Friend: “Hannah, why do Christians act so Holier than Thou? Like goody two shoes who have never sin.”
Me: I don’t think that is a fair assessment of Christians. Most Christians are just flawed people who have found salvation from scandal. Sinners saved by the mercy and grace of God.
Friend: “Really?” Going by the way most Christians have become so judgemental and critical, that is hard to believe.”
Me: Let me tell you about some scandalous people in the Bible and how they were able to find salvation in the midst of their sins and scandal.
Brethren, the conversation above with a dear friend is the inspiration for the series on Scandal to Salvation where we shall be exploring the stories of various women in the Bible and how they were able to find the abounding, eternal, redemptive Salvation of God. How these women rose from Sin and scandal.
I will put a spin on the write ups:
I will start off by writing how our media houses today might have sensationalized and told the stories of these women. After that, I will write on what the Bible actually tells us happened.
I start with the first woman in all of creation: Eve!
The Media Headlines of Modern Times Would Probably Carry:
- Woman caught speaking with a serpent: Might have Magical Powers or Be Mentally Disturbed.
- Mother loses son in family brawl where the jealous elder brother kills his younger brother over sacrifice.
- Unashamedly, Woman betrays her family and the rest of mankind.
- Woman found red handed breaking the Law and inviting curses onto her kin.
- Husband tempted by wife into eating poisonous fruit that kills both of them.
- Husband and wife both naked asked to leave luxurious accommodation premises after angering the Landlord.
What the Bible Says:
1. Eve, Wife of Adam, Adam’s HelpMate and Rib.
Adam named his wife Eve because she was the mother of all the living.
21 The Lord God made clothing out of skins for Adam and his wife, and He clothed them.
2. Mother of Cain, Abel and Seth. Mother of all the Living.
Adam was intimate with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain. She said, “I have had a male child with the Lord’s help.” 2 Then she also gave birth to his brother Abel.
3. Eve, unfortunately succumb’s to sin after being tempted by the devil
1 Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
4. Eve punished by God for her Sin and Transgression.
He said to the woman: I will intensify your labor pains; you will bear children in anguish.
Your desire will be for your husband, yet he will rule over you.
5. God Promises Redemption and Salvation from Sin and Death.
Then the Lord God said to the serpent: Because you have done this, you are cursed more than any livestock
and more than any wild animal. You will move on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life.
15 I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. 15 Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.
6. Scandal to Salvation: God fulfills his promise.
1 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
Eve the first woman was tempted by the serpent and she fell from Grace by eating the forbidden fruit and sharing it with her husband.
This led to her, Adam and the rest of mankind being cursed and chased from the Garden of Eden.
Yet despite this curse, God promised that her seed would eventually crush the Serpent’s head.
God is faithful and he kept his promises.
Many centuries after her fall from grace and scandal, Jesus Christ was born of a woman. This same Jesus came to redeem the whole of mankind and offer salvation to everyone. Jesus brought forgiveness and grace and everyone who believes in him, will not perish but they will have everlasting life.
I pray this post speaks to someone to let them know that whatever their sin, God can redeem and forgive them.
I pray this post inspires someone to let them know that whatever the scandal they find themselves in, whatever the world and everyone says about them, there is Salvation waiting for them.
God is able to raise anyone from Scandal to Salvation.
The love of Jesus is so wide, so high, so deep there is no sin, no scandal, his love can’t can’t make right.
The grace of Jesus is so immeasurable, there is no sin, guilt, no shame, he can’t forgive and erase.