September 29, 2020
The people of the Bible did good things. The people of the Bible did foolish, awful, sinful things.
Noah built a boat to save him and his family. As soon as his feet hit dry land, he got to work on building a vineyard. It must have been good wine because his sons found him drunk and naked.
David fought a giant with just a couple of stones and defeated him. He also saw a naked lady on her rooftop, wanted her for his own, had an affair with her, impregnated her, and attempted to cover his sin by killing her husband.
Abraham picked up and left all he knew when God called him. During his travels, he lied to a pharaoh and told him Sarah was his sister. Essentially he gave his wife to another man to protect his own behind. He was worried the pharaoh would see how beautiful she was, want her as his own, and get rid of Abraham to have her.
The accounts of the lives of the people who came before us are not there to tell us how to live or not to live. The accounts of these people are there for us to read and know just how far God will go on our account.
These accounts show the glory of God and all the work He has done. The lives of these people show the law and gospel working in the lives of real people.
The book of Hebrews tells us that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. What were they witnesses to? The work of God. They are witnesses to “Jesus the author and perfector of their faith.” They are not witnesses to how they wrote out their faith and lived it perfectly. Their lives show the glory of Jesus creating and perfecting their faith.
Abraham was not righteous because he did as God commanded. David was not justified because of his actions. Noah was not made righteous because he built a boat.
We are not justified because we get up and become missionaries. We are not justified because we forge ahead in fearful times. We are not justified by following God’s command.
We are justified, brought into the family of God, and stay in the family of God because of who Christ is and because of His actions.
All through history God has been taking sinners like you and me, redeeming us, and using us for good. He does it all through faith which is not of ourselves but a gift of God so that no one can boast.
The righteous live by faith. You, I, Abraham, David, and Noah live by faith.