In this audio talk, Bill Smith examines a number of biblical stories that show God’s commitment to people who repeatedly fail. Genesis 19 tells the story of Lot in Sodom and Gomorrah – by moving into Sodom and Gomorrah, Sodom and Gomorrah moved into Lot’s heart. Lot’s story demonstrates the goodness and mercy of God demonstrated to him through his uncle – God did not leave him to his own devices and sends two angels to save Lot from the coming destruction of the city. The story shows that Lot is clueless – he is blind to his own need and has ignored God’s warnings.
Judges 6-7 tells the story of Gideon, the next deliverer of Israel. Gideon doubts God’s word and asks for multiple signs – his is a story of someone who is powerless and of a God who has a special affection for those with small faith. 1 Kings 19 tells the story of Elijah and his flight from Jezebel and the prophets of Baal. Elijah has a crisis of faith – God shows his faithfulness. Elijah finds that there is not just an enemy to run from but a God to run towards. 1 Kings 3 shows Solomon’s wisdom, but also how it was used to rule in a dispute between prostitutes – the hopelessness of the prostitute is met by the hope that God gives through his wise judge.
Key Scriptures: Genesis 19; Judges 6-7; 1 Kings 3, 19