Sunday, January 24, 2016

This week's lesson (January 23-29): the Controversy continues

By this time in the quarter, you're probably familiar with the concept of The Great Controversy, i.e. the idea there's a fight of good against evil.

Light against darkness.

People like King David against . . .

Wait a minute -- people like King David? The same King David who committed adultery with Bathsheba?

Yes.

Who had her husband killed?

Yes.

Whose last words make him sound like a Mafia don ordering hits on his rivals?

Yes -- and that's important.

If you need to be perfect before God can use you, after all, then none of the people in this week's lesson would qualify.
  • Elijah? Got scared and ran.
  • Hezekiah? Showed-off to the Babylonians.
  • Nehemiah? Definite problems with anger-control.
  • As for Esther . . . well, put it this way: nobody knew she was Jewish until she came right out and said so.
If you're looking for stories of amazing people doing amazing things, in other words, then go someplace else.

But if you want to hear about the God who can do amazing things with all kinds of people -- even people who aren't always brave, aren't always humble, don't always live the kind of life you expect God's people to live . . .

And yes, even people like King David?

Then take another look at the Great Controversy.

You might not like all the people in it.

But you'll probably recognize more than a few.

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