A funny thought was presented to me this morning when I was discussing giving honor to whom honor is due with my cousin, Duane. We were having a rollicking talk about trying to hide truths about people we know for the sake of, what? Protecting our own reputations for having been associated? Our own nefarious deeds? I said, “Well the truth will all come out at the Great Judgement Day….” And then pointed out the fact that I am happy that I’m not God, having to listen to all the alibis and excuses while hoping for grace that has already been shunned, too late. I’m sure I would do a terrible job of judging.
Then he said something that I had honestly never thought of before. How do some of our Bible heroes feel about having their flesh faults put on display in the Bible for us to all read?
Adam and Eve had a cushy life then they disobeyed and on top of that lied to God, to His face! So, do we forget that God chose Adam to name all the living creatures and care for the Garden while we remember his dastardly deed of eating the fruit and blaming the beautiful creature that God gave to him as a helpmeet?
Noah is the man who found grace in the eyes of the Lord and built the Ark that God gave him the instructions to build to save his family, but the writer doesn’t leave us with that but tells us he was found by his sons drunk and naked, kind of embarrassing.
Abraham, our Father of Faith is surely upset about that fact that he lied, not once but twice about his wife Sarah was reported along with his faith in God by offering his only son Isaac on the altar. Then his nephew Lot was given wine until he was so drunk that he had sex with both of his daughters,
What about David, the man “after God’s own heart” who was also guilty of adultery and murder of the man of the woman for whom he lusted? And don’t forget Samson, God’s strong arm who lost his hair and his strength because his loins ached for Delilah.
Are you feeling better about yourself?
What if all you have done were put out there for everyone to read? I say it would behoove us to walk to the cross and put all of our sins under the blood. The blood is indelible, cannot be washed off revealing what is underneath…
and everybody said Amen, took a deep breath and sighed with great relief!