a friend. All the difficulties that Moses had to go through could have been the consequences of his sin but God was with him all the way.
David was an adulterer and a murderer.
Samuel 11:4 – Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. Then she went back home.
Samuel 11:15 – In it he wrote, “Put Uriah in the front line where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.”
David committed adultery with Bathsheba, a married woman. When she became pregnant, David devised a way to make it look like it was the husband’s child but he failed. So he resorted to murder.
David is celebrated to be God’s favorite servant in spite of his sins. What did he do to merit God’s forgiveness? He humbled himself and accepted that he had sinned against God, and he asked forgiveness.
2 Samuel 16:10 – But the king (David) said, “What do you and I have in common, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?’ ”
David took full responsibility of his sins – he did not justify it, did not blame anyone but himself – he asked God’s forgiveness and willingly accepted the consequences of his sins. That could be why God considered David a great servant.
Solomon was idolatrous.
1 Kings 11:9 -10 – The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. Although He had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the Lord’s command.
Exodus 20:3 – You shall have no other gods before me.
God told Solomon that He will tear away the kingdom from him and give it to one of his subordinates. But in consideration of his father David, the kingdom was not be torn away from Solomon during his lifetime but during the time of his son. How many times have we heard “the children will pay for the sins of their father?” So this is Biblical…
We can see that God hates idolatry. God is a jealous God. He wants us to worship Him with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our soul, and with all our strength.
Well… this is not to malign the men in the Bible but to show that God does not judge sinners – true, we have to suffer the consequences of our sins but it should not prevent us from our destiny. By nature, men are sinners but God does not ask us to be perfect – we are not! Humans have a sinful nature but it is up to us to remember that God is ready to forgive us when we confess our sins and sincerely repent – and of course, turn away from sin!