Being Usable

Liars, adulterers, deceivers, murderers, thieves, prostitutes.

These labels describe people who God chose to use for His glory and to work His will in The Bible.

Adam, the first man, lied to God saying he was hiding from God because he was naked, when he had eaten fruit from a tree God told him not to. (Genesis 3)

Abraham and David were adulterers.

Abraham told Abimelek that Sarah was his sister and not his wife. Abimelek then took Sarah as his wife, thus perpetuating adultery in his marriage. (Genesis 20)

Jacob purchased the Birthright in his family from Esau. Then at his mother’s direction, he deceived and lied to his father Isaac and stole Esau’s blessing as well. (Genesis 27)

Moses saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, so he murdered him. (Exodus 2)

Rahab was a prostitute who helped the Hebrews take Jericho. (Joshua 2)

David fell in lust with Bathsheba. He sent for her then slept with her. Then as if this wasn’t bad enough, he sent for Bathsheba’s husband Uriah who was on the battlefield to come home and tried to encourage him to sleep with his wife. When Uriah refused, David had him sent to the front lines where he was killed, making David a murderer. (2 Samuel 11)

Saul approved of Stephen’s (the first Christian martyr) murder. He even watched the coats of those who participated in Stephen’s stoning. He was angry with Jesus and any who carried Jesus’ message. He persecuted many Christians, imprisoning them. (Acts 8)

Adam then went on to teach his children about God and how to live in His will. Abraham became the father of nations. Jacob’s descendants became the nation of Israel. Moses led his people from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the promised land. Rahab helped the Hebrews take Jericho. David became one of the most beloved kings of Israel. Saul became Paul and ended up writing nearly 2/3 of the New Testament.

The Bible is littered with people who were bad. You cannot be too bad for God. He can still use you, but you have to choose Him for Him to be able to work your life for His glory.

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