7 Of The Bibles Greatest Hero’s, Made Some Of Life’s Biggest Mistakes

7 Biblical Characters That Will Make You Feel Better About Yourself.

The bible is full of colorful characters and stories. Not even the most popular people, personalities, or apostle’s lived what could be considered a perfect life. Yet their stories are told unashamedly through their failures, successes, and sins. Even the minor Prophets had some major issues in life, which may make you feel a bit better about how you’re living yours. Here is my top 7

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# 7 THE ISRAELITES CRIME: [IDOLATRY] When Moses was busy receiving the Commandments from God for the people of Israel, the Israelites, were already busy constructing an Idol for themselves in the form of a Golden Calf.
[The Gold Calf- Exodus
32 Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”
2 And Aaron said to them, “Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. 4 And he received the gold from their hand, and fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf.
 more- https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%2032]

 

#6 KING DAVID/ KING SOLOMON CRIME: [CONSPIRACY/ MURDER/ MANIPULATION/ ADULTERY] Apparently womanizing has always been a popular pursuit. Even kings have been caused to stumble, by the batted lash of a beautiful lady. Therefore, it may not surprise you to find that the guy God called “The wisest man ever” had over 1000 foreign wives and concubines. Similarly enough the man God considered, “A man after My own heart” was unrelenting in going after another man’s women. David even went to the extremes of having the woman, Bathsheba’s, husband killed by placing him in harms way on the battlefield.

[Solomon’s Wives – Solomon held fast to these in love. 3He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away. more- 1 Kings 11:3 http://biblehub.com/1_kings/11-3.htm]

[David & Bathsheba- 2 Samuel 11
David remained at Jerusalem. 2 Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. 3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her.
 more- https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+11)]

 

#5 RAHAB THE HARLOT CRIME: [PROSTITUTION]

Perhaps the single most decisive key to the Israelites success during the Battle of Jericho was because of a lady named Rahab. “Rahab the harlot” as she was known as was essentially a madam that ran an Inn atop the wall of Jericho. That being said, her past did not stop her from being used mightily by God in the bible. She was respected amongst the disciples for her exemplary faith, and even mentioned in the genealogical line of David and Jesus.
[Rahab hides Joshua’s Spies- Joshua 2
3 So the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the country.”
4 Then the woman took the two men and hid them. So she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. 5 And it happened as the gate was being shut, when it was dark that the men went out. Where the men went I do not know; pursue them quickly, for you may overtake them.” 6 (But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order on the roof.) 7 Then the men pursued them by the road to the Jordan, to the fords. And as soon as those who pursued them had gone out, they shut the gate.
 more-https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua%202&version=NKJV]

 

 

#4 THE APOSTLE PAUL CRIME: [CONSPIRACY/ MURDER] Paul undisputedly holds the title for writing the majority of the New Testament letters so it is worthy of note that he described himself, as the self-proclaimed, “Chief of all Sinners.” Paul, was the one you called if you caught wind of a noisy group of Christians that you wanted to have “taken care of” in those days. An Enforcer of sorts, a murderer certainly (though whether directly or indirectly is a bit unclear) he led countless numbers of people to their demise. One of which named Stephen, whom Paul accused of Blasphemy, and enticed the town into having him stoned to death.
[Death of Stephen the Martyr – Acts 7
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; 58 and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep
. more-https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%207%3A54-60]

 

#3 ABRAHAM CRIME: [ADULTERY] On second thought.. maybe Abraham gets a pass on this one, since his wife Sarah pretty much invited him to do it. However, during a bout of faith and impatience regarding the impossibility of having their own children, Sarah allowed Abe to get it on with their young maid. As you can bet, it caused quite a lot of issues amongst the siblings. In the end, Sarah eventually birthed a son of her own named Isaac with her husband. God still credited Abraham’s “great faith” to him as righteousness, along with a very large amount of offspring. So I guess he did get a pass, in more ways than one.
[Abraham & Haggar -Gen 16
16 Now Sarah, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. 2 So Sarah said to Abram, “See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarah. 3 Then Sarah, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan. 4 So he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes.
 more- https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%2016]

#2 SAMSON CRIME: [MURDER, WOMANIZING, MORE MURDER] Hands down one of the most interesting characters in the bible, and probably the most relatable in ways is that of Samson. The long hair, the WWFish build, the propensity towards women and alcohol. There are too many stories about him that understandably could make this list, but I’ll stick with one. After being tied up and captured by the perusing Philistines, Samson finds a Jawbone of a Donkey and slaughters a small army of men, and then goes around and brags about it in song.
[Samson defeats the Philistines-Judges 15:
14…. the Philistines came shouting against him. Then the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands. 15 He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand and took it, and killed a thousand men with it. 16 Then Samson said: “With the jawbone of a donkey, heaps upon heaps, with the jawbone of a donkey, I have slain a thousand men!”
17 And so it was, when he had finished speaking, that he threw the jawbone from his hand, and called that place Ramath Lehi.
 more- https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges%2015&version=NKJV]

 

#1 MOSES CRIME: [MURDER] Probably one of the most retold stories in the entire bible is the story of Moses and the Exodus. Yet for some odd reason, all we ever hear about is the swaddling baby, abandoned by his Mother. While floating down the Nile River he is found by the Queen of Egypt. Feeling sorr for the abandoned boy she decides to raise him like one of her own. However, the part that gets omitted so frequently by popular re-telling’s is the rather grim Murders committed at his hands.
[Moses Flees to Midian – Exodus 2
11 Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12 So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
 more- https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+2]

Now if these stories don’t make you feel better about your own life and past mistakes, I don’t know what will. Every character listed God still used to do great things and accomplish much. Most had a unique set of flaws, temptations, and some simply had some straight out problems. The good news was that God used them all for his own purpose, some in legendary and mighty ways. Hopefully that will serve to be an encouragement for you in the future, a reprieve from the past, and when it comes to your own legacy, your mistakes don’t have to make your entire story. Be Blessed.

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