I like the Bible for many reasons, one of which is that it tells the truth all the time.
There is no attempt in the Bible to make flawed men look perfect. It does not tell us the good side of the story only and leave out the bad side.
It tells us that Abraham was the father of faith and a friend of God who trusted God so much that he agreed to kill his son in obedience to God, and other great things about him.
It tells us the great qualities of the man and also his blindspots: Abraham was a pagan steeped in idolatry when God called him out; out of fear and to save his head, he lied that his wife was his sister (which was half-true); and he succumbed to the pressure and suggestion of his wife to sleep with their housemaid in order to get a son, an heir, a step that changed the world forever.
The Bible tells us that Moses had a great and unique relationship with God; he obeyed God in everything; he was a great intercessor and the meekest man on earth.
It also tells us that he tried to excuse himself from the job, and he had an anger problem: The good old Moses came down from the mountain after forty days alone with God and got so mad about the people’s backsliding that he smashed the tablet of the law God carved out and wrote with his fingers and gave him, then he ground it and forced them to drink it like tea. God told him to speak to a rock; he struck it hard in anger – and missed out on the Promise Land.
The Bible tells us that God called David “the man after my heart” who loved God so much and feared him, and was a type of Jesus, the King of righteousness (Jesus will sit on the throne of David).
David had opportunities to kill off King Saul who had made himself an enemy of David, but he wouldn’t touch the Lord’s anointed. As the king, he administered justice and righteousness in the land. The Bible also tells us that David got careless and self-indulgent one time, committed adultery, covered it up with murder, then took the woman as his wife. His family would never remain the same afterwards. He also carried out a census inadvisably and brought calamity on Israel.
The Bible tells us that Elijah was so zealous for
God and had great authority to speak truth to power; he had power with God in prayer and had faith to shut up heaven that there be no rain for three and a half years, and to open it. He could call down fire from heaven and was mighty to slay over four hundred prophets of Baal.
The Bible also tells us that a woman threatened him and the mighty man of God cowered and ran away in fear, got depressed and so low that he complained and told God to end it all.
The Bible contains the story of a deceiving and cheating Jacob; a prostitute called Rahab; an impetuous and impulsive Peter who spoke and acted before he thought; a fearful and doubting Thomas; and a murderous Paul. The list is endless.
And, thankfully, it talks about and tells us about One Perfect Man who would perfect all men.
Because this Book, the Bible, is not about perfect men, but imperfect and flawed men and a perfect God dealing with them to perfect them. It is about weak men who out of weakness were made strong. It talks about the Perfect Man who would perfect imperfect men. It talks about sinful men and a sinless Man who came to save them. It talks about the revelation of the grace and mercy of God. It talks about Jesus, his cross and his blood that washes clean.
A scarlet cord runs through the pages of the Bible – an expressway to God. It’s all about Jesus the Saviour, the Perfect Man and the Perfecter of our faith.
One of the greatest words in the Bible is “come” – the call of God to sinful, weak, rebellious, imperfect men. The other equally important part is the response of men to God. The Bible is full of stories of people who dared to come to God, people who dared to believe God – how God’s grace justified and saved them. Thank God I responded to God’s call through Jesus. And now, I belong to Jesus and the kingdom of God. I am a citizen of heaven. Hallelujah! Glory to God!
What about you, my friend? Have you responded to God’s call?
“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are like crimson,
they shall become like wool.” Isaiah 1:18.
“Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.” Isaiah 55:1-3
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”, Jesus calls out. Matthew 11:28.
“The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” Revelation 22:17.