We hail as “great” many of the men and women recorded in the Bible and oftentimes forget how very human and sinful they each were—no greater or better than we today.
Through the pages of God’s Word, He proves again and again that He doesn’t show favoritism but forgiveness to all who humble themselves and put their trust in Jesus Christ. Just as God faithfully used the faulty men and women recorded in His Word, He wants to use you and me, each and every one. We, too, were set apart for a divine purpose, no less great than the following “heroes” of ancient time.
The follow list excerpt focuses only on the Old Testament, so let’s not forget all those “greats” in the New Testament who had a continual history of sin, like the Apostle Paul. ALL have sinned, all were equally as human, equally as sinful, equally in need of God’s grace and salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ—the only human ever who was without sin.
I hope the following will ENCOURAGE you that you have a GREAT PURPOSE despite your sins and those committed against you. GO! Be all that God created you to be! :o)
“Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.” —1 John 4:4 (NASB)
“Messed-Up Bible ‘Heroes’ and What We Can Learn from Them” by Ron Forseth
Consider the prevailing trend of “unhealth” among some of the Bible’s greats:
Adam, the first man, was a blame shifter who couldn’t resist peer pressure. (Genesis 3:12)
Eve, the first woman, couldn’t control her appetite and, should we say, had the first eating disorder? (Genesis 3:6)
Cain, the first born human being, murdered his brother. (Genesis 4:8)
Noah, the last righteous man on earth at the time, was a drunk who slept in the nude. (Genesis 9:20-21)
Abraham, the forefather of faith, let other men walk off with his wife on two different occasions. (Genesis 12 and 20)
Sarah, the most gorgeous woman by popular opinion, let her husband sleep with another woman and then hated her for it. (Genesis 16)
Lot, who lost his father early in life, had a serious problem with choosing the wrong company. (Genesis 18-20)
Job, supposedly a contemporary of Abraham and the epitome of faith, suffered from the nagging of a faithless wife. (Job 2:9)
Isaac, who was nearly killed by his father, talked his wife into concealing their marriage. (Genesis 26)
Rebekah, the first “mail order bride,” turned out to be a rather manipulative wife. (Genesis 27)
Jacob, who out-wrestled God, was pretty much a pathological deceiver. (Genesis 25, 27, 30)
Rachel, who wrote the book on love at first sight, was a nomadic kleptomaniac. (Genesis 31:19)
Reuben, the pride and firstborn of Jacob, was a pervert who slept with his father’s concubine. (Genesis 35:21)
Moses, the humblest man on the face of the earth (Numbers 12:13), had a very serious problem with his temper. (Exodus 2, 32:19; Numbers 20:11)
Aaron, who watched Jehovah triumph over Pharaoh, formed an abominable idol during an apparent episode of attention deficit disorder or perhaps colossal amnesia. (Exodus 32)
Miriam, the songwriter, had sibling jealousy and a greed for power. (Numbers 12)
Samson, who put Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura to shame, was hopelessly enmeshed with a disloyal wife—and ended up taking his own life. (Judges 16)
Eli, who ruled over Israel, was a hopelessly incapable father who lost his sons to immorality—and to an untimely death. (1 Samuel 2, 4)
Saul, the first and powerful king of Israel, was apparently a psychotic with manic bursts of anger, episodes of deep depression and traces of paranoia, too. He committed suicide. (1 Samuel 16, 18, 19, 31)
David, the friend of God, concealed his adultery with a murder. (2 Samuel 11)
Solomon, the wisest man in the world, was arguably the world’s greatest sex addict with 1,000 sexual partners. (1 Kings 11)
With rare exception, all the kings that followed Solomon had mammoth issues in their lives.
Hosea, an incredibly forgiving man, grappled with the pain of a wife who could be described as a nymphomaniac.
The prophets, even as they spoke for God, struggled with impurity, depression, unfaithful spouses and broken families.
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