And What We Can Learn From Them
It is interesting to read through the Bible and find all kinds of stories of people who just do bad things. Why do you supposed that God included “Bad Boy” and “Bad Girl” stories in His Word? It surely wasn’t so that we would learn from them, is it?
Yes, that is exactly why. It is not so that we would emulate their life but that we would about God, His will, and his love and grace. Paul said in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” We may view these people as bad but they are no worse than we are. “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it” (Ja 2:10). We all deserve the punishment of death for our sin (Ro 6:23) but God showed his love for us by sending Jesus, His Son, to die in our place (Ro 5:6-8) so that we could have life with him (Jn 3:16-18) if we just believe.
We all make choices. God gave us that freedom from the very beginning in the Garden. With that freedom God gave instructions and told of the consequences for not following him. Then he allowed His creation to make their choices.
Even though time and time again, man and woman, has made the foolish choice to follow our own desires and whims, God still loves us. His word is filled with these stories of failure, willful disobedience, improper conduct, outright sin, and self-destructive behavior. Sometimes there is a repentant response to His love and grace that leads to a happy ending. Other times there is prideful resistance that gets stomped by God’s wrath. But other times we shake our heads because the outcome is not exactly what we thought it was. Sometimes it appears the bad guys get away with it… for now.
This month I will be preaching about a few of the Bad Girls of the Bible and what we can learn from their stories. Why the girls? Because we can learn a lot by how God deals harlots, murderers, liars, and evil queens. It gives us encouragement and hope in his dealings with us too.
There is hope for all of us “bad boys” and “bad girls” out there. You have a choice. Your past doesn’t dictate your future or your eternal home.
Join us each Sunday in May for Bad Girls of the Bible.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord, Thank you for Your Word, the Bible. As we study the different characters help me to glean what you would want we to learn. Help us as we study to apply the truth off the Scripture to our lives. In Jesus' name, AMEN.