It was brought to my attention today that most of the Bible was written by men who had committed murder. That’s right! I said murder. For instance the first five books, or what is commonly known as the Law, were written by Moses. For those of you that don’t know, Moses killed an Egyptian and spent 40 yrs. on the run before God commissioned him to go and lead Israel out of bondage. On top of murder Moses had a stutter too. He felt insecure and unsure of whether God had chosen the right guy. Of course the point isn’t the man so much as God and his amazing work in the life of someone truly given over to him.
King David was the next one who wrote several Psalms in the Old Testament, and while he didn’t actually commit murder he did have someone killed. His writings tend to bring us some of the most intimate conversations, or prayers, ever written. It seems David messed up in his life but, as he was a man after God’s own heart, he repented too. He would come to God with a broken heart and find restoration. Now we can read these prayers and use them to get our hearts back in line with God on the occasions we find ourselves in the dark places of life. I have to believe God moves the men and women of the Bible through these tough places in order to give us direction on how to find our way back.
Finally the last one was the Apostle Paul, and he wrote most of the New Testament. We read in Acts 9 Saul, as he was then known, was breathing out threats and murder as he went to arrest Christians. Thankfully a risen Lord Jesus Christ met him on the road and confronted him. After Jesus and Paul got a few things straightened out he became one of the most effective preachers and teachers of the Word that we have ever known. Eventually he lost his own life for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
All of this reminds me of a time when a women washed Jesus’ feet with her hair. He was at the house of a Pharisee who questioned whether Jesus really was who he said he was. He said to himself, “This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that touches him: for she is a sinner.” Jesus responded in his usual way by telling a story. He said, “There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?” Of course the answer is “He, to whom he forgave most.”
I think this is why murderers were the ones who wrote most of the Bible. I have noticed this to be true in my dealings with drug addicts, prostitutes and murderers myself. If God really does get hold of them they are forever grateful and serve him with their whole heart. If the truth be told I believe those are the ones God is looking for because once he has them he knows he can trust them. They have already gone the wrong way and know there is nothing down that road so they are all in for whatever God has in store for them.
Written by Louie