Let’s look at more examples of God’s Dishonor Roll.
In Exodus chapter 2, we read that Moses killed a man with his bare hands.
God could have said, “I’m not working with this guy. He’s a hot-tempered man! He’d be a terrible leader!”
But instead, 40 years later, in chapter 3, we find that God chose Moses. He told Moses He wanted him to be the man to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt. He wanted Moses to be the one to tell Pharaoh, ’Let my people go.’ Even though he killed a man and was a fugitive from justice, He still wanted him to lead His people out of bondage.”
Even Moses thought God was making a mistake.
He made excuses for not being up to the task.
He wanted God to choose someone else.
Moses felt like a failure and unqualified for the task.
He was afraid. He didn’t want to fail again. Have you ever been there?
God could have agreed and selected another person, but He didn’t give up on Moses and enabled Him to show forth God’s miraculous power.
Furthermore, God met with Moses,
this weak man,
and talked to him as a friend. He gave Moses His Law and Commandments, the Old Testament.
“As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the LORD spoke with Moses. Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to his tent. The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.” Exodus 33:9-11a.
Or how about David, a “man after God’s own heart”, who failed greatly: Coveting another man’s wife, he committed adultery with her and planned her husband’s death on the battlefield to cover up his sin.
God could have been done with David and removed him as king of Israel, as He had done with David’s predecessor, Saul, but God had made a promise to David and He kept it. David suffered consequences of his sin, but he continued to rule as king over Israel. He, and his descendants, continued worshipping God.
“When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son.” 2 Samuel 7:12-14a
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